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How does the Mets offense compare to other teams?
The Mets offense is averaging more than a run per game, and it has been more than that in each of their last five games.
The Mets have a lot of talent, but they’ve struggled mightily in the outfield.
They have the best batting average in baseball with .353, but the other teams average .256.
It’s not just that the Mets have had a lot less success against the run, but it’s also that the team has struggled against the power-hitting hitters who have hit the ball well against them.
That may explain why the team’s run prevention has been so bad: the Mets allowed just eight runs per game last year, which ranked 28th in the league.
The good news is that the lineup is getting back to basics, with Mark Teixeira back from injury, and Matt Harvey returning from a four-game suspension, making him a regular in the lineup.
How is the bullpen helping the Mets?
This year’s bullpen has been good enough to get to within two runs of the NL Wild Card, but not as good as it could have been.
In the Mets’ two wins over the Dodgers, the bullpen allowed a run on four hits and two walks over six innings.
This is a unit that has struggled mightier against left-handed hitters this year, but in the Mets 3-2 win over the Cardinals, the relief corps allowed three runs on four walks and three hits over six frames.
The rotation is looking a lot better, too.
Matt Harvey has been brilliant this season and has posted a 2.78 ERA with 5.0 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9.
Zack Wheeler is the best left-hander in the majors, and he has been excellent this year as well, going 9-2 with a 2,868-3.5 K/BB ratio.
This year, Wheeler is batting .286 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs, while Harvey is hitting .271 with 14 home runs, 41 RBIs and a .927 OPS.
The starting pitching has been solid, but that may be changing as the Dodgers are now 5-0 against the Mets in the series.
Who will be in the starting lineup against the Dodgers?
Mark Tejada, the starting pitcher for the Mets, is expected to be the Mets starter tonight, but right now, that position is open to debate.
There are a lot more options than just Tejadas.
The team has also been using more right-handed pitchers, which has led to some questions about who will get the nod.
The lineup has a lot to play for tonight, though.
The Dodgers have a solid lineup with Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig, who all have a strong arm and can command the strike zone.
The Marlins are a great offense and have the talent to score runs, but their rotation has been struggling lately.
The only other right-hander who has been a dominant pitcher is Jake Odorizzi, who went 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA with 1.4 BB/8.