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Wednesday, August 14th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (54-63) at Los Angeles Dodgers (69-50), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82)
Los Angeles - Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50)
(Sports Network) - It doesn't look like anything can slow down the Los Angeles
Dodgers right now.
The National League West leaders go for a three-game sweep of the New York
Mets on Wednesday night having already put together the best 47-game span by a
club in 62 years.
The Dodgers have won 22 of their 25 games since the All-Star break and have
put together a 39-8 mark over their last 47 games. That is the best for the
franchise over that span since 1900 and the best by any club since the New
York Giants had an identical record during 47 contests of the 1951 season.
Los Angeles faced off against the exciting Matt Harvey on Tuesday and posted a
4-2 victory. Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitched the phenom with seven strong innings. He
allowed a first-inning homer to Juan Lagares, but allowed just four hits after
that to remain unbeaten over his last nine outings.
"Ryu matched their guy pitch for pitch. He used all of his pitches and he made
his pitches when he had to," said Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis. "We have a
confidence right now that everyday we're going to find a way to win."
Ellis and Nick Punto each knocked in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won
seven in a row for the first time since 2010.
Los Angeles is also slated to have shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the starting
lineup for the first time since Aug. 4. He has made just one pinch-hit
appearance since due to a sore right shoulder.
The Mets, meanwhile, may be forced to put third baseman Wilmer Flores on the
disabled list due to a twisted right ankle suffered on Monday. The prospect
has been filling in at the hot corner with David Wright out because of a
strained right hamstring.
New York had won five of six ahead of this series, but saw Harvey yield four
runs over six innings.
"He made a lot of mistakes, a lot of breaking balls on the plate," said Mets
manager Terry Collins. "He got out of a couple jams with some double plays,
but he's human."
Dillon Gee now takes his shot at shutting down the Dodgers and is 2-1 with a
1.53 earned run average over his last five outings.
The Mets right-hander has yielded one run or fewer in four of those games,
including last Thursday versus Colorado. Gee picked up a 2-1 win, giving up a
run on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings without a walk.
"I thought he pitched very effectively after the first inning," said Collins
of Gee. "Once the game went on he got better."
The 27-year-old is now 8-8 with a 3.82 ERA in 23 starts this season and will
try to pick up his first win over the Dodgers. He is 0-2 in three previous
encounters with a 4.76 ERA.
Taking the hill for the Dodgers will be Chris Capuano, and Los Angeles has won
each of his last five starts.
The 34-year-old southpaw has posted three scoreless outings over that time,
spanning a total of 19 1/3 innings, but has been tagged for 10 earned runs
over 8 1/3 innings of the other two.
Capuano was roughed up for six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits over 4 1/3
innings of a no-decision versus Tampa Bay on Friday. He is 4-6 with a 4.50 ERA
in 17 games (15 starts) this season.
In seven career starts versus the Mets, a club that Capuano pitched with in
2011, he is 1-5 with a 5.53 ERA.
The Dodgers won two of three in New York in late April and have won eight of
the past nine in this series overall. That includes a three-game sweep at New
York last July, but Los Angeles has not swept the Mets at home since a three-
game set from May 18-20, 2009.
08/14 10:33:28 ET