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MLB: L.A. Dodgers at New York Mets

Even though the Mets have won four straight they are the home underdog tonight facing a Dodgers’ pitcher that has yet to lose this season.

L.A. Dodgers (8-10) at New York Mets (10-9)

Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Dodgers as the away favorite posted at -140 with the Mets at +120 with a run total of 8.5.

Tonight in ESPN’s Monday Night Game the New York Mets host the L.A. Dodgers. This is an important NL series for both teams, as the Mets are starting to play great after a bad start and the Dodgers need to start winning so they do not fall too far back in the NL West.

The Mets have won four in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are tied with the Marlins and Nationals for second place in the NL East 1.5 games back of the Phillies. The Dodgers are coming off a loss, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and trail the scorching Padres by three games in the NL West.

This season New York is 8-5 at home and L.A. is 4-8 on the road.

On the mound tonight for New York is Oliver Perez (0-2 3.71 ERA), who in his last outing gave up two earned runs in five innings in a loss. On the hill for the L.A. is Hiroki Kuroda (2-0 2.18 ERA), who in his last start gave up three earned runs in five innings earning the win.

Perez has not pitched poorly this season, but in his three starts he has only got five runs of support from the Mets’ offense. He is 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers.

Koruda, who has been one bright spot for the Dodgers’ pitching staff this season, is 5-1 in his last seven starts away from L.A., but is only 0-2 with a 12.86 ERA in two road meetings against the Mets.

The Dodgers’ offense is not having any problems scoring this season, as they rank second in the NL in runs scored, but their pitching staff is killing them allowing the third most runs in the NL.

The reason the Mets have rebounded from a rough start is their pitching, which has a team ERA of around 2.00 in their last eight games.

New York may want to pitch around Matt Kemp in this series, who in the NL has the most HR’s and ranks second in RBI’s and is hitting .436 with six RBI’s in his last 10 games against them and is 4/11 with a HR against Perez.

In tomorrow night’s pitching match up New York Ace Johan Santana (1-1 2.59 ERA) takes the mound and just like Perez he has not got much run support. Vicente Padilla (1-1 7.06 ERA) was supposed to pitch tomorrow for LA, but he was recently placed on the 15-day DL and a starter has not been announced.

For the final game of the series on Wednesday in a match up of two struggling pitchers looking for their first win John Maine (0-2 8.64 ERA) is slated to start for New York and Charlie Haeger (0-2 6.46 ERA) is slated to start for L.A.