Open Game Thread: Marlins vs Mets at 7:10 PM, Lineup, Notes, Preview

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Tonight’s Mets Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin, CF
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Ike Davis, 1B
  5. Marlon Byrd, RF
  6. Lucas Duda, LF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Jeremy Hefner, RHP

Game Notes

  • Mets catcher John Buck hit his second homer in three games on Thursday, taking Padres closer Huston Street deep to left field in the ninth inning. It was the 50th home run for Buck since the start of the 2010 season. The 32-year-old spent last season with the Marlins.
  • The Mets have hit at least one home run in each of their first three games, the longest such stretch to open a season since New York hit a home run in four straight games to begin the 2006 campaign.
  • Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, who batted cleanup the first two games this season for the first time in his career, hit second on Thursday. The Marlins were 6-12 against the Mets last season, including a 2-7 record at Citi Field, where they’ve lost their last four games.
  • Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Greensboro and Jupiter.
  • Ex-Met John Maine made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. He did not appear during the season-opening series at D.C., so his first major league action since his Mets days may come this weekend at Citi Field.
  • This season, Mets starters have combined to post a 1.35 ERA (three earned runs/20.0 innings pitched), ranking fourth in the majors behind San Francisco (0.00), Washington (0.47) and Chicago-NL (0.95)…The trio of starters (Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee) have combined for 18 strikeouts in the club’s first three contests.

Game Preview

The Mets and Marlins play their first game together at Citi Field tonight as Jeremy Hefner gets the start against Alex Sanabia. Yesterday the Mets dropped the final game of a three game set vs. the Padres by the score of 2-1. Dillon Gee gave the Mets their third straight game of excellent starting pitching but the bats just couldn’t do anything – except for Turner who surprisingly collected a bunch of hits and John Buck who smacked his second homer in as many days. The Marlins are coming off of a sweep by the Nationals. The Marlins managed to score 1 run over that three game stretch.

Hefner gets the nod for the Mets today. Last season he was 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA over 93.2 innings. On the positive side he walked only 18 batters during that stretch (and struck out 62). Last year he totaled 14.1 innings of work over 3 games and 2 starts against the Marlins where he allowed only 4 ER walking 4 batters and striking out 11. The Marlins have the following numbers against Hefner:

Stanton 1-7
Solano 2-5
Pierre 2-3
Polanco 2-4
Ruggiano 0-2
Dobbs 0-3

The Mets bats look to bounce back against Alex Sanabia tonight who is making his 2013 debut. Last season Sanabia did not pitch in the majors at all. In 2011, he had a limited stint with the Marlins pitching in 3 games, 2 starts totaling 11.0 innings allowing 4 ER. The year before he pitched in 15 games, 12 starts where he logged 72.1 innings with a 3.71 ERA. During Spring Training this year, he pitched 7.0 innings allowing 4 ER. He has pitched 13.1 innings against the Mets allowing 8 runs, 6 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Alex:

Davis 2-6, 3B
Wright 2-6, 2B
Tejada 1-4
Byrd 0-3
Duda 0-1

Let’s 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!