The Dodgers are -125 favorites on the road, leaving the Mets as the home underdogs at a price of +115 or so. The total has been holding steady at seven runs.
Los Angeles Dodgers (Ryu)
The past few weeks haven't been too successful for the Dodgers. They've gone just 6-9 over their last 15 games, losing series to the likes of the Marlins, Giants and Diamondbacks in the process.
However, LA was able to start off this series with New York in a positive way, winning the opener 9-4. They've now moved to an impressive 15-9 on the road, a far better mark than what they've got going at home, where they're only 9-13.
Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will be on the mound for the Dodgers tonight. He's 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.23 WHIP through seven starts this season.
Ryu hasn't pitched for almost three weeks because of a shoulder issue, so we're interested to see how he fares in his first MLB action in quite some time. If we look at Ryu's road record this season, however, we see nothing but brilliance: Ryu has still yet to allow a single run through four road starts (26.0 IP) heading into tonight.
The Dodgers are hanging around because of their offensive production. They're fourth in the majors in batting average (.263) and are also in the top seven in runs scored, on base percentage and slugging percentage. Yasiel Puig (.333, 9 HR, 36 RBI) leads the charge for LA.
New York Mets (deGrom)
The Mets are struggling to find the winning touch. They've lost five of their last six to drop to 20-24 overall on the year.
They do, however, have to be encouraged by young Jacob deGrom, who gave the club a fantastic quality start in his MLB debut six days ago.
Against the Yankees at home, deGrom allowed only four hits and one run over seven innings. He walked two and struck out six in what was an excellent all-around performance from the right-hander. Can he get it done against a potent Dodgers lineup tonight?
Unfortunately for the rookie, offense, or a lack thereof, has let the Mets down. They're ranked 29th in team batting average, with Daniel Murphy (.309) and Juan Lagares (.302) are the only ones batting over .300.
We're still waiting for David Wright (.285, 2 HR, 25 RBI) to find his power surge, while Curtis Granderson (.205, 6 HR, 20 RBI) hasn't exactly been a world beater at the plate so far in 2014. New York simply has to get more out of those two.
Though deGrom exceeded expectations in his MLB debut, we have to side with Ryu and the superior Dodgers offense this evening.
LA is hitting .303 as a team over the last week, with Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and even Carl Crawford having each slugged two homers.
More importantly, Ryu has been a stud away from home, much like the Dodgers overall. They'll come up against a Mets team that's just 9-13 in their own ballpark this season, so we're not going to over-think this one. We'll be backing Los Angeles to go up 2-0 in the series with another victory as the MLB betting favorites.
MLB Pick: Dodgers -125