Normally, 8 to 10 games into a season is not much of a sample size to determine how the rest of the season will go, but at this point we are seeing the National League East playing out as it did last year. The New York Mets and Washington Nationals will be fighting it out for the Division Title, Miami and Philadelphia will be competitive into June or July, and Atlanta is once again going through a rebuilding process.
The Mets come into Miami for a 4-game series having swept the Phillies in Philadelphia. Jacob deGrom picked up a no-decision after a rough start, and Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler showed promise that they are well on their way to being fully recovered from the injuries of the pas few years. The offense took advantage of the small dimensions of Citizen’s Bank Park, especially Yoenis Cespedes, who belted out 3 Home Runs on Tuesday to tie him for the team lead in Home Runs with Jay Bruce, who also has 4. Bruce and Cespedes also lead the team with 8 RBI, while both are four hits behind Asdrubal Cabrera with his team-leading 13. Cabrera also leads the team with a .342 Batting Average.
The Marlins were able to take 2 out of 3 from the Braves after also taking 2 out of 3 from the Mets last weekend. Giancarlo Stanton ended his Home Run drought with 2 on Thursday. Marcel Ozuna had a career-high 6 RBI on Tuesday to give him the team lead with 12. Ozuna also leads the team with 3 Home Runs. J.T. Realmuto continues to show that he may end up being a top-level catcher, leading the team with a .414 Batting Average, and is tied with Ozuna with 12 hits for tops on the team. Realmuto is also tied for third among Catchers with .984 Fielding Percentage.
Here are the pitching matchups:
Each pitcher faced the other team last weekend, but with different results. Chen allowed 1 run over seven innings en route to the Marlins 7-2 victory last Friday, while Gsellman allowed 3 runs over 6 innings on Saturday, but was able to strikeout 7.
Syndergaard has shown over his first few starts that he could be a legitimate Cy Young candidate this year, with a .69 ERA, and 16 strikeouts. Conley picked up the win on Saturday last week by throwing 5 innings of 1-hit ball and giving up the Mets only run in that game.
deGrom hopes that he does not become the hard-luck guy this year, having posted a 1.50 ERA over 2 games, but is still looking for his 1st win of the year. Volquez faced the Mets on Sunday night, and gave up 3 runs in the first in the only game the Mets took from Miami last weekend.
Harvey leads the Mets with 2 wins this season and has tallied 10 strikeouts in his first 2 starts since ending his season last July due to injury. Straily was rocked by Washington in his first start, only lasting 3.1 innings before coming back and picking up the win on Tuesday against Atlanta.