Steven Matz (4-1, 2.68 ERA) and Jarred Cosart (2-5, 4.52 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the New York Mets (2-3) and the Miami Marlins (1-3) at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 11 and can be seen on SNY, FSFL and ESPN.
Matz will take the mound after recording 50.1 innings last year, closing out the season with a 4-1 record, 2.68 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts. David Wright (.267) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Cosart will pitch for the Marlins. Last season he pitched 69.2 innings last season, going 2-5 with a 4.52 ERA 1.38 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Dee Gordon (.421 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Marlins, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
The odds for New York and Miami are Mets -160, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5. It's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Mets. The 2.05 runs that New York's pitchers allow per game makes them the third-ranked staff in the NL. The Mets are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.000 so far this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
The Marlins hold a split 1-1 record against NL East teams, but the Mets are 1-2 in such matchups.
The Mets managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Marlins who are coming in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When outhit, the Mets and the Marlins both have records of 0-3.
Tied at 27th for total home runs, New York and Miami have each hit two homers this season.
Ranking 30th, New York is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 5.80 per game. Miami ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 10.00.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, New York has an OPS of .000 this season. Miami ranks 21st with an OPS of .779.
The Marlins are 1-2 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Mets are 0-2 when they allow at least one homer.