Series preview: Dodgers at Mets

DODGERS (23-22, third place/NL West) at NEW YORK METS (20-23, fourth place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) vs. LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-3, 2.54) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03), 7:10 p.m. ET

The Dodgers had a day to relax and enjoy Manhattan on Monday, but they'd like nothing more than to finally gain a little momentum starting this week at Citi Field. They'll run into a New York Mets team that is one game under .500, but headed in the wrong direction, having gone 5-12 in its last 17 games.

For an exhaustive preview of the Dodgers' issues from ESPNNewYork's Adam Rubin, click here. Meanwhile, here are a few Mets' tidbits for the series:

  • Seven-time All-Star David Wright is having a strong season in some regards, batting .305 with runners in scoring position and posting a .332 on-base percentage, but the power has been missing. Wright has just two home runs and he’s slugging .376.

  • Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom both are making important starts in this series as they battle to keep a spot in the Mets rotation when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list. Montero is one of the Mets’ top prospects and deGrom pitched brilliantly against the New York Yankees Thursday.

  • Some Mets fans would like to see more playing time for Juan Lagares, who started his second straight game Sunday in center field after not starting in four of the team’s previous five games. Lagares broke out with a home run and three RBIs Sunday, but had been in a 5-for-27 slump. Lagares told the Mets he had to return to the Dominican Republic after Sunday’s game to mourn a family member, but would return in time for Tuesday night’s game.

  • Ex-Dodger Bobby Abreu made it all the way back after sitting out the 2013 season. Abreu, on a (likely futile) quest to reach 3,000 hits, began the season at Triple-A, but is now on the Mets’ roster and hitting .231 in 31 plate appearances. He’s being used primarily as a pinch hitter, but has played some right field.