LA Dodgers (26-24) at NY Mets (28-20)
When: Sunday, May 29th 2016
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN2
The New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers will play the rubber match of their weekend series on Sunday Night Baseball. Things got a little heated last night as Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the 3rd inning for throwing behind the Dodgers’ Chase Utley in what the home plate umpire deemed a retaliation from last year’s playoff incident in which Utley broke second baseman Ruben Tejada’s leg. Utley responded in the next inning with a solo homerun and then came through with a grand slam in his next at-bat. The 37-year old has driven in nine of the Dodgers’ 14 runs this weekend and is 10-for-20 in his career against tonight’s starter Bartolo Colon. The Mets took the opener on Friday night after Utley tied the game with two-outs in the 9th on a three-run double. Curtis Granderson won it in the bottom-half with a solo homerun. This will be the last regular season meeting between these two clubs this season.
Pitchers: Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) | Mets – Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44)
Kershaw improved to 7-0 lifetime against the Mets on May 12th, scattering three hits and striking out 13 in a 5-0 rout for the second of three shutouts in his last five outings. He has yielded three earned runs in his last 42 innings, fanning a staggering 55 batters against two walks in that stretch. Kershaw saw his franchise-best streak of double-digit strikeouts snapped after six starts as he fanned only seven in a two-hitter versus Cincinnati on Monday.
Colon turned in his worst start of the season versus Los Angeles on that same May 12th day against Kershaw, falling to 2-6 lifetime against the club after allowing five runs in as many innings of a 5-0 setback. The veteran has struggled mightily versus Adrian Gonzalez, who is 12-for-27 (.444) against him and 6-for-9 (.667) with three runs scored in this series. Colon pitched well in his latest outing, allowing just one run in seven innings of a 7-1 victory over Washington.
There’s no way you can go against Kershaw right now. Only Jake Arrieta’s recent performance can match Kershaw right now. The Dodgers will hit Colon tonight, so feel confident in taking the runline in this one.
Pick: Dodgers -1.5 -115