September 29, 2022

The New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers twice in three video games in a battle of the Nationwide League’s finest groups. The Mets clinched the season sequence over the Dodgers, nevertheless it is not prone to have an effect on the ultimate playoff bracket.

The Dodgers are nonetheless seven video games forward of the Mets within the 2022 MLB standings, following this week’s sequence at Citi Area. With solely 30 video games left on the schedule, New York (84-48) is working out of time to catch Los Angeles (90-40) for the NL’s No. 1 seed.

Barring a September collapse, the Dodgers will enter the playoffs with MLB’s finest file. Los Angeles is on observe to have home-field benefit in an NLCS matchup with the Mets.

The Dodgers have unofficially wrapped up the NL West title. Los Angeles has an infinite 18-game lead on the second-place San Diego Padres.

New York nonetheless has work to do for the NL East championship. The Mets have solely a three-game lead over the Atlanta Braves. The division might finally be determined within the last week of the common season when New York visits the defending World Collection champs for a three-game sequence.

Atlanta is atop the NL wild-card standings. The Mets are 10.5 video games in entrance of the Philadelphia Phillies, the NL’s second wild-card staff.

On paper, the Dodgers are clearly one of the best staff in baseball. On tempo to win 112 video games, Los Angeles leads the majors in runs scored, batting common, ERA and WHIP. The Dodgers have outscored their opponents by 284 runs, whereas the Mets have a plus-129 run differential.

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In a playoff sequence, the hole between the NL’s prime groups shrinks. Dodgers ace Walker Buehler is completed for the 12 months with Tommy John Surgical procedure. Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer would possibly give the Mets the 2 finest pitchers in any sequence.

DeGrom surrendered 4 baserunners and one run over seven innings in a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday. Max Scherzer has a 2.27 ERA in 19 begins for the Mets.

All 4 of Los Angeles’ starters who’re prone to make up the staff’s playoff rotation have an ERA under 2.70. Tony Gonsolin just lately went on the injured checklist with a 2.10 ERA, however the pitcher is anticipated to be again earlier than the playoffs.

Within the newest MLB playoff bracket, the Dodgers are in line to play both the Braves or the Phillies within the NLDS. Within the Mets’ first playoff sequence, New York would face the winner of the wild-card sequence between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Padres.

Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets is congratulated by Starling Marte #6 after he hit a three-run house run in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies through the sixth inning of a sport at Residents Financial institution Park on April 13, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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