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Series preview: Mets vs. Dodgers

NEW YORK METS (49-46, second place/NL East) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (54-42, first place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.86) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 2.68), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.36) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (9-2, 1.30), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19) vs. TBA, 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jacob deGrom (10-6, 2.18) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (5-5, 3.33), 1:10 p.m. ET

DODGERS SHORT HOPS

  • Zack Greinke will take a streak of 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings into Friday's start against the Mets. It is the fourth-longest streak of the expansion era (since 1961), trailing only Orel Hershiser (59 innings), Don Drysdale (58 innings) and Bob Gibson (47 innings). Greinke has allowed 19 earned runs. That is the fewest earned runs through 19 starts since Dutch Leonard (18 ER) in 1914. Greinke's streak of six straight scoreless starts is tied for the longest in the majors since 1900, matching Hershiser and Drysdale, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • Clayton Kershaw is 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. Kershaw allowed one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings in a no-decision against the Mets at Dodger Stadium on July 3. He has a 0.58 ERA over his past four starts.

  • Brett Anderson is lined up to face the Mets on Sunday, but the left-hander departed Tuesday’s outing against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning with inflammation in the sheath surrounding his left Achilles tendon. Anderson plans to throw on flat ground on Thursday and attempt a bullpen session on Friday at Citi Field to determine whether he can proceed with Sunday's start, but optimism is growing. The Dodgers, who are in the market for starting pitching, cannot afford to lose Anderson. The team already is without Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the rest of the season.

  • Saturday's starter officially remains to be announced. Brandon Beachy was demoted after producing a 7.88 ERA in two starts since his return from a second Tommy John surgery. Zach Lee could be the choice to face the Mets if a trade acquisition is not made before the weekend.

  • Ex-Met Justin Turner is hitting .322 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs in 239 at-bats this season. He has emerged as the primary third baseman, with Alberto Callaspo getting sporadic fill-in starts.

  • Carl Crawford was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday after missing 75 games with a torn oblique muscle on his right side. Crawford originally had been slated to serve as the team's left fielder, but because Andre Ethier performed well in Crawford’s absence, Ethier will remain the primary left fielder, with Crawford serving in a fourth-outfielder capacity. Ethier is hitting .284 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 250 at-bats.

  • Jimmy Rollins delivered an RBI double in the fifth inning Wednesday at Atlanta. It snapped an 0-for-16 drought to begin the second half. Rollins' average has dipped to .204.

  • Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson is hitting .150 (9-for-60) in July.

  • Catcher Yasmani Grandal returned to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since getting struck with a foul ball off his chin on Sunday in Washington.