New York Mets @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Wednesday, May 1st 12:40 PM EST (Game 28)


Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc (23) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have won three consecutive ballgames and are seeking their first series sweep of the season. The Marlins own a winning record (3-2) against the New York Mets, but are a pathetic5-17 against all teams. Maybe the Marlins could request more games against the Mets?

The pitching matchup in the finale will feature Wade LeBlanc for the Marlins and Dillon Gee for the Mets. Neither starter has pitched well of late, but will have a good chance to bounce back against offenses that don’t put too many runs on the board.

Pitching Matchup:

25.25.965.41GeeMay 1LeBlanc24.26.204.86

Projected Lineup

LineupPlayer AVG.OBP.SLG %
1Juan Pierre.211.242.242
2Donovan Solano
3Greg Dobbs.244.310.321
4Justin Ruggiano.230.295.320
5Marcell Ozuna
6Chris Valaika.250.292.341
7Miguel Olivo.176.222.382
8Nick Green

Do not think I could name a Single-A team that is devoid of talent. Manager Mike Redmond has no choice to roll out the players he is presented with, but there is no way this lineup has more talent than the roster he managed last season in the Blue Jays organization.

Obviously the injuries to key players such as Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison are doing the Marlins no favors. When those two return, the Marlins lineup will drastically improve, but that is not saying much, as the struggle to score runs will still be evident.

Bold Prediction: As much as I would like to see the Marlins finish the sweep, I see the David Wright and the Mets jumping on Wade LeBlanc early and often. Wright will hit a two-run homer in the first and the Mets will never look back. Ozuna will collect his first big league homer in this one. Mets win 7-4.