Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets Free Pick - 8/13/13
New York Mets (54-62) at Los Angeles Dodgers (68-50)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Matt Harvey (R) (9-3) (2.086) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) (11-3) (2.993)
Los Angeles Dodgers -120 / New York Mets +110 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
Starting pitching is the main reason for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers having success this year; on Tuesday NY and LA aren't kidding around with Matt Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99 ERA).
You might not be able to pick either men out of a lineup as Major League Baseball players, but believe me they bring the heat. Turning into the face of the Mets Harvey continues to amaze with performances like his last a complete-game shutout of the Colorado Rockies Aug. 7. Harvey won 5-0, but was beaten 3-0 six days earlier at the Miami Marlins.
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Overall on the road Harvey is 5-1 yielding seven runs during 35.1 innings in away victories. The Dodgers were defeated 7-3 in New York April 24 despite dialing in three runs during six frames off of Harvey who Los Angeles is 5-of-23 with four RBIs against. Matt Kemp has driven in three runs while Skip Schumaker has the other RBI versus Harvey.
The Dodgers know scoring may come even more difficultly Tuesday so they'll want Ryu to be on top of his game. Ryu has won his last five decisions surrendering 10 runs, nine earned, during 31.1 innings. As good as that is LA will probably be on the losing end in Game Two if Ryu isn't better than that. The Dodgers have outscored their last eight opponents when Ryu's gone 53-20.
Los Angeles also beat the Mets 3-2 April 25 in NY as Ryu took a seven-frame one-run no-decision. The Mets are 3-of-19 with a David Wright RBI against Ryu who is 5-1 at Dodger Stadium. Ryu's lone loss came April 2 versus the San Francisco Giants 3-0 giving up three runs, one earned, during 6.1 innings.
LA rallied past New York 4-2 in the opener. The Mets led 2-0 during the top of the second via John Buck's and Omar Quintanilla's RBI-singles. However, NY could not strike again despite going 3-of-10 with Runners In Scoring Position. The Dodgers went ahead during the bottom of the sixth off of Yasiel Puig's sacrifice fly.
Los Angeles tied things up on Adrian Gonzalez's RBI-single and then added another run on Nick Punto's HR the next frame. The Mets have won five of seven and the Dodgers have won 21 of their last 24 games. Don't be surprised if New York once again has a lead. Now whether the Mets can mantain it will be interesting.