The Mets (40-36, 3rd place in the N.L. East) begin a 4-game set with the Dodgers (43-33, 1st place in the N.L. West) in Los Angeles tonight at 10:10 PM EDT.
The Dodgers have lost 8 of their last 9 games, and are coming off a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. This recent run of games dropped the Dodgers into a first place tie with the Giants, after L.A. had held a steady lead in the N.L. West for the first 3 months of the season.
The Mets followed their 4-game winning streak with a 4-game losing streak. They lost 2 in a row to the last-place Cubs before steamrolling them in game 3 of the series.