Series Preview: Mets vs. Marlins

New York will host Miami in a three-game set starting Monday night.

After winning their home opener, the New York Mets proceeded to drop the next two matchups with the Philadelphia Phillies to ultimately lose their first divisional series of the 2016 season. The Giancarlo Stanton-led Miami Marlins come into town now for their first series against the Amazin’s this season to try to pick up some ground of their own after splitting a series with the Washington Nationals over the weekend. The Mets stand second in the division with a 2-3 record while the Marlins are 1-3 to start off their new campaign. This NL East matchup will be fun to watch as fans will see some high octane offense in both teams’ power bats.

Monday: Steven Matz (2015: 4-0, 2.27 ERA) v. Jarred Cosart (2015: 2-5, 4.52 ERA)

            Matz will take the mound tonight, and head coach Terry Collins admitted he is “anxious to see how he gets through it all.” The young lefty has not thrown since his last appearance against the Chicago Cubs in Spring Training at the beginning of the month. The NL Rookie of the Year hopeful will look to start the season on the right foot.

            Matz’s opponent will be Cosart, the Marlins fifth starter. Cosart only had 13 starts in 2015 with the fish where he finished 2-5 with a 4.52 ERA. Like Matz, he will try to earn the win in his first 2016 start.

Tuesday: Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.00 ERA) v Jose Fernandez (0-1, 7.94 ERA)

            Citi Field will host a power pitching battle on Tuesday between Syndergaard and Fernandez. Syndergaard got his revenge against the Royals in his first start throwing six scoreless innings while striking out nine. “Thor” had some extra on every pitch he threw especially in his devastating slider that topped out at 95 mph.

            On the other hand, Fernandez didn’t have the same luck as his opponent in his first start. On Opening Day against the Detroit Tigers, the Marlins ace struck out 13 batters, but gave up five earned runs on five hits and a walk. Fernandez’s inconsistency shouldn’t be expected all season, though, and the Mets will be sure to take great caution at the plate against the Cuban.

Wednesday: Logan Verrett (2015: 1-2, 3.59 ERA) v Adam Conley (2015: 4-1, 3.76 ERA)

            More rookies will try to establish themselves as forces on their respective teams in the series finale Wednesday. Verrett will get the start for the Mets as deGrom is scratched to due lat tightness that he experienced this past Friday in the home opener. Verrett appeared in 14 games for the Mets, three being starts where he showed some promising skill.

            Conley showed off his arm with the Marlins last season as well. In 15 games, the lefty earned four wins and a 3.76 ERA. He was surely happy that his first start of 2016 against the Washington Nationals was postponed as he let up three quick runs on two hits and two walks all in the first inning. With regained composure, Conley will be ready for the matinee start on Wednesday.

More About This Series:

            The power bats of Yoenis Cespedes and Stanton have been quite silent to start of the season. Both players have only one home run which is their only extra base hit so far. In yet another divisional series for these two teams, look for these specific bats to heat up and launch balls all over Citi Field in these next couple of days.  


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