Series preview: vs. Marlins

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The Mets start a four-game series against the Marlins today at 4:10. Here are the pitching matchups:

This afternoon (4:10 ET): R.A. Dickey (5-11, 3.72) vs. Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01)

Sanchez is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts.

Tonight (After first game): Dillon Gee (11-5, 4.37) vs. Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 4.30)

Nolasco is one of the most inconsistent pitchers in baseball. Four years removed from his 15-8 2008, Nolasco has mostly struggled this year, allowing 15 combined runs in his last two starts. He has allowed at least eight runs in four starts this year.

Tuesday night (7:10 ET): Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60) vs. Javier Vazquez (7-11, 4.63)

Vazquez is 0-1 in two starts against the Mets this season. He is 10-10 in his career against New York.

Wednesday night (7:10 ET): TBD vs. Chris Volstad (5-11, 5.61)

Volstad allowed four runs in in five innings in his only start against the Mets this season. He is 0-3 in his last three starts.

Marlins background:

  • The Marlins, who are 59-72, are 34-31 on the road this season, and 3-7 in their last ten. The Marlins are in last place in the National League East, 2.5 games behind the fourth-place Nationals.
  • Hanley Ramirez, who is having a horrible year, hitting .243 with 10 home runs, will be out for the series. He has a sprained left shoulder and is rehabbing.
  • Mike Stanton has emerged as one of the next premier power hitters. He is hitting .261 this season with 30 home runs and 77 RBI.
  • Closer Leo Nunez has struggled this month, blowing three of his six save chances. His ERA this month is up to 12.91. In his last outing on August 23 against the Reds, he gave up four runs on three hits in 0.2 innings.

What to expect:

  • The battle of the basement continues…
  • The four projected starters for the Marlins are a career 20-22 against the Mets between them. Honestly, I think the Mets can still hit a pitching staff like Florida’s, and that will help them win the series.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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