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Dodgers vs Mets: Lineups, Pregame Matchups, and More for August 30

When the Dodgers faced the Mets in June, it was a series between two first-place teams, but it wasn’t a battle between two juggernauts. This time around, it’s the teams with the two best records in baseball going head-to-head in a clash of titans.

The Dodgers open up a three-game series in New York this evening, looking to solidify their hold on the best record in baseball. The Dodgers currently have an eight-game lead on the Mets for best record, so a series win could turn that to a nearly insurmountable lead.

Andrew Heaney will start the series opener for the Dodgers, looking to build on a very good start against the Brewers in L.A. that came after his first bad start of the year in Milwaukee. Overall, Heaney is 2-1 with a 1.94 ERA in nine starts this season. This will be his seventh straight start after making just three starts around two separate IL stints in the first four months of the season.

Heaney has only faced the Mets once in his career, back in 2014. Former American Leaguers Mark Canha (5-for-18 with a .990 OPS) and James McCann (2-for-11 with a .439 OPS) are the only Mets with at least 10 plate appearances against Heaney.

Opposing Heaney will be Taijuan Walker, the former Diamondback who has faced the Dodgers plenty of times in his career. Walker is having an outstanding season for the Mets, posting a 10-3 record with a 3.38 ERA. He took a tough loss in Los Angeles in June, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings in a 3-1 Dodgers win.

Plenty of Dodgers have a fair amount of experience against Walker, with Justin Turner (5-for-17 with two doubles and a homer and a .922 OPS) the most successful of the experienced group. Several Dodgers have a lot of success against him in smaller samples, including Mookie Betts (4-for-8, 1.056 OPS), Will Smith (2-for-8, double, homer, 1.083 OPS), and Gavin Lux (2-for-2).

Smith gets a day off, with Austin Barnes catching and Joey Gallo at DH in his return to New York. The struggling Chris Taylor also rides the pine today, with Trayce Thompson in left field. Lux is back in the lineup after playing just one of the last five games.

Today’s game will mark the 128th game of the season for LA. They are currently 89-38, on pace for nearly 114 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 pm PT.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Yikes, todays lineup includes 3 guys batting less than 200 and another just barely above 200

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