- Pelfrey bounced back from two sub-par outings to deliver a gem in his last start, holding Milwaukee to six hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He went into the eighth inning, throwing 107 pitches while walking two. Pelfrey has faced the Dodgers just once in his career, a 3-2 Mets win last May in which he took the no-decision. He threw seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out six.
- Pelfrey was solid in his only start against Los Angeles on May 31, 2008, allowing two runs and seven hits while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 win.
- The Mets have won only twice in their last 10 games, and are coming off a three-game sweep to NL East-leading Philadelphia as they were outscored 13-3â€” including 2-0 on Sunday. David Wright was 0 for 7 in the series and heâ€™s 5 for 40 with a homer and three RBIs over the last 10 games. Despite his slump, Wright has a .326 average and was one of four Mets named to the NL roster for the All-Star game. Heâ€™s hitting .427 with 34 RBIs in 36 games against the Dodgers after collecting four hits with an RBI in the last series.
- Los Angeles had squandered a six-run, fifth-inning lead, but improved to a major league-best 18-8 in one-run games. Los Angeles is 22-8 this year when Ramirez plays. His bat wasnâ€™t missed when these teams met at Dodger Stadium in mid-May, when Los Angeles pulled off a three-game sweep as its pitching staff held the Mets (39-42) to six runs.
- Clayton Kershaw didnâ€™t pitch in that series but heâ€™s allowed just two runs in his last four startsâ€”all Dodger winsâ€”while striking out 26 in 23 2-3 innings. The left-hander returns to the mound after laboring through five innings Wednesday, not getting a decision as he gave up one hit with five strikeouts and five walks in a 1-0 win over Colorado. â€œIt was a lot of effort involved to get through five innings (Wednesday),â€ Kershaw said. â€œThere wasnâ€™t an easy out for me. Just had to battle all the way through, and sometimes when youâ€™re not able to throw strikes consistently, itâ€™s going to be like that.â€ Kershaw lasted just 3 2-3 innings in his only start against New York, giving up four runs and five hits in a 9-5 win on May 30, 2008.