Dodgers 4 – Mets 2 May 8, 2011

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The Mets couldn’t get much offense going against Clayton Kershaw. They only had 8 hits and 4 walks in the game and left 10 on base. Only Jose Reyes had an extra base hit for the Mets, another triple that scored Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the ninth.

R.A. Dickey was decent but not outstanding again going 7 innings and allowing 3 earned runs. He did allow 10 hits and 2 walks so he had trouble going throughout the game.

The Mets won the series despite the loss today and head to Colorado for a three game series.

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Preview: Dodgers at Mets May 8, 2011

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-19) at New York Mets (15-18) 1:10pm

Clayton Kershaw (3-3 3.38) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-3 4.62)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets are going for the sweep today before they leave for Colorado. It won’t be easy against Kershaw though, one of the best young pitchers in baseball. His last start was a good win against the Cubs going 7 innings and allowing only 2 runs.

Dickey hasn’t gotten a win since April 3rd and he got rocked in his last start against the Giants for 6 runs in 6 innings. He hasn’t been the stopper that he was last year by any stretch of the imagination.

Video: Mets Weekly Report – Dodgers, Young, Pridie

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In this week’s Mets Weekly Report video with Kerel Cooper of On The Black, we talk about the current Dodgers series. The Mets have won the first two games and go for the sweep today. We talk about beating the teams from the west coast and the Dodgers lineup and finances.

We also get into the frustration of Chris Young pitching well but missing last night’s start at the last minute. He appears headed for the disabled list for the second time in the first six weeks of the season.

Kerel brings up the issue of what to do with Jason Pridie when Angel Pagan comes back from the disabled list. Do the Mets release Willie Harris and keep Pridie as a bench player?

Mets 4 – Dodgers 2 May 7, 2011

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The Mets won their third straight game, won the series against the Dodgers, and have a chance for a sweep tomorrow. The big story in this game was that Chris Young had trouble getting loose in the bullpen before the game and was scratched. Dillon Gee got the last minute call to start. He seemed to be in trouble in every inning but went 5.1 innings and allowed only 2 runs.

The Mets offense had 9 hits and 5 walks. Jose Reyes was 2 for 5 but fell asleep off first base and got picked off by Dioneer Navarro in an embarrassing play. Then he broke from second to third on a ball hit to the shortstop. He definitely didn’t have his head in the game on the bases tonight.

The big hit came in the bottom of the eighth from Justin Turner. The bases were loaded and he hit a long ball to center that went over Matt Kemp’s head for a long single scoring 2 runs.

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Preview: Dodgers at Mets May 7, 2011

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-18) at New York Mets (14-18) 7:10pm

Jon Garland (1-2 3.81) vs. Chris Young (1-0 1.88)

TV: WPIX   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets will try to take the series against the Dodgers with a win tonight. The Dodgers have only won one of the four games that Garland started this year. But he’s only allowed 6 runs in his last three starts over 22 innings.

Young’s last start in Philly was tremendous going 7 innings and allowing 2 hits and no runs. He’s been so much better than I expected him to be. His stuff doesn’t look that impressive but he knows how to pitch and get people out.

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What Most Fans are Really Paying Attention to this Weekend

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Amidst heavy financial burdens, trade rumors, the aftermath of a messy divorce, and an impressive, yet flawed hit streak, there is actually baseball being played in Queens this weekend between the Mets and the Dodgers.

Much like the Mets, the Dodgers are an under-achieving team in flux at the moment. They have a new manager, are struggling to play .500 baseball, and are faced with the possibility of MLB seizing control of the organization at the end of May when owner Frank McCourt fails to submit the payroll. Although the Mets’ financial situation may not be as desperate as the Dodgers’ at the moment, these two franchises seem to be mirroring each other from the left to right coast.

Despite the off-field issues of each franchise, the attention of both teams fan bases, baseball wise, lie in two individual stories. For Met fans, the electrifying play of Jose Reyes is one of the few highlights of the young season thus far. However, his play has been overshadowed by his looming trade prospects. For Dodger fans, Andre Ethier’s 30 game hit streak has enamored despite the team’s lackluster play as of late. In the eyes of many fans outside of L.A., Ethier’s feat up to this point may not seem as arduous considering he took a day off on Thursday, something Joe DiMaggio never did during his 56 game hit streak. Continue reading “What Most Fans are Really Paying Attention to this Weekend”

Preview: Dodgers at Mets May 6, 2011

Los Angeles Dodgers (15-17) at New York Mets (13-18) 7:10pm

Hiroki Kuroda (3-2 3.10) vs. Jon Niese (1-4 4.71)

TV:SNY    Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Dodgers come to town off losing a series in Chicago and four of their last five. The big news is that Andre Ethier is bringing a 29 game hitting streak to this series. Kuroda has pitched well in his last three starts. He’s allowed 6 earned runs in 20 innings over that span.

Niese has also pitched well in his last three starts although the Mets lost two of the three. He allowed 6 earned runs over 19.1 innings over that span. He’s still trying to recover his ERA from a couple of terrible starts at the beginning of the season.