MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM

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The Mets conclude their road trip with a three-game set against the Miami Marlins beginning tonight at 7:10 PM. Miami owns the best home record in the majors at 14-5 at Marlins Park this season. Jon Niese (2-2, 2.20 ERA) opposes right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58) in the series opener. 

Niese has pitched nine consecutive starts allowing three runs or less, tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the majors. He has gone 4-3 with a 2.59 ERA (17 earned runs/59.0 innings) over this streak, which began on September 13 of last season.

Mets pitchers are 0-for-51 at the plate this season, setting a new major league record.

New York is one game out of first place in the National League East. The last time the Mets were this close to first place on May 5 was in 2010 when the club was a half-game out of first.

Juan Lagares extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games going 3-5 yesterday. The streak is the second-longest current streak in the majors, behind Colorado’s Nolan Arenado
(22 games).

Curtis Granderson has hit in five straight contests, going 7-19 (.368) with four runs scored and five RBI during that stretch. Granderson has at least one hit in eight of his last 10 games (10-35, .268) and has scored six runs in his last seven games.

Chris Young has at least one hit in six straight games, batting .409 with six RBI. He has at least one hit nine of his last 11 starts and is hitting .421 (8-19) with seven runs scored, three doubles, four RBI and two stolen bases on this road trip.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Bobby Abreu – RF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

Game Preview

The Mets were able to escape Denver with a win and now head into Miami two games above .500 in an incredibly close NL East. The Marlins continued their stark home / away split since playing the Mets earlier in the season sweeping the Braves at home and taking the series from the Dodgers. This led to the Braves actually accusing the Marlins of stealing signs because of the home and away hitting splits, especially in a pitcher friendly ball park. Anyway, the Mets look for Jon Niese to keep building off what Dillon Gee built yesterday as they take on Nathan Eovaldi.

Jon Niese is 2-2 over 5 games and 32.2 innings with a 2.20 ERA. Jon’s last game was a gem in Philly where he pitched 7.0 innings allowing 4 hits and one earned run while striking out 5 after a rain delayed game. In his last three starts he has pitched 19.2 innings allowing 3 ER, which is a 1.37 ERA. Last year he tossed a 2.84 ERA over three starts and 19.0 innings against the Marlins who have the following numbers against him:

  • Stanton 7-18, 2 HR
  • R Johnson 7-18
  • Baker 6-12, 2B
  • Solano 4-11, 2 2B
  • Hechavarria 2-8
  • McGehee 1-7
  • Lucas 3-6, 2B

Eovaldi is 2-1 over 6 games with a 2.58 ERA and 38.1 innings. He allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings in one start against the Mets last year. The year before that he faced the Mets four times with a 1-2 record and a 3.74 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Nathan:

  • Wrifht 4-14, 2B
  • Murphy 4-11, 2 2B
  • Tejada 2-10
  • Duda 2-8
  • Lagares 3-3, 2B

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!