The Dodgers and Mets meet for a second time in three weeks, with a three-game weekend series at Citi Field in New York on the docket, with a pair of exclusive national telecasts. Here is a look at the schedule for the series and the probable starting pitchers this weekend in The Big Apple, which got a lot more interesting with Thursday morning's announcement.
Friday, 4:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Julio Urias is the youngest Dodgers starting pitcher since 1963, and their first teenage pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela in relief in 1980.
Jacob deGrom allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on May 10, and since then has allowed seven runs in 11⅓ innings in two starts, with six walks and 10 strikeouts. In six career starts against the Dodgers, including the playoffs, deGrom has a 2.72 ERA with 43 strikeouts and nine walks in 39⅔ innings.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m (Fox)
Kenta Maeda has allowed exactly four runs in three straight starts and in four of his last five outings, with a 6.08 ERA during that span, and he hasn't lasted six innings in a start since May 6. Since beating Maeda and the Dodgers on May 11, Noah Syndergaard has 21 strikeouts and no walks in 14 innings in his two starts, allowing only one unearned run.
But since hitting two home runs against Maeda at Dodger Stadium, Syndergaard is 0-for-6 with five strikeouts.
Sunday, 5:05 p.m. (ESPN2)
Clayton Kershaw (5-0, 0.64 ERA, 55 strikeouts) makes his final start of what to date has been the finest month of his career, with personal bests within his sights in wins (six in June 2014) and strikeouts (65, September/October 2015). Kershaw won't top the 0.27 ERA he had in July 2015, though that was only in four starts (one run in 33 innings).
Bartolo Colon was second in the majors in strikeout-to-walk ratio after their May 12 matchup at Dodger Stadium, but since then in two starts Colon has seven walks and six strikeouts.