What to look for: Marlins vs. Mets, 7:10 PM
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday night 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
Wilmer Flores SS
Eric Campbell 1B
Bartolo Colon RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Bartolo Colon (14-11, 4.13 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Adam Conley (3-1, 4.93 ERA) will start for the Marlins.
Here’s what I’m looking for from the Mets tonight:
A new winning streak.
The Mets had an eight-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night with a 9-3 loss.
It happens. They can’t win them all.
But there’s nothing stopping the Mets from another winning streak and, most importantly, winning a series against the Marlins, which is something they failed to do last week in Miami. The Mets are well aware of the fact they haven’t won anything yet, and even during their flat loss on Tuesday, they still fought despite coming up a little short.
With a big series coming this weekend against the Yankees, heading into that on a high note would be beneficial, and it would obviously get that magic number down by at least one if they got it done on Wednesday.
More inspiration from Bart.
Colon has been something else lately, and a lot of fun to watch at that. He’s reinvented himself to a degree as he’s begun pitching a little backwards by using his slider and change-up a little more and in early parts of the count. Of course, his location has been the big key for his success over his last four starts, during which he’s allowed just two earned runs in 31 2/3 innings while going a perfect 4-0 during that span.
He threw a complete game gem against Miami on September 5. But despite that success, he’s going to have to change the program a bit this go around since the Marlins have probably learned from their inability to get anything done against him 11 days ago. He’s crafty and has found a way to being the winningest pitcher on the Mets staff this year, so it will be fascinating to see if Colon can make that adjustment and be successful against Miami again.
How about some offense?
The Mets bats were a little flat on Tuesday night, which really isn’t that surprising considering they were due to get stuffed one of these days.
Getting back into that groove would at least help support Colon in the event he has a tough night, and obviously give him a nice cushion as he goes for his 15th win of the season.