Los Angeles Dodgers vs New York Mets Predictions
Key Stat: Cody Bellinger is still hitless against the Mets
- The Mets have been playing well defensively
- The Dodgers can still rely on Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts
- The Mets have a psychological advantage ahead of Game 3
The NY Mets managed to bounce back and pick up a victory in Game against the strong LA Dodgers. Timmy Trumpet saved them with a fantastic grab during the last play of the night for a narrow 2-1 win on Wednesday. This outcome helped the Mets keep their advantage over the Braves in the standings as they continue blazing in 2nd place in the National League. There has been a significant overall improvement in the pitching department which might turn out to be crucial for the upcoming Playoffs. The team from New York is currently playing quite well defensively in the series against the Dodgers as well.
On the other hand, the leaders in the MLB can start experimenting, thus losing a bit more matches throughout the remainder of the season. However, this is not expected to hurt their chances for the Playoffs as they will most likely end up in 1st place in the National League. Moreover, some of their top players have been slightly out of rhythm lately as Cody Bellinger is still looking for his first hit in the series against the Mets. The 27-year-old center fielder has been stopped by Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker and we think that his negative streak will continue against Chris Bassitt (11-7) who averages a 3.34 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 24 appearances in 2022.
Key Stat: Clayton Kershaw (7-3) might crumble under pressure at Citi Field
- This will be Kershaw’s first game in a month
- The Mets have the upper hand in psychological terms
- The Dodgers might suffer a slight hit on their form
The NY Mets and the LA Dodgers have been one of the most consistent teams in the MLB this season and they will deservedly make the Playoffs in October. However, there are still some uncertainties as the Mets will most likely fight for their second place with the ATL Braves until the end of the year. This will surely give them an extra motivation to defeat the Dodgers as they also have a slight psychological advantage from Game 2. On Thursday, they will have Chris Bassitt (11-7) who has been playing on a decent level throughout the campaign so far. The 33-year-old starting pitcher averages a 3.34 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, making him one of the most consistent players within the Mets.
At the same time, the Dodgers’ selection on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw (7-3) has also shown his versatile throws across the course of the 2022 MLB campaign. However, he missed nearly a month due to an injury and is expected to make his return tonight. The 34-year-old pitcher shares quite a lot of experienced in the MLB as he has set his eyes on his 400th appearances which might happen this year. Despite his decent averages of a 2.64 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, his strikeouts percentage takes a serious hit in 2022. He averages just below 6 strikeouts per game and we think that he won’t be able to match up that number on Thursday.
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