LA Dodgers (H Ryu) (@2.25) vs NY Mets (J deGrom) (@1.61)

Our Prediction:

NY Mets (J deGrom) will win

LA Dodgers (H Ryu) – NY Mets (J deGrom) Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 19:10

He didnt debut in the majors until he was almost 26 years old, which means he isnt your typical player a couple years away from free agency. In fact, contract extension talks have gone nowhere. They probably dont want to pay what its going to take to keep him when he hits free agency either. But if the Mets hold deGrom, thats fully defensible. It plagued the Dodgers from 2010-12 before the new ownership took over and righted the ship. So, the best course of action in this writers eyes is to sell off deGrom for a massive return to replenish the farm system or acquire an established, young veteran player (and prospects) to help the Mets with their rebuild. Im always on the side of a full rebuild. The only thing is, deGrom is already 30. Martinez signed late in the offseason) the Mets risk holding onto deGrom and losing him in free agency after his age-32 season while getting nothing for him and potentially playing for nothing important. The worst place a team/franchise can be is in the middle. And with teams being more and more cautious on the free agent market even for top-end talent (Yu Darvish and J.D.

Smith would be a great secondary piece for the Mets, while Ortiz an 18-year-old holding his own in the AZL is the lottery ticket here. Bellinger was well on his way to winning the National League Rookie Of The Year Award and was showing incredible power and some maturity at the plate. A year ago at this time, this would have seem preposterous. Dominic Smith is playing mostly left field and Peter Alonso, despite hitting well at Double-A this season, doesnt have near the ceiling Bellinger does. Fast forward a year later and Bellinger hasnt been as good as he was last season (but hes still been solid) and the Mets currently dont have a true first baseman they could pencil in for the next decade.

Of course that means nothing now and deGrom is throwing better than anyone in baseball. However, the Dodgers are one team he hasnt had much success against. And the ace has left the questionable bullpen out of the equation by pitching deep into games. Dont expect a lot of runs to be scored in this game with deGrom on the bump. They are the only NL team deGrom hasnt beaten and he has an ERA of 3.26 in six career starts against them. It wont take much for the Mets to get a win and they will plate a few off Ferguson, making the under a good play.

For a team like the Dodgers, which is set to contend for the foreseeable future and came within one win of winning it all just (nearly) four months ago, moving Buehler to land one of those two impact players wouldnt be as outlandish as it may initially seem. Odds are, Buehler wont contribute as much to the team in that amount of time as either Archer or Yelich would. The best part is that the Dodgers could just keep and continue to develop Buehler. Archer is under team control for four more years and Yelich for five. Buehler could contribute in other ways (as a relief ace), but if youre asking me whod be more valuable over the course of those time periods, Im going with the established big leaguers. I am saying that if they have the chance to trade him for an established, controllable star like Archer or Yelich, it would absolutely be defensible. Oh, and theres the always apt TINSTAAPP There is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect. Im not saying I want the Dodgers to trade Buehler, and Im pretty confident that they arent going to.

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Jacob deGrom remains one of the more interesting names on the trade market, though one general manager isnt sure the National Leagues Cy Young Award favorite is actually on the trade market. Im not sure how serious they are about moving deGrom, the GM said of the Mets. I dont see them doing it. It feels like theyre just keeping the door open for someone to come in and offer them something absolutely insane.

This would be a lot easier if the Dodgers had signed 2018 first-round pick J.T. Ginn, but theres nothing that can be done about that now.

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That changed, at least for one game, in his last start when the Mets tallied 15 hits, four homers and 12 runs in a victory in Colorado. The Mets scored more runs in that game than they had in deGroms previous eight starts when they crossed the plate just 11 times and went 1-7. DeGrom has allowed more than one earned run in just three of his 15 starts and he owns the Majors lowest ERA at 1.51, yet thanks to sparse run support he has only five victories to show for it.

Still, theyve been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the last five weeks. They lost their second straight to the Marlins, extending their overall skid to six games, and dropped a season-high 10 games below .500. The Dodgers are coming off a shutout loss in Chicago where they dropped two of three games for their first series loss in the last 10. The Dodgers may have experienced the low-point of their season last month in Miami.


Finishing up a 10-game road trip on Thursday, New York lost for the seventh time and third straight with a 6-4 setback to the Rockies, but they showed some punch offensively. They wont need nearly as many runs with deGrom on the bump. Still, the Mets scored 32 runs in the four-games while playing over the total in three of them. At least the Mets will be home for a few days. More than likely it was the Coors Field effect.

His road ERA is a staggering 6.75, and I dont see this Dodgers lineup helping him get that down. Vargas is 1-1 on the road this year through four games. Despite there not being much history between Vargas facing the Dodgers, it goes without saying that a struggling pitcher going up against one of the best offenses in the league almost never goes well.

Thats a steal. If they trade him in the winter, theyll still get a ton of value in return, but trading him now would next them another quality prospect/young player in the trade. He wont be going to a team for 2 1/2 months only to hit the free agent market five days after the conclusion of the 2018 World Series. Bottom line is, deGroms value will never be higher and if the Mets are truly serious about rebuilding something they should be serious about then trading him now is probably the best option. When it gets to $20-22 million in 2020, yes, itll probably still be a steal. Hes not just a rental. And this is what makes his situation so interesting. When that number goes up to, say, $13-14 million next year, its still going to be a steal. TL;DR: Hes really, really, good. Not only that, but hes under team control through the 2020 season. Perhaps that rotation is in New York with the Mets, perhaps it isnt. Hell be around to anchor a teams rotation for at least two more full seasons. In his second year of arbitration (he was a Super 2 guy), he is making $7.4 million.

With the numbers Jacob deGrom ( 5-2, 1.51 ERA ) is putting up he should have more than five wins. Hes gone at least seven innings in his last seven starts and he owns a 0.90 ERA with 90 strikeouts over 70.1 innings of his last 11 starts. Some of the best hurlers have struggled at Coors Field, but deGrom was nasty in his last outing, holding the Rockies to five hits and one earned run with seven Ks in eight innings. A lack of run support has limited the victory total, but it hasnt stopped deGrom from being the early Cy Young candidate. He leads the Majors in ERA and its the second-lowest of any pitcher through 15 starts since 2000.