New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers 8/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/21/2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
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Left-hander Jonathon Niese (7-8) will be going for his third win in a row for the New York Mets when they go up against Clayton Kershaw (14-3) and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.
Last Saturday, Jonathon Niese was able to pick up the win over the Chicago Cubs after giving up three runs in six innings of work. He allowed seven hits in that game and struck out six batters while walking two. Niese has only walked 39 batters in 141.1 innings on the mound this season and he now has a 3.50 ERA.
Dodgers second baseman Darwin Barney has five hits in 12 at-bats against Niese in his career with two RBI and no strikeouts. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is hitless in five at-bats against him with a walk and one strikeout.
Clayton Kershaw lost a game for the first time since May on Saturday when he was beaten by the Milwaukee Brewers at home. He pitched nine innings in that game and gave up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out 11. He now has a 1.86 ERA on the year and he has struck out 10.8 batters per nine innings.
Mets infielder Ruben Tejada has three hits in seven at-bats against Kershaw in his career with three walks and two strikeouts. David Wright is just 3-for-14 against him with four walks and two strikeouts.
New York Mets Betting Trends
New York Mets are 55-58-14 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Mets is -0.1
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
Los Angeles Dodgers are 59-62-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Los Angeles Dodgers is 0.4
Injuries to Watch
New York Mets
07/26/14 P Daisuke Matsuzaka Elbow 15-day DL (7/24)
04/01/14 P Bobby Parnell Elbow 15-day DL (4/1), out for season
03/28/14 P Matt Harvey Elbow 60-day DL (3/30), out for season
Los Angeles Dodgers
08/20/14 P Zack Greinke Elbow questionable
08/17/14 3B Juan Uribe Hamstring 15-day DL (8/16)
08/16/14 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Hamstring 15-day DL (814)
08/07/14 P Josh Beckett Hip 15-day DL (8/4)
08/06/14 P Chris Perez Ankle 15-day DL (8/4)
08/06/14 P Paco Rodriguez Shoulder 15-day DL (8/4)
08/03/14 P Paul Maholm Knee 60-day DL (8/2), out for season
07/06/14 3B Erisbel Arruebarrena Hip 15-day DL (7/5)
06/18/14 P Chad Billingsley Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
06/15/14 3B Chone Figgins Quad 15-day DL (6/14)
06/07/14 P Chris Withrow Elbow 60-day DL (5/21)
03/27/14 P Scott Elbert Elbow 60-day DL (2/8)
03/27/14 P Onelki Garcia Elbow 60-day DL (3/14)
Guy's Pick: Take Los Angeles
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