The Los Angeles Dodgers put a bow in their pivotal series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. It was another close call, but the Dodgers grabbed another 3-2 loss. Matt Kemp was the savior on Sunday, as he knocked in the winner on a walk-off double. Max Muncy got into the action with a solo shot in the 5th inning as well. With the win yesterday, the Dodgers moved into sole possession of 1st in the NL West.
The Diamondbacks went from tied for 1st to 3rd in the division. With a win for the Rockies on Sunday, they moved into 2nd place and down by just 0.5 games for 1st. After hosting the San Francisco Giants, the Rockies have a couple of crucial series against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. And then a week later, they’ll do it all over again. There are going to be some crazy pennant races across the majors, with the NL West taking the cake in that respect.
The New York Mets will travel stay out west after they spent the past few days in San Francisco. Noah Syndergaard pitched a beautiful game yesterday to give the Mets a 4-1 win. All it can take is a few runs to back this pitching staff to get a win, but the offense hasn’t given the necessary run support too often. Especially Jacob deGrom, who has been left out to dry by his teammates all season long.
Despite having the best ERA in the majors, there is speculation whether deGrom should win a Cy Young because of his record. It’s not his fault the offense doesn’t help him out. deGrom will get the start Monday night, while the Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood. Get the rest of our writeup and free Mets vs. Dodgers pick below.
N.Y. Mets vs. L.A. Dodgers Pick
Jacob deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (8-6, 3.42 ERA)
Jacob deGrom owns a 1.68 ERA, yet he is sitting here with a record of 8-8. That’s unheard of for a guy pitching that well. It’s not just deGrom, as Wheeler and Syndergaard have watched their good efforts go to waste in 2018. Put this rotation on the Yankees and that team would be untouchable. deGrom especially doesn’t deserve to be playing on a losing team. In his last three starts, he’s been on fire with an ERA of 0.78.
He’s allowed just 2 runs in 23 innings pitched. His last outing was the most impressive of all, as he neutralized a good Cubs’ offense at Wrigley Field. Note that deGrom has allowed 2 or less runs in nine of his last ten starts. The Dodgers are hitting .219 against deGrom in 128 at-bats. This is a big start for him in his quest for the Cy Young. If he shuts down this offense now, how can you ignore his production in 2018. deGrom might catch the Dodgers on what could be a letdown spot after beating the Diamondbacks in three straight.
The Mets are hitting .220 against left-handed pitching. Alex Wood has quietly gone about his business as one of the better lefties this year. He goes into Monday with an ERA of 2.25 and 1.19 WHIP in his last three contests. Wood hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since June 3rd, fourteen starts ago. He’s also surrendered less than 3 runs in five of his last six outings. The Mets are hitting .230 against Wood in 100 at-bats. I can’t see much in the way of offense Monday night at Dodger Stadium, so a play on the UNDER is solid.