Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Dodgers Vs. Mets Aug. 13

Dodgers vs Mets: Playoff Races Heating Up
You know it’s going to be a good playoff race when games in mid-August start to show playoff implication. The Wild Card is coming out of the NL West this season in some combination between the Padres, Dodgers, and Giants. That puts more emphasis on getting wins if you’re the Mets, who are currently locked in their own three way race for the division title and seemingly their only shot into the postseason. Can the Dodgers keep the wins rolling and avoid the wildcard spot? Are the Mets able to stop their skid and beat a playoff caliber team like the Dodgers?

Ultra Consistent Urias
In a season where everything has come at this Dodgers pitching staff, Urias has stepped up and filled in a starting role and done so better than most would have anticipated. So much so that he is tied for the lead for most wins in the NL. The Dodgers are 11-4 in Urias last 15 starts and current batters in the Mets line up are hitting .269 with only 28 lifetime at bats. The Mets have been struggling against lefties since the start of August only hitting barley above .200 at .209 and have only scored four runs off of left handed pitching in almost 70 at bats. If Urias can stay consistent in this game, the Mets struggles will continue.

There is No Place like Home
This should be the 2021 Mets motto as this club is two games above .500, yet they are 14 games above .500 at home. Urias has pitched consistently well at home and on the road, but he certainly has not come across a team this dominant at home. The Mets did finally break out of their slump after winning both games of their double header against the Nationals and Urias’ only flaw has been allowing the long ball, allowing a homer in 10 of his last 15 starts and with the Mets emerging from their slump, we all know they have plenty of power with reigning two time home run derby champ Alonso. Megill will face his toughest test against this Dodger line up. The young right hander was on fire out of the gates with the Mets going 6-1 in his first seven starts, but has struggled and come back to earth a little bit in his last two starts allowing nine runs and the Mets losing both games. He is a hard throwing right hander with good strike out numbers and a low walk total. Megill has been subject to the homerun ball as well, he has allowed a homer in six of his nine starts.

Dodgers – Mets Pick
Yes, the Mets are 14 games above .500 at home, but looking at their schedule that is not all that surprising. The Dodgers come to town playing some of their best baseball of the season and are really showing that they have been here before and know that these games leading up to October have meaning. Megill has begun to struggle at the worst time for the Mets as their trying to stay afloat in the NL East divisional race and he won’t be able to sit back and try and throw his fast ball past these Dodger hitters as they will be able to turn on it quick and continue Megill’s home run issues. Take the more hungry and consistent team in the Dodgers on the money line -140 up to -150.

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