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Game Preview: Dodgers to Finish Series with Mets Before Heading to Colorado

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte (43) shakes hands with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) after making the final out of the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Time: 4:35 PM PT

Venue: Dodger Stadium

New York Record: 62-76

Los Angeles Record: 76-63

How are the Dodgers Doing?

After trailing the Mets, 4-0 early in the game on Tuesday, the Dodgers wound up doing something they had failed to do over the past week. They scored more than three runs. Eleven runs crossed the plate for Los Angeles with home runs by Austin Barnes and David Freese.

Why is this Game Important?

Despite their victory, the Dodgers failed to make progress in the standings. The Rockies defeated the Giants on Tuesday, as they maintain a 0.5 game lead. Following the affair with the Mets, the Dodgers will spend their weekend in Colorado for a three-game series.

Pitching Matchup

Hyun-Jin Ryu (4-1, 2.24 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (9-7, 3.37 ERA)

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound for Los Angeles as they attempt to win the series. Ryu did not factor in the decision in his last start, after allowing two runs in seven innings against the Diamondbacks. He last faced the Mets in August 2017, when he allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings.

Zack Wheeler makes his 27th start of the year. He faced the Dodgers back on June 22, where he took home the loss after giving up four runs over seven innings. Since that start, Wheeler is 7-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 12 games. He lost his last start against the Giants, despite allowing just one run over seven innings.

Matchup of the Day

Cody Bellinger vs Zack Wheeler

No player in the Major Leagues has hit more home runs against Zack Wheeler than Cody Bellinger. Although they have faced each other just five times, Bellinger has three home runs against the Mets’ righty. Bellinger’s most recent home run against Wheeler was a grand slam at Citi Field in New York.

Vegas Odds

Odds Sharks

Predicted Score

Los Angeles: 4.5

Mets: 3.9

Moneyline Consensus

Los Angeles: -180

Mets: +170

FiveThirtyEight

Los Angeles: 62% chance of winning

Mets: 38% chance of winning

Fun Fact

Both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Wheeler made their Major League debuts in 2013, missed the entirety of the 2015 season to injury and are appearing in their 93rd career game on Wednesday.

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Written by Arthur Cribbs

Arthur Cribbs is a journalism student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan and when he is not at school, he resides in Los Angeles.

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