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Mets 101 Game Preview: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

September 17th, 2014 at 5:32 PM
By Mike Phillips

After romping to a 9-1 win last night, the New York Mets (73-79) will wrap up their 10 game home stand tonight against the Miami Marlins (73-77). The two teams have split the first two games of the three game set, with both looking to grab the rubber game this evening. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

The Mets will send righty Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80 ERA) to the mound. Gee picked up a win in his last outing, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals. The Marlins will counter with righty Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81 ERA). Alvarez took a no decision in his last outing despite allowing one run in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Matt den Dekker
  2. 3B Daniel Murphy
  3. C Travis d'Arnaud
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. 2B Wilmer Flores
  6. RF Curtis Granderson
  7. CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Dillon Gee

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Gee has fared very well against the Marlins this season, going 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts against them this season.
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Bud Selig Supports New York Mets Ownership During Farewell Tour

September 17th, 2014 at 12:29 PM
By Mike Phillips

Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig visited Citi Field yesterday as part of his farewell tour. Selig took in last night's game, which saw the New York Mets defeat the Miami Marlins 9-1. Prior to the contest, Selig spoke to reporters about the state of the Mets. Selig, who is friends with Mets owner Fred Wilpon, voiced his support for the team's ownership, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

Selig gave a strong endorsement to the Wilpons' ability to run the Mets despite their financial problems. When asked about the team's finances, Selig stated:

"Do I have a problem with the Mets' financials? None."

Selig was questioned about what was different between the Mets' situation and what happened with the Los Angeles Dodgers a few years ago. The Dodgers, under then owner Frank McCourt, experienced serious financial difficulties as McCourt's divorce proceedings essentially froze the team's finances and a pending TV contract. Selig forced a sale of the Dodgers to a group headlined by Magic Johnson, but has remained steadfast in his support of the Wilpons despite similar financial difficulties.

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Flores Leads Mets Offensive Explosion in 9-1 Rout of Marlins

September 17th, 2014 at 12:17 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (73-79) evened up their series with a 9-1 blowout over the Miami Marlins (73-77) Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wilmer Flores homered twice and added a RBI double in a 3-for-4, six RBI night as the Mets pounded out nine runs on a dozen hits. The Marlins compiled thirteen hits of their own on the night but couldn't get the big ones when they needed them, stranding ten while hitting into three double plays.

Game Highlights

  • The Marlins actually got on the board first in this one, as Christian Yelich reached on an infield single that brought home Reed Johnson to put the Marlins up 1-0 in the third inning.
  • That lead held up until the bottom of the fourth, when the Met offense exploded with four runs in the frame, sending eight men to the plate in the process. It all started with the RBI double from Flores that brought home Travis d'Arnaud, followed by a RBI single from Curtis Granderson that scored Flores and a RBI double off the bat of Ruben Tejada that plated Granderson and Matt den Dekker.
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Mets 101 Game Preview: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

September 16th, 2014 at 6:53 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (72-79) continue their three-game series with the visiting Miami Marlins (73-76) Monday night at Citi Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM. The Mets wasted another great outing from Jacob deGrom in the opener to fall 6-5 and drop themselves eight games back in the NL Wild Card, while the Marlins cling to their postseason hopes six games back in the race.

Local Media Coverage

TV – SNY
Radio – WOR

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. CF Juan Lagares
  2. 3B Daniel Murphy
  3. C Travis d'Arnaud
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. 2B Wilmer Flores
  6. RF Curtis Granderson
  7. LF Matt den Dekker
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14) looks to rebound from a dreadful three-plus inning start last Thursday where he allowed six runs and was thrown out of the game for a pair of hit batsmen. Colon has alternated wins and losses in his last eight starts dating back to July 28 so at least he's due for a W.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29) goes to the mound in search of his first win since August 8. In his six starts that have followed, he's 0-5 with a 5.74 ERA and has failed to go longer than five innings in three of those outings.

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New York Mets Will Announce Status of Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins at End of Year

September 16th, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have little to play for the rest of this season, but they will have a lot of questions to answer this offseason. The first two to be addressed will be the fates of the men in charge of guiding the franchise. General Manager Sandy Alderson's four year deal is up at the end of this season, while manager Terry Collins has one year remaining on his deal. The Mets have options for both positions, with Alderson's option for the 2015 season and Collins' for 2016.

The Mets are expected to announce the status of both Alderson and Collins after the season is over, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. Both Collins and Alderson are expected to return in 2015. There is also a possibility the Mets and Alderson will announce a contract extension that takes him beyond the 2015 season. Alderson, 66, is believed to want to retire by the age of 70 but also wants to leave the Mets in better shape than they were when he took the job four years ago.

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