It was a tough night Friday as the Miami Marlins opened up a series at home against the New York Mets. The Marlins faced off against R.A. Dickey and they picked the wrong time to do it. The NL Cy Young award candidate was throwing smoke against the Fish as the Mets shutout Miami 3-0.
1. Marlins had zero offense: Dickey completely shutdown any type of offense the Marlins had going for them. The team only gathered five hits. Justin Ruggiano delivered two of those hits. The team did not have any extra base hits either. Even Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi helped his own cause with a single. The team only had two runners in scoring position the whole night.
2. Dickey strong: The Mets really have something good going with Dickey. He picked up his 17th win of the season tossing 114 pitches in nine innings. He struck out seven batters and allowed three walks lowering his ERA to 2.63 on the year. Dickey moves to 4-0 against the Marlins this season improving his ERA against the team to 1.16.
3. Marlins at the bottom: With the loss to the Mets, the Marlins are falling further in the NL East. The team drops to 59-73 overall and drop three games behind the Mets in the NL East. With neither team having a terrific year, a once promising year for the Marlins has turned into a season to forget. The team is not looking like a first-place team and important pieces that once made up the team have moved on.
The series continues Saturday when the Marlins send Josh Johnson (7-11, 4.00 ERA) to the hill to face off against Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.65 ERA).