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Major League Baseball
Preview
NY Mets at LA Dodgers
When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, July 4, 2015
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California

The New York Mets did little to suggest they are ready to break out of a long offensive funk in their last time out, but some timely hitting powered them to a rare road victory. The Mets attempt to win their third straight game away from home after a seven-game road losing streak on Saturday when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second of a three-game set.

New York came through with productive at-bats after falling behind 0-2 in the count in three straight plate appearances against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen in its 2-1 series-opening victory as Lucas Duda doubled and scored the game-winning run in the ninth inning following an infield single by Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki’s sacrifice fly. While the Mets (41-40) managed to reach the midway point with a winning record for the first time since 2012, they managed two runs or fewer for the 13th time in their last 15 games. Los Angeles owns the National League’s third-best home mark at 27-14, but has seen its play at Dodger Stadium drop off of late, losing four of its last six at the venue. The lack of offense in the opener is a troubling sign for Saturday’s starter Zack Greinke, who has seen the NL West leaders score two runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts.
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, Fox

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Matt Harvey (7-5, 2.99 ERA) vs. Dodgers RH Zack Greinke (6-2, 1.58)
Harvey turned in his third consecutive stellar start last Saturday, permitting one unearned run over six frames, but did not factor into the decision in a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2010 draft is 1-1 with a 0.46 ERA over his last three turns after going 1-3, 7.20 in his previous four outings. Harvey struggled in his only two starts against Los Angeles in 2013, going 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA.
Greinke finally reaped the rewards for his recent dominance, notching his first victory since May 5 — and ending a streak of nine winless outings — after pitching four-hit ball over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Miami on Sunday. The major-league leader in ERA hasn’t allowed a run over his last 21 innings and has yielded two or fewer runs in 10 of his last 11 turns. Greinke, who is 21-5 all-time at Dodger Stadium, is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts versus New York.

WALK-OFFS
1. The Mets have scored a total of 25 runs over their last 15 contests.
2. Los Angeles 2B Howie Kendrick stole second in Friday’s loss, ending a streak of 23 consecutive games by the Dodgers without a stolen base since June 7 — the longest by the franchise since 1900.
3. New York 2B/3B Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 in the opener, ending a 17-game on-base streak during which he was batting .391.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 2, Mets 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Mets 41-40 W1 29-14 12-26 23-15 8-15 5-6 5-4
LA Dodgers 45-36 L1 27-14 18-22 6-4 6-9 29-20 4-3
Last Meeting
NY Mets LA Dodgers
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/3/15 NYM 2 LA 1 .212 0 .523 .097 1 .377
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets W. Flores .750 3 1.500
LA Dodgers J. Turner .333 1 1.167
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets L. Duda 0 1 0
LA Dodgers A. Gonzalez 1 1 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 1.00 .212 10
LA Dodgers 2.00 .097 10
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NY Mets J. Lagares .253 73 .619
LA Dodgers H. Kendrick .294 87 .768
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NY Mets C. Granderson 13 42 28
LA Dodgers J. Pederson 20 45 38
Pitching ERA Avg K
NY Mets 3.37 .231 635
LA Dodgers 3.25 .253 705