Series Preview: Mets Make First Trip to Miami

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Tonight, the Mets begin a three-game series with the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:10.

Here are your pitching matchups:

Game 1: Tonight at 7:10

Johan Santana (31 innings, 2.61 ERA, 1.194 WHIP) vs. Mark Buehrle (41.1 innings, 2.83 ERA, 1.089 WHIP)

Game 2: Saturday 1:05

R.A. Dickey (38.1 innings, 3.76 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) vs. Ricky Nolasco (39.2 innings, 2.72 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)

Game 3: Sunday: 1:05

Jonathon Niese (33.2 innings, 4.01 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) vs. Carlos Zambrano (41 innings, 1.98 ERA, 1.02 WHIP)

The Marlins have been much better than many thought they would be before the season started. Many (including me) thought that the star power they have wouldn’t be enough. However, so far, the team has been carried by the guys you would least expect to break out. While Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez struggle, Giancarlo Stanton and Omar Infante flourish.

The pitching has also been pretty spectacular for the Marlins this season. They have a team 3.16 ERA, third in the National League. Newly-sogned ace Mark Buehrle, who the Mets will face in game one, has been pretty solid this season. He had a bad start at home against the D-Backs, but bounced back in his last start in San Diego, tossing a complete game. His strikeout per nine rate (4.8) is right in line with his career averages and his walks per nine rate (1.3), is by far the best of his career. Age and 11 straight years of at least 200 innings doesn’t seem to be affecting him.

Miami has also gotten some results from some unexpected places. Carlos Zambrano has been great this season after basically being dumped by the Cubs after years of headaches. Zambrano has not only avoided blowing up the clubhouse, but also has been the Marlins best pitcher this season. His ERA is just 1.98 and his walk rate is much lower than years past. He may be returning to the pitcher that earned him a $91.5 million contract a few years ago. Ricky Nolasco, arguably the most unpredictable pitcher in baseball, has also provided some great results for Miami. Nolasco has been pretty awful throughout his career, with the exception of a 15-8, 3.52 year with the Marlins in 2008. This year? Undefeated (somewhat meaningless) with a 1.109 WHIP.

The Marlins have won three series in a row and the Mets are also starting to catch fire, or so it seems. This should be an exciting series.

Let’s go Mets!

 

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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