Miami Marlins Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins


The Miami Marlins were three outs away from winning their sixth game in a row. In one of the fastest games in Marlins history, the Fish took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, to give closer Steve Cishek a chance to close the game. Cishek had been struggling to start the season and it didn’t get any better when he came into the game Monday night. After a walk and a hit he gave up a three run shot to a struggling Daniel Murphy and blew the save.

Cishek’s ERA increased to 11.37.

The Miami Marlins will look to turn the page tonight and try to start a new winning streak.

David Phelps gets the nod for the Fish tonight. Phelps, was slotted into the rotation when the Marlins placed Henderson Alvarez on the DL with elbow and should inflammation. Phelps has been solid in his few starts, after having one really bad relief appearance.

Phelps is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts. His first start came against this very Mets team going  4 2/3 and giving up only one run in a no decision. His second start was a good start vs the Phillies where he went 7 innings, giving up just three hits and no runs.

Before yesterday’s game the Marlins parted ways with their 2013 “prize”free agent signing, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. They designated him for assignment after a slow start to the season. This move made it clear that J.T. Realmuto is the catcher of the future and is in the Big Leagues to stay.

The Marlins will line up like this:

  1. Dee Gordon 2nd
  2. Martin Prado 3rd
  3. Giancarlo Stanton RF
  4. Marcell Ozuna CF
  5. Michael Morse 1st
  6. J.T. Realmuto C
  7. Ichiro Suzuki LF
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS
  9. David Phelps P

The Mets are off to a 15-5 start to the season which has shocked most of the baseball world. This is the best start in baseball and most of their success has come from Lucas Duda and their entire pitching rotation. 

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To give Matt Harvey more rest in between starts, the Mets decided to go with a 6 man rotation. To do this they recalled Rafael Montero from AAA to join the rotation and start tonight. Montero originally made the club out of Spring training as a reliever.

The Mets then sent him down to get a start under his belt.

The Mets are 5-0 on the year vs the Marlins, taking game one of this series and then sweeping them in New York last week.

The Mets will line-up behind Montero like this:

  1. Curtis Granderson RF
  2. Juan Lagares CF
  3. Lucas Duda 1st
  4. Eric Campelll 3rd
  5. Daniel Murphy 2nd
  6. Ruben Tejeda SS
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis Lf
  8. Antony Recker C
  9. Rafael Montero P

Hopefully the Marlins can jump on the rookie, who is making his 9th major league start, and just his first of the season.

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