With the Mets having a big-name, high-salary, veteran-laden roster and the Dodgers looking like a team in transition, it appeared that the season series between these two clubs would turn out quite lopsided, favoring the New York ballclub.
But Los Angeles disproved those beliefs as things played out pretty evenly in seven games between the two teams this season. In fact, it was a pair of Dodgers rookie pitchers who stole a pair of games from the Mets at Dodger Stadium in the last month of the regular season.
Still, the Mets managed to take a 4-3 advantage in the series and both teams managed to shut out the other on one occasion. The Mets took two out of three at Dodger Stadium in early June, and the teams split a four-game series in September at Shea Stadium. The Dodgers edged the Mets in total runs, 32-29.
June 5: Mets 4, Dodgers 1
First-inning home runs by Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado propelled the Mets to a win. Dodgers starter Brett Tomko settled down for the rest of the night, not allowing another run until the sixth, but L.A. was stymied by Mets rookie Alay Soler, who picked up his first Major League win by pitching seven innings of one-run ball.
June 6: Dodgers 8, Mets 5
Derek Lowe got the win against former Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez, but the game was anything but pretty for both clubs. With the game tied at 2 heading into the sixth, the Dodgers benefited from a pair of errors by Jose Valentin and a two-run home run by Matt Kemp as Los Angeles scored six runs that inning. Lowe gave up two runs over six innings while Martinez was charged with seven (six earned) over five innings.
June 7: Mets 9, Dodgers 7
The Mets jumped out early again, plating four runs in the first off Dodgers starter Odalis Perez, who was making his first start in five weeks. Tom Glavine gave up six earned runs (and three home runs) in 5 1/3 innings, but became the first pitcher in the Majors to collect his ninth win. Lastings Milledge provided what proved to be the winning runs with a two-run homer in the seventh.
Sept. 7: Mets 7, Dodgers 0
National League All-Star starter Brad Penny was roughed up to open a four-game series in New York. Penny surrendered seven earned runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. Four of those runs came on a pair of home runs -- a solo shot by Valentin and a three-run inside-the-park homer by Reyes. Glavine posted 6 1/3 scoreless innings to beat the Dodgers for the second time.
Sept. 8: Dodgers 5, Mets 0
Hong-Chih Kuo, a 25-year-old left-hander from Taiwan, pitched exclusively from the stretch in his Major League debut. Kuo was helped by a two-run throwing error by David Wright in the first, in addition to a pair of home runs by Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra. Kuo gave up three hits and three walks while recording seven strikeouts over six innings. The bullpen combination of Tomko, Jonathon Broxton and Takashi Saito sealed the Dodgers' victory.
Sept. 9: Mets 3, Dodgers 2
This one had pitchers' duel all over it as veterans Greg Maddux and Orlando Hernandez faced off. But in the sixth, the wheels came off a bit for Maddux as he allowed two runs. Maddux finished by allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a second-inning home run to Delgado and kept the Mets off the board until the sixth. Hernandez allowed one earned run in seven innings, striking out six.
Sept. 10: Dodgers 9, Mets 1
In his first Major League start, Eric Stults posted six innings of one-run ball. The lone run came on a home run by Reyes in the sixth. Veteran Steve Trachsel didn't fare as well as the Dodgers rookie, working only 2 2/3 innings while giving up four runs, two walks and five hits.
Lindsey Frazieris an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.