The one thing about the Los Angeles Dodgers this season is they don’t lose many games. Just the 38 so far this year.
New York Mets will be the Dodgers opponents this midweek and they will need to find a way of getting a win, as they look to hold off the challenge of the Atalanta Braves in the National League East.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets, Game One of Three
Citi Field, Flushing, Queen’s, New York
00:10, Wednesday August 31st 2022
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Los Angeles Dodgers -140, New York Mets +120
The Dodgers are in the zone right now with a winning percentage of .702 and their magic number down to 15 thanks to their 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins.
Los Angeles lead the National League West by a mammoth 19.5 games over their nearest challengers, the San Diego Padres, who are battling for a place in the Wild Card positions.
The Dodgers were set to have a six-man rotation for a couple of weeks to give their pitchers plenty of rest heading into the play-offs.
However, those plans have now been temporarily shelved as Tony Gonsolin, their star pitcher in 2022, has gone down with right forearm tightness and has been placed on the 15-day injured list.
Gonsolin had felt some discomfort in his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers and while throwing a short bullpen session with pitching coach Mark Prior.
The 28-year-old was sent for checks and they came back negative so the Dodgers coaching staff have decided to take the pitcher out of the firing line to speed up his recovery.
Gonsolin is one of the favourites for the National League Cy Young Award at +2500. He leads the NL with 16 wins and a 2.10 ERA.
Speaking to the official Los Angeles Dodgers website, team manager Dave Roberts said: "He's gone so hard all year. So to make that IL move, to skip two starts, it just didn't seem like a whole lot of cost, and hopefully that'll kind of reset him and get him ready for the postseason."
Max Scherzer threw an outstanding game on Sunday in the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Scherzer struck out 11 and despite the loss, the Mets took three from four against the Rockies and have won 24 from 36 since the All-Star break.
This will be a tough three games against the Dodgers, but afterwards we’ll have a clearer idea on where the Mets stand in regards to their Divisional title hopes and also their appearance in the postseason. Following the Dodgers’ series, they have a potential softer run-in towards the end of the regular campaign.
Speaking to the official New York Mets’ website, former Dodger Max Scherzer said: "It matters, they've had a great season so far in what they’ve been able to do. You play this game to face the best. Obviously, they've been one of the best teams in baseball. For them to come into town, you want to beat them. It's a great opportunity for us, a great challenge for us to go out and face them."
Earlier in the season the two sides split a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. In 2021, the Dodgers took six from seven off the Mets.
New York will have two of its best pitchers starting Wednesday & Thursday in Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt. However, for game one it will be Taijuan Walker on the mound for the Mets.
Walker has been slightly erratic recently but does have a 10-3 record with a 3.38 ERA. He was recently knocked out of the game after one inning against the Braves, giving up seven hits and eight earned runs.
The 29-year-old hasn’t won a game against the Dodgers in his last three appearances as a Met. The last time Walker won against LA was as a Seattle Mariner in 2019.
On the mound for the Dodgers will be Andrew Heaney. The 31-year-old has a 2-1 record with a 1.94 ERA and has pitched against the Mets before, taking a loss in 2019.
Heaney last took to the mound on August 24th against the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched six innings and gave up two hits, one walk and struck out 10 batters.
At least the Mets won’t have to face Gonsolin, who threw a stunner against them back in June at Dodger Stadium in a 2-0 LA win.