New York will try to keep the bats going against Florida's Brad Penny, who has recovered from a slow start and arm problems to win his last three decisions to improve to 6-4.
Penny, expected to be one of the mainstays in the Marlins' young rotation, missed six weeks from mid-May to early July, then was hit hard by the Mets in two straight starts, a 9-3 loss July 7 and an 8-3 loss eight days later.
Since those starts, Penny has been outstanding in seven of his last eight outings, lowering his ERA from 6.08 to 4.47. In six of the starts, Penny has allowed two runs or less.
The Mets counter with human rain delay Steve Trachsel, who is having a strong second half for the second straight year. Trachsel has lost his last three decisions to fall to 8-10, but in his last four starts, he has given up six earned runs in 21 innings, a 2.57 ERA. In his last start, Trachsel gave up one run and seven hits in eight innings, but lost 1-0 to Philadelphia on Aug. 31.
-- Just as the Mets seem to be hitting their stride offensively, another injury – this time, it's Roberto Alomar, who left Wednesday's game with inflammation in his left knee. He's considered day-to-day. Joe McEwing replaced him in the lineup and had an RBI single in two at-bats.
-- Lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano made his major league debut Wednesday, walking one and striking out two in two scoreless innings.
-- Esix Sneed stole his first major league base Wednesday after pinch-running for John Valentin.
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