Things aren’t going to get any easier for the struggling and limping Mets as they begin a 10-game road trip in Los Angeles Monday night to face… the best pitcher in baseball. The Mets, having just lost three of four to the NL East-leading Nationals, face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of a four game series.
The dominant Kershaw has been his usual self this year, pitching to a 9-2 record with a 2.23 ERA. Kershaw has been even better in June, pitching exactly seven innings and having given up two or fewer runs in each of his three June starts. He comes in on five days’ rest, and when pitching on regular rest this season, his ERA is 1.93 ERA.
The Mets, not surprisingly, have struggled against Kershaw recently. Over the last three seasons, Kershaw is 2-0 with a miniscule 0.83 ERA in four regular-season starts against the Mets, including two complete games. Current Mets hitters are batting just .171 (12 for 70) in their career against the three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP.
The Mets counter with Zack Wheeler, who despite being their most consistent starter for much of this season, got demolished by the Cubs in his last start, allowing eight earned runs in just 1.2 innings last Tuesday against Chicago. Wheeler faces a red-hot Dodgers team that has won nine of its last 10 ballgames.