The Miami Marlins received two days off after being swept by the Philadelphia Phillies. The first day off was a scheduled off day for the team, unfortunately the second game was not. The first game of the Marlins-Mets series was postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams will make the game up in a single admission doubleheader on September 14th.
Hopefully facing the Mets once again can get the Marlins hot again. The team swept their three game series with the Mets last weekend in Miami, bringing their season record to 6-4 against the Mets.
Jose Fernandez will get the ball for the Marlins in the opener, this will be his fourth start of his career and season against the Mets. In his prior three starts, he has pitched 16 1/3 innings and struck out 20 hitters. On June 1st, Fernandez fired seven scoreless innings against the Mets. He allowed just three base hits, struck out eight, and walked just one hitter.
The Mets will counter with Matt Harvey. Although he has a had strong season in 2013, the Marlins were able to get to Harvey the last time the two teams faced off. Harvey allowed four runs on ten hits in his June 2nd start against the Fish. His defense did him no favors in that game and he hopes to have a strong bounce back start today.
Be sure to check out the series preview chat I had with Daniel Abriano, editor of Rising Apple to get you prepared for today’s game.
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Bold Prediction: The Marlins are able to continue their mastery of the Mets behind a strong start from Fernandez and Marcell Ozuna‘s second and third home runs of the season. Marlins win 3-1!