Series Preview: Mets at Marlins

Amazin' Clubhouse previews a critical series in Miami as the Mets look to jump ahead of the Marlins in the NL Wildcard Race.

After a series loss to the Cubs, the Mets (50-44) will look to rebound against the Miami Marlins (52-43). Chicago seemed to be too much for the Mets as they are now an even 3-3 since the All-Star break. The Marlins, on the other hand, came off the break hot winning five of their last seven games. With the Marlins leading the Mets by a game and a half in second place, this three-game set will be crucial for the Amazin’s.

Friday 7:10 PM: Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Adam Conley (6-5, 3.61 ERA)

            Verrett continues performing out of the starting rotation and it appears he is becoming more accustomed to it. Last time out, the righty earned a no-decision against the Phillies going six total innings. He only allowed two earned on eight hits before ending his night. Last time he faced Miami was on Independence Day where he came out of the bullpen tossing two scoreless innings.

            Conley finished off his first half strong with back-to-back victories against the Braves and Reds. His last start came against the St. Louis Cardinals where he went 5 1/3 innings allowing three runs, two earned before exiting. April 13 was the last time Conley faced the mets where he earned a no-decision.

Pitching Edge: Verrett doesn’t like starting on the road as he is 0-3. Give the edge to Conley in this one.

Saturday 7:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38 ERA) vs. Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53 ERA)

            This pitching matchup is sure to be one to watch. deGrom has won three straight heading into this game. He last appearance was an absolute masterpiece as he threw a one-hit complete game shutout against the Phillies.

            Fernandez isn’t doing too shabby himself as a potential Cy Young candidate. He was red hot to begin the season, but lately has been mediocre. He earned a no-decision against the Phillies in his last outing going 6 1/3 allowing two earned on four hits. Against the Mets, though, the flamethrower dominated in his last start against the team blanking them in seven innings.

Pitching Edge: deGrom has been on a roll and did beat the Marlins last time around. He gets the edge.

Sunday 1:10 PM: Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56 ERA) vs.  Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23 ERA)

            Matz is hurting at the moment as he can’t seem to find the stuff to earn a win. He has now lost three straight after getting beat by the Cubs. The question as to whether the young lefty is healthy enough to pitch with reported bone spurs in his elbow continues to be more and more prevalent as he keeps coming out to throw.

            Urena was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to make the start against the Phillies where he went 5 2/3 innings allowing only a solo homerun. The Marlins were clearly impressed by his outing as he is scheduled to go Sunday afternoon.

Pitching Edge: Urena gets the edge as Matz must figure out his pitching woes.

More About This Series:

            With an average start to the second half, this is a crucial series for the Mets as stated before. They now sit in third place in the division and fourth in the Wild Card standings. With a sweep the team would own second place in the NL East and hold a Wild Card position as the Marlins currently sit in second. If the Amazin’s can got hot before the trade deadline, additions to the team which appears to be inevitable according to reports will only boost morale around the clubhouse. 

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