Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pre-Game: Game 19 - Miami Marlins @ New York Mets

The Mets and Marlins will play the 3rd and final game of their series this afternoon from Citi Field.  After taking game 1 thanks to a strong performance from Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey took the ball last night and was equally as dominant as Santana was the night before.  Dickey pitched 7 innings and allowed only 1 run, a Solo HR to his personal nemesis Omar Infante in the 5th inning.  Today the Mets will go for the sweep of the hated Marlins behind left-handed starter Jon Niese (2-0, 2.89).

Niese has been very good in his first 3 starts of the season, lasting at least 6 innings in all of them and pitching to the tune of a 2.89 ERA.  Niese seems to enjoy pitching in day games as he has compiled a 3.68 ERA in such games since the start of last season compared to 4.70 in evening games.  Jon has not fared well against the Marlins in his career as he is 1-4, with a 5.67 ERA over 33.1 innings pitched.

On the mound for the Marlins today will be right-hander Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.93).  Nolasco was not very sharp in his last start against the Cubs at home as he allowed 3 runs, on 8 hits, and 3 BB's over 5.1 innings pitched.  The Mets have handled Nolasco well in the past.  The right-hander has a career record of 5-7, with a 5.27 ERA vs New York.

Game time is scheduled for 1:10PM.  Here are the starting lineups:

For the (7-10) Miami Marlins:

1.  Jose Reyes SS
2.  Emilio Bonifacio CF
3.  Hanley Ramirez 3B
4.  Austin Kearns LF
5.  Omar Infante 2B
6.  Giancarlo Stanton RF
7.  Gaby Sanchez 1B
8.  Brett Hayes C
9.  Ricky Nolasco P

For the (10-8) New York Mets:

1.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
2.  Ruben Tejada SS
3.  Daniel Murphy 2B
4.  David Wright 3B
5.  Lucas Duda RF
6.  Ike Davis 1B
7.  Josh Thole C
8.  Jordany Valdespin LF
9.  Jon Niese P