Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets - 8/1/2013
NY Mets (48-57) at Miami (41-65)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm (Marlins Park)
The Line: Miami Marlins +144 / New York Mets -154 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNY, FS-Florida
The New York Mets hope to saddle the Miami Marlins with a loss in the series finale.
Following consecutive victories in South Florida, the Mets couldn't get their offense in gear in a 3-2 defeat on Wednesday. That's really not a huge surprise, because the offense tends to come and go which is why this team is below .500. The question is whether this team is ready to throw in the towel, with Atlanta beginning to seperate itself from the rest of the division. Starter Jenrry Meija gave his team a chance with three runs given up on six hits and a BB over six frames but that was nothing but a losing effort. The New York attack produced eight hits and walked twice, with Ike Davis doubling in a run, while another was plated on a passed ball. Matt Harvey faces Miami Tuesday looking to throw some more zeros on the scoreboard. Harvey has allowed an unearned run in his past two outings covering 15 innings of work, while going 1-0 with a no decision.
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Miami has played some decent baseball from time to time, but their record says those times haven't come often enough. The Marlins rely heavily on their pitching to put games in the win column because the runs can be a precious commodity. The work on the mound came through Tuesday with Henderson Alverez holding the New York offense to a pair of runs on six hits and two bases on balls through 7.1 innings pitched. The bats totaled six hits and walked once Jake Marisnik going solo, while Placido Polanco and Giancarlo Stanton hit sacrifice flies. Miami sends Tom Koehler to the bump to face the visiting Mets on Thursday. Koehler is hoping for a better performance than the one we saw in a 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh in which he gave up five runs on nine hits and three BB in five frames.
The Mets send ace Matt Harvey out which gives them tthe advantage on the mound, but he doesn't get much run support to work with. I'll give him a shot because a few runs might be enough...