The Dodgers will take the field on Tuesday night looking to shake off a tough loss to the New York Mets, featuring a failed comeback and a bullpen disaster. Luckily, they've got just the man to do it taking the mound on Vin Scully Jersey Night.
The Dodgers' offense came to life on Monday against David Peterson and the Mets after being undone by the Cubbies (and the umpires) over the weekend. After falling behind early due to an uncharacteristically bad Dustin May performance (five runs in 5.2 innings, maybe the peripherals were right...), Freddie Freeman's two homers and Max Muncy's solo charge helped lead the Dodgers back.
Unfortunately, left-hander Alex Vesia was again shamed in the seventh, allowing three straight singles after the Dodgers had grabbed a lead. Predictably, he ended up the losing pitcher. Now, with the Mets suddenly sitting pretty at 11-6, it's up to the Dodgers to calm their momentum.
Dodgers Lineup for Tuesday, April 18 vs Mets
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Tuesday, April 18 vs Mets
The Dodgers-Mets pitching probables look lopsided, but as we all know, you can never underestimate a talented opponent with a wicked lineup.
The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the bump for his fourth start of the year. Thus far, he's 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA, completing 18 innings while whiffing 17 men. He currently holds a sparkling 1.11 WHIP.
The Mets will be a significant challenge offensively, but without their co-ace Justin Verlander and free agent signee Jose Quintana, they're rolling with a slightly patchwork rotation. That includes Tylor Megill, who has shone brightly so far (3-0, 2.25 ERA, 13 whiffs in 16 innings). He was supposed to start at Syracuse, but he hasn't let that deter him one bit in the early going.