Mets vs Dodgers Picks and Predictions: L.A. Looks to Extend Win Streak

With it being a bullpen game for the Dodgers, the onus will fall on their bats to try and make it seven wins in a row. Our Mets vs. Dodgers picks and predictions break down whether L.A.'s lineup will get to Taijuan Walker enough on Thursday night.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2021 5:22 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have won six games in a row and will put their streak to the test against the visiting New York Mets, who will have their work cut out for them should they end L.A.’s run. 

Will New York find a way to come away with the road win to start this series? Find out in our free MLB betting picks and predictions for Mets vs. Dodgers on August 19. 

Mets vs Dodgers game info

Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Time: 10:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY, SportsNet LA

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Starting pitchers

Taijaun Walker (7-7, 3.75 ERA): Walker was excellent in his last start against this Dodgers team, as the righty gave up just one run and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings of work. New York was unable to win that game, but Walker has now given up just four runs over his last 12 2-3 innings on the hill, and he is starting to flash a bit of that superb early-season form. The Mets are going to need Walker to be at his best this time around, but that last start should give him some confidence. 

Bullpen: The Dodgers were originally planning to send Walker Buehler to the hill tonight, but they opted to push him off until Friday. Now, Los Angeles is rolling with its bullpen against New York, and that shouldn’t be a death sentence for Dodgers bettors. On the season, the Dodgers have a 3.37 bullpen ERA, which is good for fourth in the league. The group is also ninth in the league in strikeouts, which is good when facing a Mets lineup that is 10th in the league in strikeout rate at 23.8 percent. 


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Key injuries

Mets: SS Javier Baez (Out), SS Francisco Lindor (Out).
Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts (Out), RP Tommy Kahnle (Out).
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Betting trend to know

The Dodgers are 13-3 in their last 16 overall. Find more MLB betting trends for Mets vs. Dodgers.

Moneyline pick

The Dodgers were unable to get to Walker in their meeting last week, but it’s not likely that the righty will be able to keep them down twice in a row. Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager have all gone yard against Walker in their careers, and all three lefty sluggers are excellent against right-handed pitching. Muncy is coming off a two-homer game last night, so he’s seeing the ball especially well coming into this one. 

Overall, the Dodgers are likely to make adjustments in the way they approached that last game against Walker, making it probable that they’ll turn things around and put a big number on the scoreboard here. 

Los Angeles was supposed to have Walker Buehler on the mound in this game, but the team will instead be turning to the bullpen for this one. That gives New York more of a chance at scoring runs, but the Dodgers do have a Top-5 bullpen ERA in baseball this season. Dave Roberts should be able to mix and match things well enough to keep the Mets offense in check. 

PREDICTION: Dodgers ML (-190) 

Over/Under pick

The Dodgers are coming off a performance in which they scored nine runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates, so they are capable of pushing this total on their own. Obviously, Los Angeles’ offense isn’t going to show up like that every single day, but this seems like a promising situation for the Dodgers. 

These hitters just saw Walker on August 14, and they were unable to get it going against him. However, you should expect them to make some real adjustments and come through with some big hits here. 

Also, the Mets’ lineup was clicking against the San Francisco Giants last game, so this team should be able to score some runs in a bullpen game for the Dodgers. Overall, this just looks like a high-scoring game in the making.  

PREDICTION: Over 9.0 (-120)

Mets vs Dodgers betting card

  • Dodgers ML (-190) 
  • Over 9.0 (-120)

Picks made on 8/19/2021 at 3:30 p.m. ET

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