|LA DODGERS ( WOOD )|
NY METS ( WHEELER )
|vs Right-handed Starters||21-26||-21.1||31-15||5.2||0.247||0.317||0.424||0.741||4.9||0.246||0.312||0.396||0.708|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||0-7||2.1||0.195||0.305||0.339||0.644||2.6||0.202||0.287||0.313||0.601|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||-2.7||8-12||3.8||0.227||0.301||0.355||0.657||4.5||0.247||0.313||0.393||0.707|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||4-3||6.4||0.303||0.388||0.492||0.880||5.6||0.284||0.350||0.470||0.820|
|6/15/2018||STRIPLING(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HOLLAND(L)||3-2||W||-255||8 un||U||6||7||0||4||2||1|
|6/16/2018||WOOD(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||3-1||W||-140||7.5 ov||U||6||6||1||4||7||0|
|6/17/2018||FERGUSON(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)||1-4||L||-180||8.5 ov||U||4||3||1||3||6||1|
|6/19/2018||MAEDA(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||CHATWOOD(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||6||11||0||8||13||0|
|6/19/2018||HILL(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||1-2||L||110||8 ev||U||9||13||0||8||10||0|
|6/20/2018||STRIPLING(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||0-4||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||12||7||0|
|6/22/2018||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/23/2018||FERGUSON(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|6/24/2018||HILL(L)||@ NY METS||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/25/2018||MAEDA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|6/26/2018||STRIPLING(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/27/2018||WOOD(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|6/28/2018|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|6/29/2018|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|6/8/2018||DEGROM(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||1-4||L||-105||7 un||U||4||4||1||5||2||0|
|6/9/2018||MATZ(L)||NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)||3-4||L||+145||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||8||6||0|
|6/10/2018||LUGO(R)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-0||W||+240||7 ov||U||5||6||2||3||4||0|
|6/12/2018||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||2-8||L||145||8.5 un||O||3||4||0||10||5||1|
|6/13/2018||DEGROM(R)||@ ATLANTA||SOROKA(R)||0-2||L||-110||7.5 un||U||2||4||1||8||5||0|
|6/14/2018||VARGAS(L)||@ ARIZONA||KOCH(R)||3-6||L||115||9 un||P||4||2||0||8||5||0|
|6/15/2018||LUGO(R)||@ ARIZONA||GODLEY(R)||3-7||L||120||8 ev||O||7||7||0||12||8||1|
|6/16/2018||MATZ(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||5-1||W||160||7.5 ev||U||10||8||1||6||8||0|
|6/17/2018||WHEELER(R)||@ ARIZONA||BUCHHOLZ(R)||5-3||W||120||9 ev||U||9||8||1||7||7||0|
|6/18/2018||DEGROM(R)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||12-2||W||-120||9.5 ev||O||15||8||1||5||4||0|
|6/19/2018||VARGAS(L)||@ COLORADO||MARQUEZ(R)||8-10||L||145||11.5 ev||O||9||4||1||16||8||2|
|6/20/2018||LUGO(R)||@ COLORADO||BETTIS(R)||8-10||L||105||11.5 ev||O||13||12||2||12||7||0|
|6/21/2018||MATZ(L)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||4-6||L||145||11.5 ev||U||11||6||0||9||7||0|
|6/22/2018||WHEELER(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/23/2018||DEGROM(R)||LA DODGERS||FERGUSON(L)|| |
|6/24/2018||VARGAS(L)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|6/29/2018|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|LA DODGERS: 2017 104-58, first place, lost to Houston in World Series
MANAGER Dave Roberts (third season)
ADDITIONS: OF Matt Kemp, RHP Tom Koehler, LHP Scott Alexander, LHP Henry Owens
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Brandon McCarthy, LHP Tony Watson, LHP Luis Avilan, LHP Scott Kazmir, LHP Adam Liberatore, OF Andre Ethier, INF Charlie Culberson, OF Curtis Granderson, LHP Grant Dayton, OF Franklin Gutierrez, RHP Josh Ravin
OUTLOOK: The Dodgers are favorites to win a sixth consecutive NL West title with a roster that returns mostly intact. They lost the World Series to Houston in seven games, extending the franchise's drought to 30 years without a championship. Los Angeles had a quiet offseason, other than shedding the contracts of Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy in an effort to lower payroll. The move brings the team under the luxury tax for the first time since 2012, which figures to pay off next winter when a highly anticipated group of big-name free agents becomes available. Kemp has been a surprise in his return to the club. He was acquired from Atlanta as part of the Dodgers' salary dump and figured to be traded. However, he has been a solid performer in spring training. Kershaw anchors the rotation, and Jansen is one of the best closers in the game. A multitude of veterans will be vying for playing time as a result of the team's heavy use of platoons and matchup-driven lineups. Turner suffered a wrist injury late in spring training and will miss the early portion of the season.
|NY METS: 2017 70-92, fourth place
MANAGER Mickey Callaway (first season)
ADDITIONS: 3B Todd Frazier, RF Jay Bruce, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Matt Purke, C Jose Lobaton
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Terry Collins, LHP Josh Smoker, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Chasen Bradford, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Tyler Pill, LHP Tommy Milone, OF Travis Taijeron
OUTLOOK: Callaway had great success with Cleveland's arms, and the injury-plagued Mets are counting on his methods, along with new pitching coach Dave Eiland, to keep their talented but fragile rotation intact. New York also overhauled its medical department, hoping to keep star players on the field. Syndergaard and deGrom make for an imposing 1-2 punch. So if Harvey, Matz and Zack Wheeler -- even one or two of them -- can finally stay healthy and approach their initial big league form, the pitching staff could be terrific again after unraveling last year with a 5.01 ERA that ranked 28th in the majors. Vargas was signed to eat innings but will miss some time at the beginning of the season after surgery for a broken right (nonpitching) hand. All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto (27 HRs, .384 OBP, .939 OPS) is targeting a May 1 return from surgery for a dislocated left shoulder. His status is critical to a lineup that lacks speed and a natural leadoff hitter. Nimmo made strides last season and is a potential candidate for that role while platooning early with Juan Lagares to fill Conforto's spot in center field. After the Mets spent nearly $90 million to plug holes in free agency, it still might be a stretch to envision them seriously challenging star-studded Washington for NL East supremacy. But with better health in a soft division, they could certainly rejoin the wild-card hunt.
|Dodgers, Mets set for first meeting|
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't currently occupying a playoff spot, but manager Dave Roberts spoke confidently Wednesday about playing in the postseason. New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, on the other hand, is beginning to sound like a skipper who knows his team will be long forgotten by October.
Two teams headed in opposite directions will square off for the first time this season Friday night when the Mets host the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Right-hander Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood (2-5, 4.22).
Both teams are coming off series-deciding losses. The Mets suffered their third straight defeat Thursday when they fell to the host Colorado Rockies 6-4 in the finale of a four-game set. The visiting Dodgers were off Thursday after losing to the Chicago Cubs 4-0 in the last game of a three-game series Wednesday afternoon.
The series loss was the first in 10 series for the Dodgers (38-35), who are 21-9 since dropping two of three to the Miami Marlins from May 15 to May 17. The hot streak vaulted them from fourth place in the National League West to second place during the surge and gained 5 1/2 games on the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who hold a 2 1/2 game lead heading into Friday's action.
In addition, Los Angeles has moved two games behind the Washington Nationals in the race for the second NL wild card.
The Dodgers did all this despite getting little to no contributions from stars such as Justin Turner, Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, all of whom have been on the disabled list for the last five weeks, and Cody Bellinger, who has struggled most of the season. No wonder Roberts sounded so confident after Wednesday's loss.
"We're going to be somewhere in October," Roberts told reporters. "I can't speak to the opponent, but we're going to be somewhere."
It will take a miracle for the Mets (31-41) to be anywhere but a golf course when the playoffs begin. New York, which has lost 40 of 60 since an 11-1 start, is 11 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East and 8 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.
The Mets' slide has been marked by extreme highs and lows on both sides of the ball. They have scored 42 runs in the last six games, a span in which the pitching staff posted a 5.14 ERA.
New York scored just 42 runs in 17 games from May 28 through June 15, during which its pitchers posted a 4.13 ERA.
"There's no magic pill or magic wand to make everything sync up at the same time," Callaway told reporters Thursday afternoon. "I think that's been the tale of our season so far. Even when we're not winning games, we have a part of us that's going good. We just have trouble getting (everything) to sync up at the same time so we can get on a good run again."
Wheeler didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start on Sunday, when he gave up two runs in six innings as the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3. Wood won the last time he took the mound last Saturday when he allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Wheeler lost his lone career start against the Dodgers on June 19, 2017, when he surrendered seven runs in two innings as the Mets fell 10-6. Wood is 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 8/15/2018 9:06:10 PM EST|