What to look for: Mets vs. Marlins, 7:10 PM

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The Mets open up a three-game series with the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park at 7:10 PM.

Rich MacLeodHere is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:

Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Michael Conforto – LF
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Juan Uribe – 2B
Kelly Johnson – 1B
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP

Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Jacob deGrom (12-7, 2.32 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Tom Koehler (8-13, 4.12 ERA) will start for the Marlins.

Mets vs MarlinsHere’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight:

Back on the winning track.

After getting beat up in Philadelphia and getting little run support in his following start against Boston, Mets ace Jacob deGrom is in a bit of a dry spell, as his last victory came in Baltimore on August 18th.

Overall, deGrom has been phenomenal all season long and while his chances of claiming the Cy Young award are essentially out the window, his 2.32 ERA is still good for 4th best in the National League and 5th best in all of baseball.

Tonight, deGrom will have his shot to get back on the winning track as he faces a Marlins team that is still without slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. This projects to be a good matchup for deGrom as the 27-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins. In those five career starts, deGrom has struck out 42 while walking just eight.


Each and every day, the Mets magic number seems to get smaller and smaller. After the team was off last night and the Nationals won, it was just the second time in the last 15 days that the Mets’ magic number didn’t go down by at least one.

Tonight, the Mets are back with destiny in their own hands as they face the Marlins. After sweeping Miami at Marlins Park in early August, the Mets once again will look to beat up on a struggling team. If the Mets take care of business, do what they have to do and do what they have already been doing over the past month, than that magic number should get even lower tonight, regardless of what happens in D.C.

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