The first three weeks of the New York Mets schedule is jam-packed with no other than their National League East rivals. This weekend, the Mets (6-3) will host their fourth rival of the month the Miami Marlins (3-6).
Pitching Probable Starters:
Thursday: Jarred Cosart vs. Dillon Gee
Cosart may be 0-1, but the young 24-year-old had an impressive first outing of the season. Only giving up one run on three hits in six innings, one of Cosarts downfalls is his lack of control. In his last game he threw just 49 of 86 pitches for strikes.
The opposite could go for Gee who had an abysmal first game of the year earning a 9.00 ERA. He gave up five runs on eight hits through five innings. Gee has a lot to prove to stay on this talented Mets rotation. For him, each outing counts.
Friday: David Phelps vs. Bartolo Colon
The last man in the Marlins rotation is ex- New York Yankee David Phelps. Phelps’ wife just gave birth to their son on Monday and will rejoin the team in New York for Friday’s start. It will be his first start of the season after replacing right-hander Henderson Alvarez who was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Phelps had a shaky last outing out of the bullpen, but he does have starting experience.
Colon will take the mound for the third time this season. He’s proved that being the team’s No. 1 pitcher at 41-years-old isn’t just a fluke. Colon is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA. In 13 innings, he’s only given up one walk with 13 strikeouts. In his last start, he earned himself his first RBI since 2005.
Saturday: Mat Latos vs. Jacob deGrom
Other than just adjusting to the start of the season, Latos has had to get used to a change of scenery. After coming to Miami from Cincinnati, Latos’ transition has not seemed to be easy. His normal sub-3 ERA has jumped this season to an ERA of 17.00. Not only has Latos been getting hit, he hasn’t been able to give Miami more than four innings.
It has been the opposite for deGrom who has been great for the Mets. In just his second season, he owns a 1.46 ERA and has held opponents to just two runs per game. DeGrom has also been able to pitch into the sixth inning, which helps the Mets with their ailing bullpen.
Sunday: Tom Koehler vs. Matty Harvey
The final game of this four-game set should be a good one. Koehler, a Bronx native, will be back in his home state looking to continue his successes against one of New York’s hottest pitchers. Koehler has only given up two runs in the two games he’s pitched and has really been able to control the strike zone.
In Harvey’s first season back from Tommy John surgery, he has managed to go 2-0 and give the Mets six innings per start. In his recent game against Philadelphia, he threw 64 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Harvey has only walked one batter so far this season and racked up 17 strikeouts.
More About the Matchup:
The Mets are looking to win five straight for the first time since May 2013.
With the absence of team captain David Wright, the Mets will look to Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud to get the momentum going on offense. The duo combined for four hits, two homeruns and three RBIs in their last game against Philadelphia.
D’Arnaud’s success could continue with his .346 average in 15 games against the Marlins.
Miami is also looking to get a win-streak going. After getting off to a sluggish start, the squad has won two straight.
The player to watch for Miami is always Giancarlo Stanton. He is just one homer away from passing Dan Uggla (154) on the franchise’s all-time homerun list. He’s in a 3-for-20 (.200) slump right now, but it’s only a matter of time for the slugger to get hot.