Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

That was fun! We should do it again sometime. The Mets are coming off of a three game sweep in DC, where they were behind the Nationals in all three games at some point. Last night Harper got to Harvey early but the Mets responded two innings later with a Gonzalez Grand Slam. The Nationals pushed the game into extras but the Mets came back, got the win in the 12th and leave DC with 3 wins.

The Mets make their first trip to Miami tonight to face a different looking Marlins team. Meanwhile the Marlins snapped their losing streak yesterday and are now 3-6 on the season thanks to a 6-3 win against the Phillies who wish they could move some of their runs from their 20-1 beating of the Marlins on Saturday to Sunday.

Noah Syndergaard makes his third start of the season tonight. In his first two starts he has alloed 6 runs from 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 17 from 10.0 innings of work translating into a 5.40 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 1.200 WHIP and 74 ERA+. He pitched two starts in back to back games against the Marlins last year allowing 2 runs, 1 earned in each start over 13.0 innings from 11 hits, no walks and 13 K’s. The Marlins have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Bour 5-14, 2B
  • Dietrich 5-13, 2 2B
  • Realmuto 1-8
  • Prado 1-6
  • Castro 1-5, 2B
  • Rojas 3-4

The Mets bats draw José Ureña who will also make his third start of the season. So far he has allowed 6 runs over 11.0 innings from 10 hits and 5 walks while striking out 9 and a league leading 3 HBP. To put that in perspective, last year he also led the league in HBP at 14 over 169.2 innings. Anyway he has a 4.91 ERA, 5.98 FIP, 1.364 WHIP and 78 ERA+ so far this year. Last year he posted a 3.82 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 1.273 WHIP and 107 ERA+. Last year he pitched 5 times against the Mets making 3 starts totaling 24.0 innings and holding the Mets to 8 runs, 6 earned (2.25 ERA) over 17 hits, 1 walk and 12 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Ureña:

  • Reyes 6-18, 2B, 3B
  • Bruce 4-13, 2B, 2 HR, BB
  • Cabrera 1-14
  • Cespedes 3-11, HR
  • Conforto 3-8, 2B
  • Flores 1-7, HR
  • Gonzalez 2-7
  • d’Arnaud 2-5, BB
  • Nimmo 1-3, HR
  • Plawecki 2-3

Who’s hotter than the Mets finally going to warm weather?
The whole Mets squad. 5 games in a row with a sweep in DC. Last time they swept in DC was September 2015 when they pushed the Nationals out of the race for good.

Who’s colder than the rest of left behind up north?
That one Mets fan who decided to take his shirt off after the game last night, poured beer on himself and then flipped the cup towards the feel. Not cool man. (Or way too cool man).

Let’s Go Mets!

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