The Dodgers open up a 10-game road trip with a weekend series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The last two times the Dodgers headed out on the road have been less than successful, as they are 2-11 in their last 13 road games, scoring 24 runs during that span.
The Mets handled the Dodgers pretty easily three weeks ago, winning three of four games at Dodger Stadium. But both of Friday's starting pitchers have gone in different directions since that series.
Aaron Harang allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on June 29, but has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts. He has allowed five total runs on seven hits, with two walks and nine strikeouts.
Johan Santana pitched eight shutout innings in a win at Dodger Stadium on June 30, the fifth shutout loss for the Dodgers in a six-game span. But since then he has allowed 13 runs and 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings in a pair of losses. Since his no-hitter on June 1 Santana has a 5.67 ERA in seven starts with nine home runs allowed in 39 2/3 innings, and that includes his eight shutout innings in Los Angeles.
- The Dodgers have lost four of their last five series against the Mets on the road, and are 5-11 in New York during that span, including 3-6 at Citi Field.
- The Dodgers are 19-15 in games started by opposing left-handed pitchers this season.
David Wright has three home runs and six RBI in his last two days, and is hitting .340/.407/.698 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 13 games in July.
Game Time: 4:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket