The New York Mets should lower their brooms now. Fresh off of their sweep against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia, the New York Mets are now preparing for a 3-game weekend series against the Miami Marlins in Miami. The last time these two teams met, it was at CitiField in New York, and the New York Mets swept the Miami Marlins. So why am I saying they should lower their brooms? They’re coming off a sweep of one team in their division, and the team they’re getting ready to play, they swept the last time they played. However, this time it’s at Marlins Park.
The New York Mets come into this series really dominating their own division. While they sit at third place, a game out of first place, they are 13-5 against teams in their division. This includes sweeps of the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves. They’ve only lost two series to teams in their division, to the Braves and the Washington Nationals. They’re going to want to continue this in Miami. The Marlins are coming off of a strong road trip. This time the New York Mets face Jose Reyes in his new environment, not just with his new team.
The pitching matchup tonight is highly anticipated, and is going to be a really good one. Johan Santana will face Mark Buehrle. While neither has a really good win-loss record, they’ve both still pitched pretty well thus far, and this is going to be a real pitcher’s duel. I expect this game to ultimately come down to the bullpens. The start time is 7:10pm.
The second game has a great pitching matchup as well. R.A. Dickey will be pitted against Ricky Nolasco, and both have pitched well this year too. Dickey is 4-1 with a 3.76 earned run average while Nolasco is 4-0 with a 2.72 earned run average. I think the main thing about this game is will Dickey’s knuckleball hang a bit, or will the movement on it be great? Of course, that’s a question in every start of his. The start time is 1:05pm.
The final game of this series seems to strongly favor the Marlins. The New York Mets send Jon Niese to the mound while the Marlins send Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano has pitched brilliantly this year. This is the Carlos Zambrano the Marlins were hoping they’d get. Meanwhile, Niese started off the year well, then his past two starts it all started falling apart. Niese needs to return to pitching like he was at the beginning of the year. The start time is 1:10pm.