Thursday night baseball brings the highly-anticipated National League battle between New York and Los Angeles, so we have prepared the best Mets vs. Dodgers betting pick along with the latest odds update on BetMGM Sportsbook.
The Metsies and Blue Crew open a four-game series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. They meet for the first time this season, and the Dodgers won six of their seven encounters with the Mets in 2021.
The Mets just finished a perfect homestand
The New York Mets are rolling on a six-game winning streak following a 5-0 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon. They swept a couple of three-game home sets against Philadelphia and Washington in the process, improving to 35-17 on the season.
The Mets have scored a whopping 49 runs over those six contests, tallying a .325/.397/.500 triple-slash. On the pitching side of things, they’ve registered a 2.78 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a couple of shutouts. In their previous two showings, the Mets have outscored the Nats 15-0.
Taijuan Walker will take the mound Thursday, searching for his third consecutive win. After throwing seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory at the Rockies on May 22, Walker yielded a couple of earned runs through five innings in an 8-2 win to the Phillies this past Saturday. The 29-year-old righty is 3-0 with a strong 2.83 ERA in seven starts this season, though he’s fanned only 19 across 35 frames of work.
The Dodgers hope to get back to winning ways
The Dodgers’ Wednesday night clash against the Pirates at home has been excluded from the analysis. Los Angeles was looking to avoid a sweep after a couple of shocking losses to Pittsburgh, 6-5 and 5-3.
The Blue Crew have gone 13-4 over their previous 17 games. In the last couple of weeks, their pitching staff has recorded a 2.55 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, while the Dodgers’ lineup has amassed 21 home runs, 31 extra-base hits, and a .268/.347/.478 slash line.
Tony Gonsolin will take the hill Thursday, aiming for his second straight win. Last Saturday, the 28-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of a two-run ball in a 3-2 road victory at the Diamondbacks. Gonsolin is 5-0 with a shiny 1.80 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 44/16 K/BB ratio in nine starts (45 innings) in 2022.
- 2-10 in the last 12 games against the Dodgers
- 13-4 in the last 17 games overall
- 4-1 in Tony Gonsolin’s last five starts
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Pick
The Mets destroyed the Nationals’ and Phillies’ pitching, but they’ll have a much taller task against Tony Gonsolin and the Dodgers’ bullpen. Gonsolin has been Los Angeles’ best pitcher so far this season, while the Blue Crew’s relievers have posted a sharp 2.87 ERA and 2.73 FIP in the last ten days of action.
On the other side, the Mets’ bullpen has recorded a 2.78 ERA and 3.48 FIP in that span. The visitors desperately need a strong display from Taijuan Walker, who hasn’t impressed last time out despite picking up a win over Philadelphia. The current Dodgers have 23 hits and three home runs in 88 at-bats against Walker.
Pick: Take Los Angeles Dodgers
As I’ve mentioned above, both teams are doing a great job at the plate, so Gonsolin and Walker will be tested properly in this matchup. Although their bullpens are among the best in the majors, the Mets and Dodgers should not provide a low-scoring affair.
These two teams are way more dangerous when hitting the righties. The Dodgers boast the highest OPS in baseball against the right-handed pitchers (.784), and the Mets are right behind them (.763). The over is 11-8 in the last 19 encounters between the Mets and Dodgers.
Pick: Go over