Series preview: at Marlins

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The Mets start a three-game set against the Marlins tonight at Sun Life Stadium. Here are the projected pitching matchups:

Tonight at 7:10 ET: Chris Capuano (10-11, 4.41) vs. Javier Vazquez (8-11, 4.42)

Vazquez’s last start was against the Mets on August 30. He got the win, not allowing a run in his seven innings, and recorded his 2,500 strikeout in the process, only the 30th pitcher in history to do so. He is 1-1 in three starts against the Mets this season.

Tuesday at 7:10 ET: Miguel Batista (1-0, 3.00) vs. ChrisVolstad (5-12, 5.48)

Volstad’s last start was also against the Mets on August 31. He allowed three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings. He has lost each of his last four starts.

Wednesday at 5:10 ET: R.A. Dickey (7-11, 3.60) vs. Brad Hand (1-5, 4.23)

Hand will be making his second career start against the Mets. He faced New York on August 2, and allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings, ending up with the no-decision.

Marlins background:

  • Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is headed for surgery, according to reports from yesterday. RamirezĀ  has been out since early last month with “left shoulder instability.” He will be out 4-8 months, but will likely be ready for Opening Day, and will obviously not play against the Mets this week.
  • Logan Morrison, after playing about a week and a half in a mysterious minor league stint, was recalled recently, and will continue to start in the outfield. Morrison is hitting .246 this season with 18 home runs and 63 RBI.
  • Marlins closer Leo Nunez, who pitched one inning in the last series against the Mets, pitched two innings against the Phillies the last two days. Due to his struggling team, he hasn’t recorded a save since August 16.
  • Mike Cameron, yes, the Mike Cameron, who was signed by Florida early this season after being released by the Red Sox, is hitting .230 with six home runs and 15 RBI as a Marlin.

What to expect:

  • The depleted Marlins will have trouble in this series,even against a team like the Mets. They are spiraling out of control, and the Mets will keep that trand going.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 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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