The hottest team in baseball is expected to get one of baseball's hottest hitters back in its lineup on Wednesday night.
When the streaking Dodgers -- winners of seven straight -- go for a sweep of the Mets on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, they'll likely do so with Hanley Ramirez (sore shoulder) back in the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 4.
Ramirez is hitting .359 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 55 games this season. With the Dodgers slated for an off-day on Thursday, they'll have the benefit of a day of rest for Ramirez, while gauging how his shoulder responds.
Tasked with stopping Ramirez and the vaunted Dodgers offense will be Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.82 ERA). Like the Dodgers, Gee has been red-hot over the past month. He has posted a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts, despite recording just 14 strikeouts in that time.
There was talk in late May that Gee's rotation spot might be in jeopardy, but he has responded emphatically with quality starts in 10 of his last 13 outings, while going 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA.
Chris Capuano gets the ball opposite Gee. The veteran left-hander has been extremely streaky since coming off the disabled list on June 19. He has made nine starts, allowing five earned runs four times and none in the other five.
"We know early on if he is going to be good that day or not," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "I think it's the fastball. When he commands the fastball it sets everything else up. Most teams know that he's got a good changeup. When he's able to use more fastballs, he can keep teams in the guessing mode."
The Dodgers have the Majors' best record since June 22, going 39-8 during that stretch. They beat Mets Cy Young Award candidate Matt Harvey for the second time this season on Tuesday night.
Mets: Flores may be heading to shelf
Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores could be headed for a disabled list stint after he twisted his right ankle running the bases on Monday.
"It's pretty stiff," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "In this world we live in, there's always the possibility of the DL. We certainly won't know anything for a day or so."
Flores tied a club record with nine RBIs in his first six Major League games. The 22-year-old rookie is now 7-for-27 this season.
Dodgers: Ethier's sore calf lingers
Outfielder Andre Ethier was scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup because of tightness in the left calf that has bothered him since he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 4 at Wrigley Field.
"I'm all right," Ethier said. "I'll see how it feels tomorrow. It was just getting more sore and was still bruised."
• Mets catcher John Buck is hitless in 10 at-bats against Capuano. Outfielder Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, is batting .333 against the veteran left-hander.
• Capuano is 2-4 with a 6.10 ERA in eight starts at home this year.
• The Dodgers are unbeaten in their last 16 series (12-0-4) dating back to mid-June.