The New York Mets are 22 games into their season, and their record is a surprising 12-10. The Mets faced a gauntlet of a schedule to open their season, headlined by series against three 2013 playoff teams (the Braves, Cardinals, and Reds) as well as a nine game road trip and an Opening Week series with the Washington Nationals, who barely missed the playoffs in 2013. The Mets came through that stretch intact, and now are 4-3 on a critical ten game home stand.
The Mets will have a chance to finish their home stand strong with the last place Miami Marlins coming for a three game set. The Marlins are 10-12 on the year, good for last in the National League East, but they have been swinging the bats very well in the early going. The Marlins are headlined by their 23 year old star outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, who is hitting .284 with six home runs and a National League leading 27 RBI's over the first month of the year. The Mets will catch a break, however, as they will miss Marlins' ace Jose Fernandez in this series.
The Mets know it is important for their confidence to win this series against the lowly Marlins, and they will send talented right hander Zack Wheeler to the mound to try and get the series started on a positive note. Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) received a no decision in his last outing, giving up three runs in six innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The Marlins will send right hander Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA) to the bump. Alvarez is coming off his best start of the season, a complete game shutout against the Seattle Mariners on April 19th. First pitch for tonight's game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
New York Mets Lineup:
- LF Eric Young Jr
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 3B David Wright
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- CF Chris Young
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Zack Wheeler
- The Mets are two games over .500 for the first time since April 2013.
- The Mets' starting pitching has been outstanding over their last ten games, going 6-3 with a 1.84 ERA over that span.
- Manager Terry Collins told reporters that reliever Jeurys Familia is fine and will appear in a game soon. Familia hasn't pitched in a week.
- The Mets will stick with Curtis Granderson in the two hole and Daniel Murphy cleanup in an effort to continue building Granderson's confidence back up.
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