Citi Field will play host to some Independence Day baseball between the Mets (44-37) and the Miami Marlins (42-39). The Mets are riding high after a four-game sweep on the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday afternoon was the icing on cake as they blew the Cubbies out 14-3. The Amazin’s will need to keep the momentum heading into this series as divisional games are always crucial.
Monday 4:10 PM: Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.55 ERA) v Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.45 ERA)
Harvey will look to rally off the home fans’ patriotism on July 4 as he looks to get the team’s fifth straight win. It would be a big boost for Harvey especially since his last victory came on May 30. “The Dark Knight” is coming off a loss that saw him go 3 2/3 innings allowing only one earned run. The outing was cut short due to a rain delay, but the one run was enough to give him his tenth loss on the season.
In his last appearance, Koehler earned his first loss after winning three of his last four. He was rocked for five earned in three innings against the Detroit Tigers. Koehler does give up many hits as his 87 hits allowed matches his total innings pitched.
Pitching Edge: Harvey went seven strong giving up one run against the fish last time. Give him the edge with Koehler getting a loss to the Amazin’s last time around.
Tuesday 7:10: Steven Matz (7-3, 3.40 ERA) v Wei-Yin Chen (4-3, 5.11 ERA)
Facing the Cubs last Thursday, Matz had a bit of trouble but luckily it didn’t hurt the team in the end. In 5 1/3 innings, the rookie gave up three earned on seven hits and three walks while also striking out six. This is the lefty’s third straight no-decision, and like Harvey, he is looking for his first win in a while (May 25).
Chen couldn’t make it passed the Braves in his last outing earning his third loss on the year. Four earned runs on eight hits and two walks resulted in an early exit for the left-hander after 5 1/3 innings.
Pitching Edge: Both pitchers have given up many runs in their last few starts. So, even though they match up well, Matz gets the home field advantage edge.
Wednesday 1:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (4-4, 2.62 ERA) v Justin Nicolino(2-4, 5.34 ERA)
Finally, deGrom pulled out his first win since April 30 in his last outing against the Cubs. It wasn’t the performance he would have liked as two rain delays ended his night early, but five innings allowing one earned was all it took to acquire his fourth win on the year. With sun in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon, deGrom will hope this matinee appearance will last longer.
Nicolino has been having some winning troubles as well not earning a victory since May 3. His last start against the Braves resulted in a no-decision effort allowing four earned on seven hits. Runs have come across too easy in Nicolino’s starts, and with the ways the Mets bats lit up last series, more of the same may occur.
Pitching Edge: deGrom is riding high after his win. He gets the edge here.
More About This Series
Was it the high stakes of the series? Or was it Brandon Nimmo’s infectious smile? Either way, the Mets bats exploded resulting in a four-game sweep of the Cubs that no expert could have predicted. This was just the right medicine for the Mets after getting swept by the Nats themselves. If this series against the Marlins reflects the same as the Cubs series, momentum will highly favor the Amazin’s heading into their last home stand before the All-Star break. Who will they be facing at the end of the wee? None other than the Nats who is sure to see a different team than they faced just a week ago.