Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets start a three game set with the Marlins tonight and they will try to play with their new uniforms made entirely from bubble wrap. They have also been blessed by leaders of just about every religion on Earth. On a serious note; Figueroa gets the start tonight for Santana who will have surgery to clean out the bone chips in his elbow in order to be ready to pitch by next spring. Anyway Figueroa is 1-2 on the season with a 6.30 ERA over 20 innings pitched. In his last three games he has pitched 5.1 innings, has a 6.75 ERA, has walked three and struck out two. In two games agaisnt the Marlins last season he pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings with two strikeouts. Here are some Marlins stats against Nelson:
     Johsnon 2-5
     Helms 0-2
     Ross 0-2
     Cantu 0-1
Between Santana being out and the health of Perez in question, Figueroa looks to have a few chances not to prove what he's got. This is a great opportunity for hima nd hopefully he takes advantage of it.

On the other side of the rubber, West looks to face the Mets for the second time this season. He is 4-5 this year with a 4.70 ERA over 69.0 innings pitched. In his last three games he is 1-1 over 14.0 innings and has a 3.86 ERA. His last time agianst the Mets he pitched 7 innings and allowed one run, one walk and one strikeout. Here are the Mets stats against him:
     Castillo 1-2
     Pagan 0-3
     Santos 1-3, HR
     Sheff 0-3
     Tatis 0-3
Hopefully the Mets offense will able to put some runs together like they were able to do a few times in the last several games (for example scoring in a bunch of bunches on Sunday). Like Figueroa, this is a great time for players like Murphy, Hernandez and Pagan to show their stuff.  Lets Go Mets!

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