New York Mets at Miami Marlins series primer
MAY 05, 2014 11:00a ET
Good times keep rolling in South Florida as the Marlins have won five of six games during their current homestand, taking series from 2013 postseason teams Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Miami (16-15) has produced double-digit hit totals in six of its last seven. The offense has hit three homers in back-to-back games; in the first two seasons in the ballpark, the Marlins had hit three home runs in a game just twice. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton is tied for second in the big leagues with 10 homers and is first with 36 RBI.
Enter the New York Mets, who'll look to slow Miami's momentum at Marlins Park.
The Mets (16-14) won two of three at Citi Field April 25-27, which included snapping closer Steve Cishek’s consecutive saves streak at 33. The Marlins are 7-1 against southpaw starters this season.
Entering their four-game series in Colorado, New York starters had pitched at least five innings in each of their 26 games. In their three losses against the Rockies, righties Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jenrry Mejia failed to do so.
Neither Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who boasts the third-fastest fastball in the majors according to FanGraphs.com, nor lefty Jonathon Niese, who is 3-5 with a 4.17 ERA against the Marlins, started in the first series between the two teams.
Colon and righty Henderson Alvarez will square off on Tuesday. Alvarez surrendered two homer in his last start, totaling the amount against him in 2013. Wheeler and right-hander Tom Koehler will pitch Wednesday's getaway. Koehler tossed seven shutout innings against the Dodgers.
The Marlins have won nine of their last 13 home games against the Mets. After a comeback victory over the Dodgers on Sunday, they are 14-5 at Marlins Park, the best home record in baseball.
Both clubs have gone 6-4 over their last 10 contests. The National League East is the only division with all teams above .500.
Here's a look at the upcoming Mets-Marlins series ...
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
May 5 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20 ERA) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58 ERA)
May 6 (FOX Sports Florida -- pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65 ERA) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28 ERA)
RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA)
CF Juan Lagares (Mets): Lagares, who came off the disabled list before the Rockies series, went 8 for 20 with three runs, an RBI and multi-hit performances in three of the four games. He has grabbed hold of the center-field job and leadoff spot in the order.
SS Adeiny Hechavarria (Marlins): After his average dropped to a season-low .268, Hechavarria has gone 8 for 17 with three multi-hit games. He started off the ninth-inning rally on Sunday with a single and scored the winning run.
SS Ruben Tejada (Mets): Manager Terry Collins gave Tejada Sunday off after three straight hitless games in Colorado. His .192 average ranks 23rd out of 24 qualifying shortstops. Over the past 10 games, he has scored just once and driven in three.
CF Marcell Ozuna (Marlins): It's tough to say Ozuna isn't doing well at the plate when he blasted a three-run homer on Saturday, but it has been feast or famine for him. He is 2 for his last 18 with four strikeouts.
2.20: ERA for Niese, who ranks 16th among major-league starters
3: Hits and runs for Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy over the three-game series against the Marlins April 25-27
101: Mph fastball for Marlins reliever Carter Capps on Saturday night
.722: Slugging percentage for Stanton against Niese
"We have that never-quit attitude on this team."-- Left fielder Christian Yelich
"The thing is you've got enough veteran guys in here who have been in the battles. They go out there and grind and compete. The great thing is our young players are really, really talented." -- Utility player Jeff Baker, who hit the walk-off RBI double in the ninth on Sunday
"That was a big play for Hech to even get to that ball and flip it to Bake. It looked close to me and definitely was a big play. It was at a point in the game where I was going to go out there either way. It ended up being a huge out." -- Manager Mike Redmond on Hechavarria's run-saving defensive play in the ninth on Sunday
PROMOTIONS AND GIVEAWAYS
May 5 -- South Florida Heroes Monday; All You Can Eat Special; Monday Madness group offer
May 6 -- Half Price Tuesday
May 7 -- Businessperson Special group offer; Chevron Crazy 8's Wednesday
May 8-11 -- Marlins at Padres