Adding Darvish to the Dodgers rotation should help the team stay robust down the stretch, and it’s an unwelcome sight for the New York Mets in their series this week. It’s a huge boost for Los Angeles, especially since ace lefthander Clayton Kershaw is projected to miss up to a month with a nagging lower back injury.
The Dodgers have the best record in baseball right now and the NL West title in their sights and adding a player like Darvish just makes them that more dangerous. The 30-year-old will make his debut in this series against the Mets.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
Dates: Friday, August 4, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017
Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
It’s been a disappointing year for the Mets, who have been reduced to the role of spoiler as injuries to their starting pitching has shot their chance at competitiveness. New York traded reliever Addison Reed before the deadline, and will be looking toward next year.
However, there is some hope for 2018, as the pitching should be better and there are a pair of promising young position players leading the way. Michael Conforto has developed into a star while Amed Rosario was recently called up and will look to prove himself at the big league level. This is a good series to get experience for the Mets’ young hitters.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 4, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET (Local TV)
Jacob deGrom (Mets) vs. Yu Darvish (Dodgers)
This will be one of the best pitching matchups of the week. Darvish is only 6-9 on the season with a 4.01 ERA but has the type of pitches that can flummox any lineup. It would not be a surprise at all to see him catch fire down the stretch with the Dodgers.
DeGrom is 12-4 on the year with a 3.29 ERA. While Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey have each dealt with injuries this season, DeGrom has stayed healthy and has looked great. He has 162 strikeouts in 139.2 innings and will be a tough matchup for the Dodgers.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 5, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET (FS1)
Seth Lugo (Mets) vs. Rich Hill (Dodgers)
Lugo is 5-3 with a 4.53 ERA this season. He allowed five runs in five innings last time out, breaking a string of four straight pretty solid outings. He is a fringe starter and only a fill-in but the Mets could do worse than Lugo.
Hill always seems to have injury issues, but there’s no denying his effectiveness when on the mound. He is 8-4 with a 3.35 ERA this season and could be in line for another good start. Hill has only allowed five combined runs over his past five starts to get the ERA down to the level of an All-Star.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 6, 2017, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Steven Matz (Mets) vs. Hyun-jin Ryu (Dodgers)
Matz is 2-4 this year with a 5.50 ERA. He has been much better than that during his career but injuries and ineffectiveness have made 2017 a season to forget. Matz is still a good pitcher and it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to perform well in this game even though he is facing a formidable Dodgers lineup which includes the likes of Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner.
Ryu is 3-6 with a 3.83 ERA. He had a masterful outing in his most recent start, giving up only five hits and no runs in seven innings against the Giants. Ryu didn’t get a decision since the game went to extra innings but he certainly deserved a victory. Ryu is only the No. 5 starter since Los Angeles is so deep in its rotation but he is definitely better than that talent-wise.