On Deck: Tuesday May 6, 2008- Dodgers

New York Mets (16-14) at Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14)   10:10pm

Nelson Figueroa (2-1) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (1-2)


What to watch: The Mets need to take both games in LA to win the series. It would be a huge boost for the Mets to win both series’ in Arizona and LA on this road trip. Kuroda hasn’t pitched well recently so tonight’s game is a good opportunity for the Mets. Carlos Beltran even had two hits last night, so his bat is starting to come alive.

Mets, Perez Ripped By Dodgers 5-1

Rafael Furcal led off the game with a homer against Oliver Perez, and that was a sign of things to come. Perez went on to give up homers to Matt Kemp and Blake DeWitt as well.

The good thing about the game is that Perez was able to get through six innings. It may have only been because Willie Randolph left him out to dry no matter how bad the game got.

Now the Mets need to take both remaining games from the Dodgers to win the series.

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On Deck: Monday May 5, 2008 -Dodgers

New York Mets (16-13) at Los Angeles Dodgers (17-14) 10:10pm

Oliver Perez (2-2) vs. Chad Billingsley (1-4)


What to watch: Get ready for some late night baseball tonight and tomorrow night. The Mets go into LA riding high off a series win in Arizona. Oliver Perez really needs to rebound from his 1.2 inning start last Wednesday. That horrible start led to Billy Wagner sounding off about Perez and the state of the team. Perez is in a contract year too. So if he expects to get a long term contract next year, he needs to start pitching like he wants it.