Hello from Dodger Stadium, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets will start a three-game set on Monday night, otherwise known as Hello Kitty Night, which comes with its own designated ticket package.
If you want a Hello Kitty, you'd better have already purchased your promotional package. That damned thing is SOLD OUT. Probably has been for months. You'll have better luck with the Vin Scully jersey giveaway on Tuesday.
Tony Gonsolin is no doubt bummed to still be on the shelf for the Kitty-themed game, but Cat Man's injury isn't the only reason that both the Dodgers and the Mets have been among baseball's more disappointing contenders. There are plenty of worse teams than these two, but neither possess the sheen of infallibility that the Dodgers have grown accustomed to and that the Mets thought they'd bought this offseason when they came away with Justin Verlander.
Both teams need a spark, and the Dodgers are hoping that the Mets coming west will provide some juice after a lifeless and umpire-thwarted ending against the Cubbies.
Dodgers Lineup for Monday, April 17 vs Mets
Check back closer to first pitch for the lineup's publication!
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Monday, April 17 vs Mets
Dustin May (1-1, 1.47 ERA) will look to rebound from his worst (read: only bad) start of the season, a difficult road tilt against the San Francisco Giants, against a Mets team that comes in on Sweep Vibes, but also Oakland A's Sweep Vibes, which do not taste as sweet (especially when the series finale takes extra innings. They did escape the Coliseum without running into the wayward possum that's taken over the road television broadcast booth, though, so that's good.
On the mound for the Mets will be left-hander David Peterson. Though he continues to get squeezed out of the team's rotation whenever a more high-profile name wraps their rehab (Verlander, Jose Quintana), he's been serviceable (though he does sport a ghastly 1.84 WHIP this season in three starts).
Former Dodgers friend/foe Max Scherzer, pushed back from his Sunday start in Oakland with side soreness, is still slated to pitch Wednesday, as of this writing.