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

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The Mets look to even up their three-game series with the Miami Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park at 7:10 PM.

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

Juan Lagares – CF
David Wright – 3B
Yoenis Cespedes – LF
Juan Uribe – 2B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Wilmer Flores – SS
Eric Campbell – 1B
Eric Young Jr. – RF
Bartolo Colon – RHP

Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:

Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) will start for the Mets.

Brad Hand (4-4, 4.54 ERA) will start for the Marlins.

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

Back on the horse.

Friday night was not an easy one to swallow for this Mets team. After coming back from 3-0 down to take a 4-3 lead in the 7th, and with the Nationals trailing 2-1 late in Washington, it appeared as if the Mets were closing in on a seven-game lead in the NL East.

After questionable management of the bullpen however, the Mets lead quickly evaporated and despite another comeback, this time in the 9th inning, the Marlins eventually walked off for the victory, the Nationals came back and walked off in D.C. and the NL East lead reduced to five games.

Tonight, the Mets have to get back on the horse and get a victory in this series. They’ve beaten up on the Marlins for most of the 2015 season, and after a disappointing loss last night, they need to get back to those winning ways tonight.

Good Bart.

All of a sudden, Bartolo Colon has been one of the Mets best pitchers of late. Spanning over his last couple starts, Colon is now riding a 16-inning scoreless streak, albeit with 15 of those innings coming against the lowly Phillies. Still, the sudden resurgence of the 42-year-old hurler is nothing but good news for this team.

As the team walks into Marlins Park on Saturday night in need of a win to even their series with Miami, a start from Colon suddenly doesn’t seem like automatic trouble, as it did at times from May until recently.

If Colon can continue to throw good strikes–i.e. pitches that don’t leak over the heart of the plate–and utilize his two-seamer as well as his secondary pitches the way he has of late, he and the Mets should be in good shape tonight.

Push off the distractions.

The Mets are now faced with dodging a major, negative distraction with their best pitcher. It’s another test for them to overcome and a situation the front office and the coaching staff have to work out and move forward from. But there’s no question this problem will infiltrate the clubhouse, simply by the questions the media will undoubtedly be asking the players on a regular basis.

But good teams overcome. And that starts tonight.

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