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Mets vs. Marlins; pitching preview

By SBRForum.com

 

It has been a second half to forget for the Mets, and although they are out of playoff contention, they can still use the last few games of the season to play young guys, and possibly knock another team out of playoff contention.

 

Jon Niese

Jon Niese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MLB odds favor the Mets in Game 1 of their three-game series against the Marlins, and this is because of the favorable pitching matchup for the Mets.

 

Game 1 will feature Jonathon Niese taking on Jacob Turner. Niese has played well this season, as he has a 3.46 ERA, with an 11-9 record and 145 strikeouts. Niese has been very good in his last eight starts. Even though he is 4-4 in those starts, he has a 2.43 ERA in the month of August and September, and he has been a workhorse this season. He has pitched no less than 6.0 innings since the beginning of June.

 

Chris Young takes the hill for the Mets in Game 2 of this series, and Mark Buehrle will counter him. Young has been forgettable as the fill in starter, but even though he has the once in a while bad start, he has given several quality starts this season.

 

Lastly, RA Dickey will take the mound in the rubber game for the Mets, and the talented Ricky Nolasco will counter him. Dickey will be looking for his 19th win of the season, and he has been stuck on 18 wins since his last win on September 5th against St. Louis. Dickey’s ERA is still stellar at 2.67, (leading the NL) and his 205 strikeouts are good for 5th in the MLB, and second in the National League by one strikeout.

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