What to look for: Marlins vs. Mets, 7:10 PM
The Mets open a three-game series with the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field at 7:10 pm.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Juan Lagares CF
David Wright 3B
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Juan Uribe 2B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Michael Cuddyer RF
Lucas Duda 1B
Wilmer Flores SS
Logan Verrett RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Logan Verrett (1-1, 3.06 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Justin Nicolino (3-3, 3.72 ERA) will start for the Marlins.
Here is what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
Eight is great.
The Mets will go for their eighth consecutive win, but perhaps more importantly they’ll look to get off on the right foot at home, a venue they’ve suddenly struggled to score runs consistently in. Simply put, they rocked the Nationals and Braves during their seven game winning streak, and they’ll look to continue their torrid stretch against a Marlins team that really gave them trouble in Miami last weekend.
They’ll need to do it without Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy as they’re getting a well-deserved day off. But they have a quality and formidable lineup in place to face the left-hander Nicolino, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be in a good position to continue their winning streak.
The last time Verrett started in place of Matt Harvey, he was brilliant in perhaps the most difficult ballpark to be brilliant in at Coors Field. He pitched eight innings and completely shutdown the Rockies offense to deliver a series sweep of the Rockies.
He’s going to be asked to give the Mets another quality effort in this spot start for Harvey against a team that beat them two out of three times last weekend and is coming off a series win over the Nationals as well. It’s difficult to predict what he’s going to give the Mets in this spot start, but the key arms and their long relievers are well rested in case they need a long outing from the bullpen.
It was a really sloppy game for the defense on Sunday. The Mets really don’t want that to become a habit like it was earlier in the year. They’ve played so well behind their pitchers during this amazing run since July 31, and it’s going to be essential they keep that up down the stretch of the season and in the postseason as well.