The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming off a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks that they hope to put behind them. Having defeated Arizona in seven of their last eight meetings before last weekend’s series, the Boys in Blue were unable to remain dominant, winning just one game at Chase Field, including a double-digit loss with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. After a day’s rest, the team continues their road trip on a venture across the country to face the New York Mets.

The Dodgers managed to win all but one game of the teams’ six meetings last season, and Josh Beckett looks to maintain the stronghold against the Mets today. The right-hander threw a shutout 6.1 innings last week against the Miami Marlins en route to earning his first win in 14 starts. With an impressive 2.38 ERA on the season thus far, Beckett has bounced back from last year’s season-ending surgery better than anyone could have hoped for, and he credits A.J. Ellis for his improvements this season.

The 34-year-old veteran faces off against New York’s top pitching prospect, Rafael Montero. As Montero competes for the final spot in the Mets starting rotation, the 23-year-old is making just his second career Major League start. Although he suffered the loss during in MLB debut, facing off against the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka, the young right-hander did throw six strong innings and allowed three runs and five hits.

Although Yasiel Puig had his 16-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, the 23-year-old has been a force to be reckoned. In the month of May, Puig is batting .385 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. With close to a full year in the majors under his belt, he enters today’s game as the current National League Co-Player of the Week and looks to continue to make his case for Player of the Month.

The right fielder will be batting behind leadoff man Dee Gordon while Adrian Gonzalez assumes his usual role as the cleanup man. Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford will be batting fifth and sixth respectively, and with Crawford sporting a .450 batting average over his past 12 games, one can understand why Andre Ethier is once again the outfielder that sits.

Dodgers Lineup

2B: Dee Gordon

RF: Yasiel Puig

SS: Hanley Ramirez

1B: Adrian Gonzalez

CF: Matt Kemp

LF: Carl Crawford

3B: Juan Uribe

C: A.J. Ellis

P: Josh Beckett

Mets Lineup

LF: Eric Young Jr.

2B: Daniel Murphy

3B: David Wright

RF: Curtis Granderson

CF: Chris Young

1B: Lucas Duda

SS: Wilmer Flores

C: Juan Centeno

P: Rafael Montero
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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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