Sunday night baseball and we will see the New York Mets in Los Angeles to finish up a 4 game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game is scheduled for an 8:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on ESPN. Currently the odds have the Dodgers favored at -145, while the Mets are dogs of +136. The total for the game sits at 6 runs.
Free Analysis: The Mets are on a roll and will shoot for a four-game sweep of the Dodgers this evening. They have won four straight since losing four in a row and improved to 8-4 in the last 12 contests with Saturday's convincing win. Mets starter Johan Santana gave up just three hits in eight innings for the victory and improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Dodgers. New York has posted 10 shutouts this season and won 9-0 on Friday and 5-0 yesterday. Met starters are now 33-19 in 2012. Dillon Gee draws the start for the Mets this evening and he has lost three of his last four trips to the mound. In Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, Gee was touched for four runs and nine hits in five frames to fall to 5-6 in 15 starts to go along with a 4.42 ERA. Opponents are batting .259 off the right-hander, who has given up at least two runs in each of his past six outings. The Met offense has been better on the road (5.2 rpg) than at home (3.9 rpg) and they come in having scored 34 runs in their last 4 games of this trip. Trying to slow down the Mets tonight will be Dodger Ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was beaten on the road by San Francisco his last time out in Tuesday's 2-0 loss, as he yielded both runs and eight hits in six innings to fall to 5-4 in 16 starts with a 2.74 earned run average. The left-hander hopes to push his 3-3 home mark over .500 tonight and stay unbeaten in his career against the Mets. He is 4-0 with a sparkling 1.39 ERA in five starts in this series. The Dodgers have been held scoreless in 56 of their last 57 innings, and have dropped seven in a row for the first time since an eight-game slide from Aug. 22-29, 2008. They are also playing without sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier because of injury. over their last 1o games the Dodgers have averaged just 1.4 rpg and have hit just .187. New York won five of seven meetings with the Dodgers last season.
Free Pick: Despite the scoring woes the Dodgers have had I'm going with the Over in this one. Sure the Dodgers have scored in just 1 of their last 57 innings, but they may be able to break out some vs Dillon Gee, who has a 4.23 ERA on the road and a 4.61 ERA at night. Gee's road starts have averaged 10 rpg, while his night starts have averaged 9.5 rpg. Gee has allowed 3 ER's or more in 3 of his last 4 starts and 3 is key here for the Dodgers, because I believe a hot NY offense will put up at least 3 of their own. The Mets have hit .267 and have scored 5.6 rpg in their last 1o games and they will be taking on a Dodger ace that has not been dominant of late as he owns a 4.08 ERA in his last 6 starts, while in his last 2 starts at home he allowed 9 ER's combined. No reason to think that the Mets can't score 3+ runs in this one, even if Clayton has a 1.39 career ERA vs them. The Kicker he is the fact that when the Mets face a lefty the Over is 21-5 on the year. I expect at the very least a push, but will call for 8 runs and the OVER here.
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