New York Mets at Miami Marlins series primer

BY foxsports • April 27, 2015

What a difference six days make.

After a 3-11 start, frustration had grown to a high level with the Miami Marlins. The ballclub had dropped three of four series, including a four-game sweep in New York against the Mets.

The circumstances are reversed this time around as the Mets (14-5) visit for a three-game set beginning Monday. Miami (8-11) has won five in a row, fresh off a sweep of the Washington Nationals. New York lost two of three to the Yankees in the Subway series.

New York still holds the best record in the majors, but Miami hopes to gain ground in the National League East as it sits six games back.

Righty Jarred Cosart tossed four scoreless innings against the Mets earlier in the month before things unraveled with five runs over the next two frames. In his other two starts, Cosart has given up just two runs over 12 innings. Righty Dillon Gee bounced back from consecutive rough outings by allowing two runs over seven frames against the Atlanta Braves.

Right-hander David Phelps, in the rotation for All-Star Henderson Alvarez as he rehabs right shoulder and elbow inflammation, has permitted just one run in 11 2/3 innings as a starter over two outings. Righty Rafael Montero, who also began the season in the bullpen and will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, gets the nod for the Mets. He posted a 4.06 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) as a rookie in 2014.

In the finale, righty Mat Latos looks to continue with his progression. Latos allowed two runs and drove in another at the plate over 6 1/3 innings, a season high. While Latos seeks his first victory, veteran Bartolo Colon could improve to 5-0 on the year. He gave up just one run over seven innings in a win over the Marlins in New York.

Here's a look at the upcoming Mets-Marlins three-game series:

SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS

WHO'S HOT

CF Juan Lagares (Mets): Lagares, who has at least one hit in all but three of his 19 games, capped the Subway Series with six hits in eight at-bats over the final two contests. He scored four runs, tripled and produced an RBI. Lagares also continues to play Gold Glove defense.

SS Adeiny Hechavarria (Marlins): Hechavarria's torrid streak began two weeks ago when the Marlins kicked off a 10-game trip. After a 1 for 22 (.045) start to the season, he has gone 23 for 50 (.460) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and 15 RBI over his past 13 games.

WHO'S NOT

RF Michael Cuddyer Since Tuesday, Cuddyer is just 2 for 19 with three runs, a double, two RBI, three walks and two strikeouts. Prior to this skid, he collected three consecutive multi-hit games against the Marlins at Citi Field.

1B Michael Morse (Marlins): Morse doesn't have an RBI or extra base hit in six games. During this stretch, he is batting .174 (4 for 23) with nine strikeouts. Manager Mike Redmond gave him Saturday off to get back on track.

STORYLINES

4: Bartolo Colon is the fourth pitcher aged 40 or older in the past 80 years to win his first four starts of a season.

14: RBI for Wilmer Flores against the Marlins in 12 career games, which accounts for 28 percent of his total and is the most against any opponent

.993: Fielding percentage for the Marlins defense, best in the majors

.000: Stolen base percentage for Dee Gordon against the Mets this season. He is 0 for 2.

QUOTE BOARD

"We've finally been putting it together -- pitching well and hitting well. Before, it was we would pitch but we wouldn't hit. We would hit, but we wouldn't pitch. A lot of times those things even each other out, and now we're winning some ballgames." -- Righty Dan Haren on the five-game streak

"If I ever want to go for the cycle, I know where to hit it." -- Giancarlo Stanton on his triple off the center-field wall near the sculpture that missed being a homer

"This game's all about confidence. It's so tough. People don't even realize how hard it is. There are so many things you go through not just in a season but over the course of a day. Like I said all along, these guys are a resilient group, they're a fun group. They like to have fun. When we play our way — when we play relaxed and loose and confident — we're as good as anybody. I think you've been able to see that over the last five games." -- Manager Mike Redmond on the change in mood

PROMOTIONS & GIVEAWAYS

April 27 -- Monday Madness Group Offer; South Florida Heroes Monday; All You Can Eat Seats

April 28 -- Miami Herald Half Price Tuesday; Social Media Night

April 29 -- Chevron Crazy 8's Wednesday; Kids Eat Free Wednesday Night

LOOKING AHEAD

The Marlins get Thursday off before concluding their nine-game homestand with a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.


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