Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

An article by posted on April 2, 2011

SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2011 – 7:10 PM

SUN LIFE STADIUM, MIAMI, FLORIDA

LHP Jonathon Niese vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco

TONIGHTS LINEUP

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Angel Pagan – CF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Carlos Beltran – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. Lucas Duda – LF
  7. Brad Emaus – 2B
  8. Josh Thole – C
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

METS-MARLINS SERIES HISTORY

The Mets have lost their last seven games at Sun Life Stadium (dating back to May 13, 2010)… If you include the three Marlins “home games” in Puerto Rico in 2010, the Mets are 1-9 on the road against the Fish since 2010… All-time the Mets are 69-69 in Florida… Since 2005, the Mets are 27-25 at Sun Life Stadium.

MY PREVIEW

The Mets and Marlins play game two tonight at Sun Life, as the Mets look for the first win of the 2011 season. Last night the Mets weren’t able to get through Josh Johnson, and they look to have better luck tonight dealing with Nolasco. The Mets will send out Jon Niese, looking to improve off of a successful season last year. Niese went 9-10 last year with 173.2 innings pitched while posting a 4.20 ERA. The Marlins were a tricky team for Niese last year (and looking at the season stats, I think the Marlins were just a tricky team for the Mets in general last year) as he had a 1-4 record with 26.1 innings pitched and a 6.49 ERA. The fish have these numbers against Niese:

Infante 3-15, 2 2B
Sanchez 3-12, 2B
Ramirez 2-8, HR
Coghlan 1-6, 2B
Morrison 2-4, 2B
(Uggla was his major thorn in his side)

Ricky Nolasco last season pitched 157.2 innings with a 14-9 record and a 4.51 ERA. Last season he was 2-0 against the Mets over 4 games with a 3.96 ERA and 25 innings pitched. Those were huge improvements over his career against the Mets where he is 5-6 with a 5.46 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Nolasco:

Wright 18-47, 4 2B, 3 HR
Reyes 15-40, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
Beltran 11-30, HR
Murphy 6-17, 2 2B
Pagan 4-11, 2B
Davis 0-8

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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