Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77 ERA) and David Phelps (0-0, 36.00 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the New York Mets (7-3) and the Miami Marlins (3-7) at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 7-5, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and can be seen on FSN-FL and SNY.
Colon is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in his appearances against the Marlins, and goes up against a below-average Miami offense which is batting just .228 this season. Lucas Duda (.395, 6 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. When pitching against the Mets, Phelps is 0-1 with a 108.00 ERA, 18.00 WHIP, and one strike out. Giancarlo Stanton (.242, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York is a -137 favorite against Miami and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mets have an overall money line of +348 and a record as the favorite of 3-1. New York is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.7 per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play New York. The Mets are the top team when it comes to pitching, allowing a league-low 2.8 runs per game. The Mets are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.06 so far this season.
Fellow NL East members have had an easy time with the Marlins when they're ranked as the underdog. They have a 0-1 record as favorite and 2-4 SU. Offensively, the Marlins have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 3.8 runs per game by averaging 3.2 in those contests. The Marlins are an excellent base stealing team with nine stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. The Marlins average 4.7 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the NL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 3.8 against division foes.
The Mets have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Mets have a 5-2 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Phelps takes the mound. Colon (RHP) will be on the hill against the Marlins, who have a 2-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM, O/U - Over
The Mets hold a 7-3 record against the NL East Division this season, while the Marlins have a 2-5 record against the division.
In extra innings, the Marlins are 1-0.
The Marlins are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Mets have a record of 3-2 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 3-1. The Mets have a 6-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total runs this season, New York ranks 12th with 41 runs and Miami is 13th with 39.
Ranking sixth, Miami is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 35 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 36.
The Mets are 4-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Marlins are 1-2 when they hit at least one homer.