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Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 39,264

Mets rely on deGrom to derail Dodgers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets

  1. The Dodgers have won eight consecutive games at Citi Field, their longest winning streak in an opposing stadium since they took 11 straight from the Giants in Oracle Park from 2006-07. It's the second-longest winning streak by a visiting team at Citi Field. The Nationals won 12 straight there from 2013-14.
  2. The Mets are coming off a four-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in which they outscored Arizona 26-4, their largest run differential in a four-game series since they outscored the Reds 36-12 from Sept. 24-27, 2015. New York hit six home runs in Thursday's finale after going deep five times on Wednesday, the first time in franchise history the Mets have had at least five homers in consecutive games.
  3. The Mets own the majors' best record when facing a right-handed starting pitcher since the All-Star break at 30-10, with the Dodgers second over that period at 25-12. New York is just 6-10 against lefty starters since the break, however.
  4. Cody Bellinger has five home runs in his last five games at Citi Field, making him one of only two visiting players in the park's history with five homers over a five-game span. The Cardinals' Paul DeJong did so from April 1, 2018 to June 16 of this season.
  5. Clayton Kershaw is 9-0 with a 2.14 ERA over 14 career regular-season starts against the Mets. Juan Marichal (22 starts) and Larry Jackson (21) are the only pitchers to begin their career with a longer unbeaten streak against the Mets, with both streaks running from 1962 to 1967.
  6. Seth Lugo has held opposing hitters to a .073 average (4-for-55) at Citi Field since July 1, the best mark in the majors in home games during that period (min. 50 batters faced). For the season, Lugo has limited hitters to a .454 OPS at home, also tops in the majors (min. 125 batters faced).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The New York Mets aren't denying reality: They're not in control of their fate in the National League wild-card race. On Saturday night, the Mets will hope their best pitcher can nudge them a little closer to taking the steering wheel.

Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets as they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle game of a three-game series.

The right-handed DeGrom (9-8, 2.70 ERA) will oppose Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 2.45 ERA) in what might be a battle of the two front-runners for this year's Cy Young.

The Dodgers cruised to a 9-2 win Friday night, when Clayton Kershaw tossed 6 1/3 solid innings and Gavin Lux hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fourth inning.

The loss for the Mets (76-71), coupled with the Cubs' 17-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, left New York three games behind Chicago in the race for the second wild card. Both teams have 15 games remaining.

The Mets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped Friday, are also staring up at the Milwaukee Brewers, who are a game behind the Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies, who are 2 1/2 back.

"It's the elephant in the room," Mets left fielder J.D. Davis said. "We all keep track of the opposing teams and who's in the hunt and who's not. Can't say that we aren't, we'd be lying to you guys.

"But the best thing we can do is just take care of ourselves. You can't sit there and worry about the Cubs, worry about Milwaukee. If we're not winning games, then it's pointless."

On paper, nobody should give the Mets a better chance to win than deGrom, who has surged into the Cy Young race by posting a 2.20 ERA in his past 20 starts. But in continuing with the hard-luck theme of his career, New York is just 8-12 in those appearances.

Still, even if the Mets fail to provide much support for deGrom, the NL West champion Dodgers (96-53) know he'll present quite a challenge.

"As long as we win, I don't really care," Kershaw said Friday night. "I'd much rather face somebody that's not good, you know?"

DeGrom continued gaining ground on Ryu in the Cy Young race in his most recent start Monday, when he earned the win after allowing one run over seven innings as the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1.

Ryu hasn't started since Sept. 4, when he didn't factor into the decision after giving up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies. It was the fourth straight subpar start for Ryu, who is 0-3 with a 9.95 ERA since Aug. 17.

While Ryu still leads the NL in ERA, deGrom will enter Saturday ranked ahead of Ryu in innings pitched (183-161 2/3) strikeouts (231-142) and opponent's batting average against (.215-.241).

DeGrom is 0-4 with a 3.23 ERA in nine career regular-season starts against the Dodgers. Ryu is 4-1 with a 1.38 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 14, 2019

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