New York Mets Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (6/2/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

As the calendar turns to June, the New York Mets have a 10.5 game lead in the National League East and are 35-17 overall.  The Mets are currently -370 to win the division and +380 to win the National League pennant; their last NL East title was 2015.  New York’s last appearance in the playoffs was in 2016; losing at home to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card Game.  Currently the Mets are +800 to win the 2022 World Series, they last won the championship in 1986.

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the 2022 World Series title at +450, they last won the World Series in the COVID shortened season of 2020, their first title since the magical 1988 season; in which they beat the Mets to capture the National League pennant and then upset the “Bash Brothers” and the Oakland Athletics in the World Series.  To begin June of 2022, the Dodgers are 17 games over .500 and at -320 are poised to win their ninth National League West title in the last ten years.

New York Mets Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Odds

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The Mets are four games over .500 against teams from the National West with a 10-6 record in 2022.  On the road New York is 16-9 as they start their series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.  The Mets have won six games in a row, including shutting out the Nationals in their last two games.  Last season the Dodgers beat the Mets in six out of seven games.  Los Angeles has a record of 352-273 against the Mets since they entered the National League in 1962.  Against teams from the National League East the Dodgers are 7-6 this season.  Los Angeles is 15-8 at home in 2022 but were swept in their last series by the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

New York Mets Starting Lineup

CF B. Nimmo L
RF S. Marte R
SS F. Lindor S
1B P. Alonso R
LF M. Canha R
3B E. Escobar S
DH J.McNeil L
2B L. Guillorme L
C T. Nido R

New York Mets Vs. Tony Gonsolin (R)

Pete Alonso was red-hot in May this year, hitting .315 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. The Mets first baseman is averaging 46 home runs and 109 RBI with a .542 slugging percentage in a full 162 game schedule.  Alonso is currently tied for second in the National League with 13 home runs, while leading the NL in runs batted in with 47.  Additionally, he has an OPS of .894 with a .531 slugging percentage.  The New York slugger is +1100 to win his first National League MVP award. 

In his first season with the Mets in 2021, Francisco Lindor hit .230 with 20 home runs, 63 runs batted in, 73 runs scored and an OPS of .734.  The New York shortstop is batting .261 with eight home runs and is tied for second in the National League in runs batted in with 43 this season.  Lindor is currently on a 10-game RBI streak.  He’s second on the club in total bases with 87; Alonso leads the team with 102 and has .790 OPS in 2022.  Jeff McNeil is a lifetime .301 career hitter and currently fourth in the National League in hitting at .318.  New York’s number one has hit three home runs, driven in 26 runs with 79 total bases for an OPS of .827 in 2022.  The last few weeks, Luis Guillorme has been a key contributor to the first place Mets.  He’s hitting .360 in 86 at-bats with six doubles, a home run and six runs batted in.  Guillorme has an OPS of .902, .459 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .443 in 2022. 

Starling Marte hit .310 with 12 home runs and 55 runs batted in playing for the Marlins and Athletics last season.  The first year New York Met has 17 extra base hits, 31 runs driven in with a .286 batting average in 2022.  Marte has 84 totals bases, an OPS of .781 while slugging .454 this season.   Brandon Nimmo has been a pleasant surprise for New York this campaign, batting .284 with 15 extra base hits while playing a stellar centerfield for the Mets.

Tony Gonsolin is 5-0 in nine starts this year with a 1.80 ERA.  The righty has struck out 44 batters while only allowing nine runs in 45 innings pitched in 2022.

Los Angeles Dodgers Starting Lineup

RF Mookie Betts R
1B F. Freeman L
SS T. Turner R
C W. Smith R
DH E. Rios L
3B J. Turner R
CF C. Bellinger L
LF C. Taylor R
2B G. Lux L

Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Taijuan Walker (R)

In his final season in Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit .300 with 31 home runs and 83 runs driven in while accumulating 302 total bases.  This season, his first with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the lefty is hitting .295 with four home runs, 30 runs batted in with an .853 OPS.  He has 90 total bases, .466 slugging percentage and a .387 on-base percentage.  The 2020 National League MVP is +1200 to win the 2022 National League MVP.

Shortstop Trea Turner has been fantastic this season for Los Angeles, batting .297 through 50 games.  The shortstop currently has a 24-game hitting streak, tops in the big leagues this season.  Turner has 13 doubles, two triples five home runs, 41 runs batted in (third in the National League) and a .816 OPS.  Additionally, he has 10 stolen bases and a .355 on-base percentage.  Last season, Justin Turner hit .278 with 27 big flies and 87 runs knocked in.  This year, Turner has 15 doubles, four home runs, 30 runs driven in, accumulated 66 total bases with a .675 OPS.  The veteran third baseman has scored 22 runs while slugging .386 in 2022. 

Outfielder Mookie Betts hit .264 with 23 home runs and 58 runs batted during his second season in Dodger blue.  The 2021 All-Star also had 227 total bases with a .487 slugging percentage and an OPS of .854 last year.  This season, Betts leads the National League in home runs with 16; he hit a two-run blast in the series finally against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  He has an OPS of 1.008 with 35 runs batted in and 119 total bases: second in all of MLB.  Additionally, the Dodgers number 50 has .306 batting average with a .617 slugging percentage.  Betts at +350 is the favorite to win the National League MVP in 2022.

This season, Taijuan Walker is 3-0 in seven starts with a 2.83 ERA.  He’s struck out 19 batters and allowed 11 runs in 35 innings with a 1.257 WHIP in 2022.   Walker is 3-2 lifetime against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 4.37 ERA in nine starts.  He’s struck out 46 hitters and allowed 23 earned runs against the Dodgers in his career.

New York Mets Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Picks & Prediction

The Mets are averaging 5.27 runs per nine innings, second overall in MLB.  They have a team batting average of .268 that leads the league, and their OPS is .750, second overall in baseball.  New York’s pitching staff has allowed 3.84 runs per nine innings, sixth in MLB with opponents’ batting .231 against the club, 11th in the league.  Los Angeles is averaging 5.57 runs per nine innings, tops in Major League Baseball. They have a team batting average of .251, fifth in the league, and their OPS is .766, best in all of MLB.  The Dodgers’ pitching staff has allowed 3.18 runs per nine innings, second in the league with opponents’ batting .219 against the team, third in MLB.  

These are the two best teams in the National League and a possible preview of the National League Championship series, I like the Mets to win this game, getting their 17th road win of the season, 5-3 as they look to win their third consecutive series.

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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