The New York Mets may have caught a huge break before they even begin their three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. The Dodgers pushed back starting pitcher Zack Greinke two days to rest a tender right elbow. Greinke is now lineup to face Jacob deGrom on Saturday night in deGrom's return from the disabled list. While facing Greinke is no picnic, the Mets dodged a huge bullet as a result of this move.
To fill Greinke's scheduled start against the San Diego Padres last night, the Dodgers bumped their rotation up a day. That means the Mets will miss reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who has been tremendous for Los Angeles this season. Kershaw entered his start with the Padres carrying a 14-3 record and a 1.86 ERA on the season while striking out 174 batters in 145.1 innings pitched. Kershaw has also dominated the Mets in his career, going 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven career starts against them.
The Dodgers will bump Saturday's scheduled starter, Dan Haren, up to the series opener Friday night. Haren will face off with Jonathon Niese in the series opener, while deGrom and Greinke square off Saturday night. The pitching matchup figures to be in the Mets' favor on Sunday afternoon, with Bartolo Colon scheduled to rejoin the team and make the start in his regularly scheduled spot. The Dodgers will counter with Kevin Correia, who is 2-5 with a 4.01 ERA in his career against the Mets. The Dodgers are still not a great matchup for the Mets, but not facing Kershaw is still a win for the Amazin's.
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