Tonight’s matchup features two teams that are desperately trying to stay within striking distance in their respective divisions.
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
New York stumbles into a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers after losing 4-3 in 14 innings on Wednesday and getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets are dismal 19-30 on the road this season (-930) and have fallen 6.5 games back of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. New York is 3-10 in its last 13 games and 8-16 over its last 24 games. Offensively, the team has been held to four runs or fewer in 12 straight games, as the club has compiled a 3-9 record over that stretch. In their last seven games, the Mets have managed to score first just once, with the team being 9-28 when the opponent draws first blood. Expect a possible bounce back performance in tonight’s change of venue, with the team being 5-3 after three or more consecutive losses this season (+340) and 26-19 in this spot the last three years (+1,240).
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The second installment of the Subway Series takes place at Yankee Stadium this weekend.
New York Mets at New York Yankees
The New York Mets come into this series as the hottest team in baseball, after picking up a sweep of the Indians with a 6-4 victory on Thursday night. “We’re doing a lot of good things,” manager Jerry Manuel said. Much of their recent success has come against two of the worst teams in the American League (Baltimore and Cleveland), but now the degree of difficulty goes up with 10 straight against the Yankees, Tigers and Twins. “Right now, we can play with anybody,” shortstop Jose Reyes commented. “Right now, we’re playing very good.” OF Jason Bay will be a key player in the series, going 7-for-10 with two home runs versus the Yankees in May. He is batting .402 with five long balls and 23 RBIs in 25 games against the Bronx Bombers since the start of the 2008 season. The Mets are 8-1 during interleague play this year (+790), with the eight victories being the most in the majors.
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The Mets are currently the best home team in baseball and look to complete a three-game sweep.
Florida Marlins at New York Mets
Florida has dropped the first two games of its current road series against the New York Mets, after having a previous six-game winning streak against them. The Marlins now find themselves with a 28-29 record heading into Sunday’s contest (-350). “Bottom line is we had some opportunities to get back in the game and we’re not swinging it right now,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’ll come back tomorrow.” Even after losing to a left-handed pitcher on Saturday, Florida still possesses a dominating 13-7 record against southpaws this season (+570). The Marlins still remain two games over .500 against division foes with a 13-11 record (+50) and have a good chance of grabbing the series finale with a 6-2 mark on Sunday (+460).
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