The Mets face a big test this week against the first place Florida Marlins. Although poor starting pitching and lack of hitting with runners in scoring position – the Mets are still within a series sweep of first. On Monday, the Mets face Anibal Sanchez who is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA in his career against New York. John Maine has been nothing less then a disappointment so far this year – but his career numbers against Florida suggest he has a good chance to bounce back this year. Game two will feature two struggling starters. If Livan Hernandez doesn’t give a quality appearance, it might be his last. In contrast, Wednesday’s contest shapes up to be a pitchers duel. Johan Santana has been on the top of his game from day one – which is scary considering the fact that he is normally a slow starter. Even with Santana pitching, the Mets offense is going to need to come through – as Josh Johnson is 5-0 with a 1.59 ERA against the Mets.
Monday: Anibal Sanchez (1-1, 2.50) vs John Maine (0-2, 7.47)
Tuesday: Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 6.86) vs Livan Hernandez (1-1, 7.31)
Wednesday: Josh Johnson (2-0, 2.20) vs Johan Santana (3-1, 0.70)
Monday: 74°, Mostly Sunny
Tuesday: High 79°, Low 61°, Partly Cloudy
Wednesday: High 89°, Low 60, Partly Cloudy & Windy
Players To Watch:
Former Mets draft pick Matt Lindstrom has struggled thus far – but don’t count on the Mets coming back if he gets into the game. He has nasty stuff, and 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA against his former team.
For the Mets – the performances of John Maine and Livan Hernandez are vital to the series, as well as shaping the team. A decision has to be made about Oliver Perez – and if Maine and Hernandez give Ollie like performances this week – it will really be interesting on how Omar Minaya deals with it.
This series is pretty evenly matched based on the performances so far this year. Being that the Marlins are playing above expectation, and the Mets have not gotten hot yet, I give the edge to the Mets.
Mets win series 2-1