The Dodgers came into this series with the Mets with an eye on the postseason, and there has certainly been a postseason atmosphere in the first two game. Each team has won a tough, one-run game so far this week, with the rubber match coming this afternoon.
Clayton Kershaw makes his return from the injured list for the Dodgers, his first start in four weeks. He is 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 starts this year, giving the Dodgers a ton of quality but not as much quantity as he would have hoped. With 33 games left in the season, Kersh will likely get five or six starts before the postseason.
Kershaw hasn’t faced the Mets since 2019, but they have enough veterans and guys who have been around the league that most of the team has at least seen him. Eduardo Escobar has seen him the most, going 4-for-20 in 21 plate appearances, but two of those four hits were home runs. Former Giant Darin Ruf (2-for-17) is the only other current Met who has homered against Kershaw.
Bassitt has had a very good first season with the Mets, going 11-7 with a 3.34 ERA. He took a loss in Los Angeles in June, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings in a 6-1 Dodgers win. The four runs came on a pair of two-run homers, one each from Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry.
Bassitt’s former AL West foe Joey Gallo has the most experience against him of any Dodger, going 4-for-11 with two homers and a double for a 1.462 OPS. Bellinger and Max Muncy have also homered off Bassitt in the past.
Chris Taylor is back in the lineup for the Dodgers, hoping to figure out his “alarming” lack of contact lately. Bellinger gets a day off, with Trayce Thompson starting in center.
Kersh is back.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 1, 2022
Today’s game will mark the 130th game of the season for LA. They are currently 90-39, on pace for just over 113 wins. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm PT.
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