New York Mets Look to Sweep the Lonely Dodgers Tonight

Daniel BudickCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates his run for a 2-0 lead with Johan Santana #57 against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The first two games in Chicago last week were ones to forget, but the Mets took the third game against the dreadful Cubs, dominating Chicago 17-1. Now they're heading west to Los Angeles. The Mets have taken care of the first three games of a four game set against the Dodgers. Thus far, the Mets have only allowed a minuscule three runs.

It seems when people start to doubt the Mets, they ask themselves the question, "is it now that we start to see the Mets fade back to the bottom of the National League again?" Time and time again the Mets answer back with a resounding 'no.' Now at 43-36 just two and a half games behind the first place Nationals the Mets look as strong as they did at the end of May.

In years past the Mets were at the bottom of the league in two-out RBI and average with the bases loaded, and as Mets fans know over the last two or three seasons, bases loaded situations have been a disaster.

Here in 2012, the Mets lead the majors in two-out runs batted in, with over 170 runs. To go with that the team batting average with the bases loaded is an astonishing .288.

Finally here in late June and into the first day in July, Ike Davis has awoken! Another three-run homer for Ike yesterday sees his average up and over .200 for the first time this year and finally being a asset in the middle of the Mets order.

This directly affects David Wright because yesterday Los Angeles pitched around David to face Ike, and he made them pay for it. If Davis continues to hit the way he has, teams will be forced to pitch to Wright.

Tonight, the Mets run Dillon Gee out at Dodger Stadium to face LA's Clayton Kershaw. Gee has pitched better of late and looks to capture his sixth win of the season.