What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (23-22) at NEW YORK METS (20-23)
Pitching matchups:Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET
Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET
Dodgers News and Notes:The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.
Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.
Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.