New York vs Los Angeles : We reported recently that Air New Zealand had placed an order for several Boeing 787-10s. These aircraft are on order to replace the airlines Boeing 777-200ERs, but some are speculating that they might be placed on the coveted direct Auckland to New York flight. But Air New Zealand also has a fleet of Boeing 787-9s that could do the job.
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Steven Matz (3-3, 3.63 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 45 strikeouts) Dodgers: Rich Hill (1-1, 2.67 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 31 strikeouts)
The Dodgers are 20-6 in home games. Los Angeles ranks third in the MLB in hitting with a .262 batting average, Cody Bellinger leads the team with an average of .383.
The Mets are 11-18 in road games. New York is slugging .411 as a unit. Pete Alonso leads the team with a slugging percentage of .593. The Dodgers won the last meeting 9-5. Clayton Kershaw earned his fifth victory and Kike Hernandez went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs for Los Angeles. Tyler Bashlor took his second loss for New York.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 32 extra base hits and is batting .383. Max Muncy is 12-for-40 with three doubles, two home runs and three RBIs over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.
Several years after the 1986 World Series, in a hospitality suite at a postseason event, Bobby Valentine introduced a friend to Frank Cashen. To Cashen, who had built the Mets team that thwarted the Boston Red Sox in that memorable series, Valentine’s guest was a legend.
“Oh, wow, Bill Buckner!” Cashen exclaimed to the man, according to Valentine, the former major league manager. “You’re my favorite all-time Red Sox player!”
The Mets’ bullpen allowed six runs in the sixth inning and their late rally fell short as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Monday at Dodger Stadium. >> Box score
Six things to know about Monday’s game
1) After Jacob deGrom was taken out of the game through five innings at 105 pitches, Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora combined to give up six runs and six hits in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 lead into an 8-3 deficit, the big blow a Kiké Hernandez three-run homer off Zamora that gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.
The New York Mets begin a seven-game western swing against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The prime-time match-up will start at 8:10 p.m. EDT at Dodger Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN nationally and on the SNY Network.