Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) and the New York Mets (27-21) take on Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (18-30) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Citi Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on FSN-FL and SNY.
Harvey is 1-1 with a 4.03 ERA in his appearances against the Marlins, and goes up against a good Miami offense which is batting .258 this season. Lucas Duda (.305, 29 Rs, 8 HRs, 23 RBIs) had another good game Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Haren is 4-3 with a 4.82 ERA when pitching against the Mets. He takes on a below-average New York offense which is hitting just .238 this season. Dee Gordon (.376, 27 Rs, 14 RBIs, 19 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with one stolen base.
The odds for New York and Miami are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, New York has a record of 20-9 SU. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Mets, who have a team ERA of only 3.30. The Mets are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.16 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Mets, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per home game with 8.8.
The Marlins are 12-16 against fellow NL East members. Offensively, the Marlins have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.7 runs per game by averaging 2.7 during that stretch.
The Mets have controlled the season series, 5-2. The Mets have a 23-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Haren takes the mound. Harvey (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have inferior records against right-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 5-14 and 13-27, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
The Mets sit at 20-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Marlins are 12-16.
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 13-7, while Miami is 7-14.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Marlins have a 2-5 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Mets have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Mets have won their last three games while the Marlins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 15-9. The Mets have a 17-2 record when outhitting opponents.
New York and Miami both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. New York sits at 22nd with 180 runs this season and Miami ranks 24th with 178.
New York and Miami both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. New York sits at 17th with 136 this season and Miami ranks 20th with 122.
The Mets are 17-7 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Marlins are 8-16 when they hit at least one homer.