Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets Free Pick – 8/12/13

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 8/12/13
2013-08-12 09:10:00 EDT

The rising New York Mets play the surging Los Angeles Dodgers Monday in what has the makings of a great series.

NY helped LA out in the National League West by taking two of three over the weekend at the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets waxed Arizona 9-5 on Sunday. The first three runs came home via a D-Backs error. Anthony Recker made it 4-0 New York after the top of the first with a double. Omar Quintallia’s RBI-single two frames later put the Mets up 5-1. Andrew Bitemn and Wilmer Flores went deep later for the final damage inflicted by NY.

The Dodgers destroyed the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday Night Baseball 8-2. Los Angeles scored the game’s first six runs via Clayton Kershaw’s (11-7, 1.88 ERA) single, Mark Ellis’ double, A.J. Ellis’ sacirifice fly and Adrian Gonzalez’s double. The Dodgers added two more runs during the bottom of the sixth on M. Ellis’ home run.

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Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 3.65 ERA) is LA’s next ace. Nolasco is 3-1 with the Dodgers after being with the Miami Marlins. Los Angeles is 5-1 however when Nolasco takes the baseball for them winning twice on the road in his no-decisions.

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Nolasco’s just gone once at Dodger Stadium falling 3-1 to the Colorado Rockies July 14 conceding three runs during five innings. At the Mets April 6 Nolaso got a no-decision going 5.1 frames of three-run baseball in a 7-3 Miami defeat. New York is 52-of-177 with 25 RBIs, 17 alone from David Wright, versus Nolasco.

The Mets turn to Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 1.96 ERA). Mejia is 1-1 on the road. Mejia wowed the Washington Nationals for seven scoreless innings in an 11-0 victory and fell 3-2 to the Marlins allowing three runs during six frames.

NY beat Colorado 3-2 in Mejia’s last start at Citi Field. LA is 1-of-7 with a Hanley Ramirez RBI against Mejia. Call me crazy, but I think the Mets are a play worth making Monday.

Mitch Wilson's Free Pick:
NY Mets +180
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