Mets vs. Dodgers MLB Odds, Picks, Predictions: Can Los Angeles Dominate New York Again? (Friday, June 3)
Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Anderson.
- The New York Mets stay out west to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
- The Mets got completely shut out at the plate Thursday, generating only four baserunners all game.
- Kenny Ducey explains why to expect more of the same below.
Mets vs. Dodgers Odds
|Over/Under||8 (-115 / -105)|
|Time||10:10 p.m. ET|
|Odds via BetMGM. Get up-to-the-minute MLB odds here.|
After a thrilling pitcher’s duel in Los Angeles that went the way of the Dodgers, the Mets will try to re-establish some momentum with a win in the second game of their utterly compelling series out west.
Can Tyler Anderson do what Tony Gonsolin did on Thursday? Let’s get into it.
Can Mets Bounce Back?
The Mets are known for being able to dink and dunk their opponents to death and entered the series as the top team in contact rate this week leading up to their four-game set in L.A.
With that, what transpired on Thursday was a shock.
The Dodgers held the Mets to just four baserunners in a 2-0 loss out west, as New York recorded just three hits and a walk with a concerning nine strikeouts, upping its average of 7.45.
For as well as the Pirates hit the Dodgers earlier in the week, the win over the Mets seemed to show that these arms are, indeed, good.
It also seemed to be the case that perhaps the Mets — who were top-three in wRC+ and top-10 in barrel rate in the week leading up to the series — were beneficiaries of a soft schedule against the Phillies and Nationals.
The power surge was pretty eye-opening, but it may not be representative of a new level of offensive dominance.
Chris Bassitt takes the mound here for the Mets, and he’s faded a bit after a blistering hot start to his season.
His ERA has ballooned to 3.66 after a couple of brutal outings in the last couple of weeks that saw him allow a combined 12 earned runs. Though, he recovered against Philadelphia last time out and allowed just a run over six frames.
Dodgers Pitching On Point
The Dodgers exhibited dominance in the pitching department on Thursday as noted above, quieting down concerns over the sweep at the hands of the Pirates. Gonsolin was superb over six frames, and Brusdar Graterol, Daniel Hudson and Craig Kimbrel followed in line.
For as great as that was, the level of offense on display was even better. The Dodgers tallied eight hits and two walks, striking out just four times against Mets pitching.
Though those aren’t exactly crooked numbers, they’re pretty good against a pitching staff that has been excellent for the better part of the season. The four strikeouts, in particular, showed how well the Dodgers were seeing the ball and are proof enough that they won’t be scared of Bassitt’s 24.4% strikeout rate.
Anderson will try to follow in Gonsolin’s footsteps, and if his season is any indication, he should have a pretty solid chance of replicating his success. The lefty has posted excellent hard-hit (28.9%) and walk (3%) rates, getting outs on the ground and commanding the zone in an extraordinary manner.
Pitching to contact well doesn’t really matter against the Mets, nor does limiting walks. New York will swing, and it will not only make contact but put said contact in the right places.
With that said, Anderson’s decent 24.2% strikeout rate coupled with the Mets’ performance on Thursday night gives me some hope here.
On top of that, Bassitt has been showing us his true colors of late; his expected ERA has called for regression all season. This stumble in May should come as no surprise.
The Dodgers showed in the first of this four-game set that they’re still capable of making their mark in a low-scoring game on offense. They continued to apply pressure and should do so here to great success.
Pick: Dodgers ML -155