What to look for: Mets vs. Marlins, 1:10 PM
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Marlins today at Marlins Park in Miami at 1:10 pm.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Michael Conforto – LF
Wilmer Flores – 2B
Kelly Johnson – 1B
Juan Uribe – 3B
Ruben Tejada – SS
Kevin Plawecki – C
Steven Matz – LHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Steven Matz (2-0, 1.32 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Jarred Cosart (1-4, 5.36 ERA) will start for the Marlins.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets today:
The Mets got an uplifting start from Bartolo Colon on Saturday, which also served to rest an ailing bullpen with his complete game effort. The Mets have to feed off of Colon’s start and continue their momentum swing into Sunday, ahead of their biggest series in seven years starting tomorrow in Washington.
Heading into their three-game series against the Nationals with a series win is essential, especially against a second-division team in the Marlins that they’re expected to defeat and take care of business against anytime they face them. They’ve done a good job against these kinds of teams all year long – that must continue on Sunday.
Steadiness from Matz.
Matz is making his first start in two months as he’s fully healed from the partially torn lat muscle in his left side. He is a dynamic, power pitching left-hander who, when he’s on, came dominate the opposition with his awesome stuff. Presumably, Matz will be capped at 90-100 pitches on Sunday, but like last night, it’s important he’s efficient and provides length for the bullpen to get this game to the aces of the relief corps.
He’s young, and he’s going to presumably be amped up for this start, but he’s shown tremendous composure over his first two big league starts. A continuation of that would be beneficial in what really is a big game for the Mets.
The Mets have gotten their offense back on track and have done a good job swinging the bats in this series in particular. A little run support and a plushy cushion for their young left-hander would go a long way on Sunday.
They’re facing a sinkerballer in Cosart and when he’s on, it’s tough to get a lot of lift on the ball. But they showed earlier this year he is very hittable and prone to mistakes, so the Mets just need to remain patient, do the little things well when they do get some baserunners early, and move them around while they wait for Cosart to come up in the zone.