Seeing the Mets’ R.A. Dickey should be just about the last thing the reeling Dodgers’ lineup wants to see right about now.
Dickey (11-1, 2.31 ERA) will take the mound Friday night for the New York Mets (41-36) opposite Aaron Harang (5-4, 3.81 ERA) for Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, Dickey is coming off one of his least effective outings of the season, a no-decision last Sunday against the Yankees during which he gave up five runs on five hits in a game the Mets ultimately lost 6-5.
However, prior to that, Dickey had been on a hot streak seldom seen from a knuckleballer.
Heading into that start, he had pitched two consecutive one-hitters, and had not allowed a single run in 44.2 straight innings prior to giving up four in the third against the Yanks Sunday.
The Mets beat the Dodgers 3-2 in the series opener Thursday; a loss that dropped L.A. out of first place in the N.L. West for the first time since April 11. They now trail the San Francisco Giants by one game.
After being swept by San Francisco without scoring a single run to begin the week, the Dodgers were able to snap their 33-inning scoreless drought in the fourth on Thursday. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do much more against Chris Young, who pitched 6.1 strong innings allowing just two runs on six hits.
Harang has been solid of late, as well, having posted a 3.24 ERA over the course of his last three starts. Unfortunately, he’s 0-1 during that stretch. He gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings of work last time out against the Angels.
The Dodgers have now lost five straight games overall, matching their longest skid of the season.
They’ve scored just 15 runs total in their last 10 games, and are hitting a paltry .182 as a team.
The team is hoping that Andre Ethier, who missed Thursday’s game with a strained oblique, will not have to make a trip to the disabled list, as initially feared. He will likely be held out of the lineup again Friday for precautionary reasons, and is officially listed as day-to-day.
New York has won two straight, and currently finds itself tied for second place in the N.L. East with the Atlanta Braves, 3.5 games behind the surprising Washington Nationals.
First pitch at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 7:10pm PT.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for ProSportsBlogging.com.