Miami Marlins: Fish face Mets for first time in 2014

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Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins face the New York Mets for the first time over the weekend. (Alan Tompas)

Marlins aim to close road trip on high note

After dropping two of three games to the first place Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins will conclude a six-game road trip at Citi Field for three games against the New York Mets. The three-game set will be the first of 19 total meetings between the Mets and Marlins this season.

Despite not having All-Star Matt Harvey in the rotation, starting pitching has been very good for the Mets to this point. Jenrry Mejia, Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee are all off to solid starts. Mejia and Gee will each take the mound in the upcoming series with Miami.

For that Mets’ rotation to be successful, it will need to limit the damage of Marlins’ right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton has six home runs on the young season and leads all of baseball with a remarkable 27 RBIs.

With a record of 10-12, the Marlins remain in last place in the National League East, but sit just two games back of second and 4.5 out of first. The Mets are 12-10 through 22 games which has them tied for second in the division, 2.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves.

While the Miami Marlins had a season to forget in 2013, one of the few teams they actually played well against was the New York Mets. Miami took 11 of the 19 match-ups a season ago. All in all, the season series was very competitive in 2013 with five of the 19 contests between the teams going into extra innings. On June 8th of last season, the Marlins edged the Mets 2-1 in 20 innings — the most ever played by Miami.

Miami and New York will open the series with night games on Friday and Saturday before concluding the set with a day game on Sunday. The teams will meet again in South Florida on May 5th.

Marlins Musings

Fernandez Delivers Marlins First Road Win
While the Miami Marlins are 9-4 at home, victories on the road had been hard to come by. Entering the middle game of their series at Turner Field, Miami remained winless away from Marlins Park. Thanks largely to Jose Fernandez however, that all changed on Tuesday. In eight shutout innings, Fernandez allowed three hits while matching a career-high with 14 strikeouts. Fernandez did not surrender a walk and lowered his ERA to 1.99 with the stellar effort. Casey McGehee’s RBI single in the fourth scored Giancarlo Stanton for the only run of the game in a 1-0 Marlins’ win. Steve Cishek converted his fourth save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth for the Marlins.

Furcal Set to Make Marlins Debut
Veteran infielder Rafael Furcal will likely make his Miami Marlins debut at Citi Field. Furcal was recently activated from the 15-day disabled list and is soon to make his first appearance with his new club. Due to the hot start from second baseman Derek Dietrich, Furcal may have to split time, but will certainly bring speed and a veteran presence to the Miami lineup. Furcal hit .264 for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, but is a three-time All-Star and a former National League Rookie of the Year.

Pitching Match-ups
Friday – Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 1-2, 2.66 ERA vs. Zack Wheeler (NYM) 1-2, 4.63 ERA
Saturday – Kevin Slowey (MIA) 0-0, 4.15 ERA vs. Jenrry Mejia (NYM) 3-0, 1.99 ERA
Sunday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 2-1, 2.13 ERA vs. Dillon Gee (NYM) 1-1, 3.58 ERA

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