Marlins @ Mets Series Preview

The Mets return home tonight following a four game sweep in Philadelphia. New York won't face the Phillies again this season, and maybe that's a good thing considering the Phils have handed the Mets seven losses since August 29th. Next up are the Florida Marlins, winners of two straight and eight out of ten games overall.

Despite some struggles after the All Star break, the Marlins are just a game back of the Wild Card spot. It's been an improbable year for this team, but they have showed perhaps more character than any other team in the league. They have overcome every obstacle thrown their way, but the real test will be if they can finish on top of the Wild Card pack without All Star Mike Lowell, who is out for the rest of the season after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

Florida won't find any sympathy from The Mets who, of course, are no strangers to the DL.

Pitching Probables:

The Mets will turn to Steve Trachsel to try to break out of their slump. Trachsel (14-8 3.95 ERA) looked sharp his last time out, allowing just one run in eight innings of work against the Braves. Florida will counter with Josh Beckett (7-7 3.13 ERA). Beckett was also a winner during his last outing, shutting out the Pirates over 7 2/3 innings.

Game two will feature Tom Glavine and Carl Pavano. Glavine (9-12 4.50 ERA) is most likely excited for this season to come to an end. It has not exactly been a dream season for the future Hall of Famer. Glavine has not pitched well of late, and was tagged for four runs in six innings against the Phillies last weekend. Pavano (11-11 4.07 ERA) has looked good for the Marlins. Pavano shutdown the Pirates his last time out, giving up just one run in seven innings.

Jae Weong Seo will pitch the finale for the Mets. Seo (8-10 4.12) didn't look bad against the Phillies (one run in seven innings), but still came away with the loss as his team left their bats at home. Mark Redman will pitch for Florida. Redman is 11-9 with a 3.56 ERA, but has lost four out of five games, including a 6-2 loss to the Expos in which he gave up four runs in six innings.

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