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Dodgers end May with a seven-game home stand

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The Dodgers return to their favorite place to play, Dodger Stadium today. They will end May with a seven-game home stand, the first five games will finish up the month.

The Dodgers are 19-6 at home this season, thus far, that is the best record at home in the majors. Houston is 20-7 and that is few percentage points behind the Dodgers.

The Dodgers and Mets all-time record will always be impacted by the Mets first six seasons. The Dodgers went 83-25 in those six seasons. Since then the Dodgers are 258-245 against the Mets.

Game one: Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 3.33 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.72 ERA)

Monday, May 27 - 5:10 p.m. PDT

At first you might think it has happened a lot in these two team’s histories. But while today it is first time Jacob deGrom as a Cy Young Award winner is pitching against multiple Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, this has only happened four other times.

And to be clear, I am talking about times when these pitchers have faced one another as Cy Young Award winners and not before they won the honor.

So other four times all include Dwight Gooden after he won the 1985 Cy Young Award. In 1989, he made his only start as a Cy Young Award honoree against 1981 Cy Young Award winner Fernando Valenzuela.

He then made three starts in the early 90s against 1988 Cy Young Award winner Orel Hershiser. It was one start in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

The Dodgers have won the last nineteen regular season games that Clayton Kershaw has started going back to August 19, 2018.

One thing you have to watch his Kershaw’s home run rate this month, he has given up five home runs in 26 innings in May.

Jacob deGrom started 2019 like he was still back in 2018 Cy Young Award winning form. In his first two starts this season, he pitched 13 scoreless innings and gave up eight hits and two walks. He had 12.0 strikeout to walk ratio because he had 24 strikeouts in his first two starts.

Since then, deGrom has pitched 45 innings and given up 25 runs (24 earned) for a 4.80 ERA. He has 51 strikeouts in 45 innings and has walked 15.

Game two: Rich Hill (1-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (3-3, 3.63 ERA)

Tuesday, May 28 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Rich Hill made two starts on the recent road trip and in 12 innings, he gave up one run and seven hits. He struck out 17 while walking just two.

With Robinson Cano in the 10-day injured list, the one Met who had some success against Hill will not be in the lineup.

Steven Matz last pitched against the Dodgers in 2017. In the two starts he made that season, he gave up three runs and three hits in six innings in the first start. He also struck out eight and walked five in that start.

In the second start at Dodger Stadium, Matz gave up six hits and five runs in 3⅓ innings.

Game three: Walker Buehler (5-1, 3.58 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.93 ERA)

Wednesday, May 29 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Has this month seen the return of the Walker Buehler many thought would be pitching for the 2019 Dodgers? He is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA. He has made four starts and pitched 26 innings in May. He has given up eight runs (five earned) and 21 hits. He has 28 strikeouts against two walks.

This will be Buehler’s first start against the Mets.

Like Buehler, Noah Syndergaard has pitched better in May than he did in the beginning of the season. He is 2-1 with a 3.57 ERA in May. He has pitched 35⅓ innings in five starts. He has 33 strikeouts and five walks in May.

Syndergaard last pitched against the Dodgers in 2016. He is 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts.

Game four: Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-1, 1.65 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (1-2, 5.22 ERA)

Thursday, May 30 - 7:10 p.m. PDT

Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his sixth start this month and it has been indeed a very merry month of May for him. In his prior five starts, Ryu has pitched 38 innings and given up three runs and 24 hits. He has 29 strikeouts against two walks in May.

Ryu is also on a streak at home, in his last seven starts going back to September 2018, he is 7-0 while going at least six innings and giving up two or less runs.

Ryu has an outstanding record against the Mets, 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA in six starts. His last start against the Mets was in 2018 where he recorded his first loss. The game was marred with four unearned runs.

Left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas will finish the series for the Mets. Vargas had been on the 10-day injured list since May 6th with a left hamstring strain. He was activated on Saturday May 25th and made the start against Detroit. He pitched five innings and gave up a run and five hits.

Vargas is 2-3 against the Dodgers. His last start against the Dodgers was in September 2018, he gave up five runs (four earned) in 3⅓ innings and took the loss.

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How many games will the Dodgers win against the Mets?

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