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Insider's Series Preview: Mets vs. Marlins

The fish head for Queen for a three-game weekend set and Amazin' Clubhouse previews the pitching matchups and storylines to watch.

The Miami Marlins come to New York after salvaging the series finale against the Washington Nationals in Washington, tying the game in the 9th, before winning it in the 10th.  The New York Metswere able to bounce back from Wednesday’s 12-inning loss to the Braves, by giving Matt Harvey a win in his first start in July 4, 2016.

The Marlins offense right now is the J.T. Realmuto show.  Realmuto leads the team in Average (.583), Home Runs (2), RBI (4) and Hits (7). The Mets have had sort of a slow start offensively to the season. They scored 6 runs on Monday, mainly due to the wildness of the Braves bullpen on Monday.  Jay Bruce accommodated for the lone run in Wednesday’s loss before the bats started to come alive on Thursday.  Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores share the team lead in Home Runs with 1 each.  Bruce leads with a .333 Batting Average. Asdrubal Cabrera 4 hits are also good for the team lead, while Lucas Duda knocked in 3 Runs against Atlanta.

Here are this weekend’s pitching matchups:

Friday: Wei-Yin Chen vs. Zack Wheeler. Wheeler makes his first start since September 25, 2014, having missed the last 2 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery in March of 2015.  Chen went 5-5 in 22 starts for Miami last season, after spending his first four seasons with Baltimore.

Saturday: Adam Conley vs. Robert Gsellman. With Noah Syndergaard's Saturday start pushed back to Sunday due to a blister on his finger, Gsellman is once again asked to fill in as he did in 2016, when he went 4-2 in 8 appearances (7 starts) posting a 1.28 ERA and striking out 42 during the Mets late season push to the playoffs.  Conley also enjoyed some success in 2016, going 8-6 with 124 strikeouts in 133.1 Innings pitched.

Sunday: Edinson Volquez vs.Noah Syndergaard: Both pitchers are making their second starts of 2017 in the Sunday night game, with each getting a “No Decision” in their Opening Day outings.  Both pitchers had almost identical pitching lines with Volquez going 5 innings, while allowing no Earned Runs, while striking out 6 and walking 1.  Syndergaard also pitched shutout ball for 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and registering 7 K’s.  Syndergaard did not allow a walk to the Braves.


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