Los Angeles Dodgers (40-35) at New York Mets (31-43)
|Date & Time||Sunday June 24, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Mets +145 / Los Angeles Dodgers -155 --- Over/Under: 8
The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets meet Sunday in MLB action at Citi Field.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look to keep the ball rolling after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Dodgers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 75 hits and 47 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 132 hits and 65 RBI. Rich Hill gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.99 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Hill is 1-2 with a 8.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The New York Mets need to stop the bleeding here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Mets have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have lost 14 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Asdrubal Cabrera leas the Mets with 77 hits and 41 RBI while Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo have combined for 115 hits and 46 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 2-6 with a 8.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games and 1-5 in Hills last 6 starts. The Mets are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series, 0-4 in Vargas' last 4 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-8 in Vargas' last 10 starts. The Dodgers are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in New York, 11-1 in the last 12 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
Hill has just six innings under his belt over the last month, so there could be value in fading the Dodgers here. However, I'm not bringing myself to do it given the Mets form. The New York Mets just can't finish games and their pitchign staff has been getting blasted all month. It's been no different for Vargas, who is allowing a .344 batting average on the season and has given up 14 hits and 10 runs in his last 7.1 innings. No, thank you. I have no choice but to back the Los Angeles Dodgers here.