New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, 8/19/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet LA
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+190) Los Angeles (-256)
Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers (74-46, 2nd in NL West) play the New York Mets (59-60, 3rd in NL East) at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. The Mets open this matchup at +190 while the Dodgers are priced at -256. The total opens at 8. The pitchers expected to start will be Taijuan Walker and Walker Buehler.
The Mets have hit 160 doubles as a unit and have knocked 125 baseballs out of the park. New York has a slugging percentage of .380 and have been called out on strikes 1,013 times, while being walked on 375 occasions. As a team, the New York Mets are putting up 3.8 runs per game, which puts them at 28th in MLB. They have accumulated 429 runs batted in as well as 887 base knocks this year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .235. They have a total of 450 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .313.
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The Mets have compiled a team ERA of 3.81 so far this year (10th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,070 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 347 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.00 as a unit so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.08 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.22. Mets pitchers have yielded 137 home runs and also 478 runs in total (7th in the league).
The Mets relievers have a save rate of 64.7% and stepped onto the hill in 103 save situations. The relievers have inherited 147 base runners on the season with 32.7% of them crossed home plate. Mets pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 96 times in addition to having 124 appearances in high leverage situations. The Mets have sent 385 relievers to the hill for the year. The relievers have racked up 51 holds on the campaign (22nd in baseball). They have tallied 33 saves this year and have blown 18 out of their 51 save opportunities.
The New York Mets have notched a total of 3,013 putouts so far this season, in addition to 960 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which has them sitting 10th in pro baseball, and have a total of 766 double plays. The Mets have turned 69.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 9,039 innings on the field, which has them sitting 11th in baseball.
Walker has taken the mound for 699 frames and has totaled 638 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Walker (42-41 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.26 and he has gone up against 2,950 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 3.82 (297 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.235. He has given up 636 hits (8.2 hits per 9 innings) with 228 free passes.
Los Angeles has knocked in 167 home runs so far this year to go along with 600 runs batted in. They have put up 194 two-baggers, while getting a free base 472 times and scoring 625 runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers have an on-base percentage of .336 as well as a batting average of .247 on the year. The Dodgers have a SLG% of .427 and they average 5.21 runs per outing (3rd in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 1,073 instances (12th in baseball) and have notched a total of 1,004 base hits.
The Los Angeles pitching staff have allowed 430 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.09 (367 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 124 dingers and they concede 3.62 runs per 9 innings (1st in the league). The Dodgers have a team WHIP of 1.126 with a FIP of 3.60 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.21 (1,204 strikeouts vs 375 free passes). They come in at 1st in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 829.
Los Angeles has called on relief pitchers to step onto the mound in 59 save opportunities and they have come away with 35 saves. They rank 17th in MLB with a save percentage of 59.3%, and they have dispatched 428 relief pitchers onto the field so far this year. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 146 times in high leverage situations in addition to 124 occasions with runners on base. Los Angeles relievers have an inherited score percentage of 23.7% out of their 177 inherited runners. With 133 save situations, the Dodgers have earned 72 holds and also 24 blown saves.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have turned 71 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (24th in baseball). The Dodgers have recorded 966 assists, 72 errors and have accounted for 3,208 putouts this season. In their 9,624 innings on the field, the Dodgers have earned a defensive efficiency of 71.6% (2nd in the majors).
So far in his pro baseball career, Buehler has allowed 387 base hits while he has earned 582 strikeouts in 520 frames. He has surrendered a total of 164 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.001 and a FIP of 3.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.34 and he has gone up against 2,070 batters during his career. Buehler (36-11 career mark) holds a 2.84 earned run average while allowing 6.7 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-256)
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