Dodgers Go For Series Win Against Mets

LOS ANGELES CA - JULY 24: James Loney #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he rounds third base after hitting the game winning walk-off homerun in the 13th inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on July 24 2010 in Los Angeles California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 3-2 in 13 innings. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Dodgers go for their first series win since the All-Star break, and on a day after using eight relievers to pitch the final eight innings, they need a strong start from their ace. At four hours and 15 minutes, yesterday was the fourth longest game of the season, and sixth game of over four hours this season.

Clayton Kershaw made his second career start against the Mets, on May 30, 2008 at Shea Stadium. It was his first start on the road, and he lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs in a game eventually won by the Dodgers 9-5. Last season, Kershaw faced the Mets again, this time at Citi Field on July 7, and didn't allow a run in six innings, striking out seven and picking up the win.

Kershaw has pitched seven innings or longer in eight starts this season, and is 8-3 with a 2.54 ERA in his last 14 starts, averaging 3.03 walks and 9.68 strikeouts per nine innings.

Today, the Dodgers face R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer who has pitched very well for the Mets this season. He has pitched six innings or longer in 11 of 12 starts this season, and is 6-4 with a 2.73 ERA. He has only averaged 2.5 walks per nine innings, a rarity for a knuckleballer. However, despite a 3.31 ERA in his last five starts, he is 0-4 and the Mets have lost all five games.

In their last 16 games, the Mets have won all four starts by Johan Santana and lost the other 12 games.

Get your guesses in for Xeifrank's game simulation here.

Game Time: 1:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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