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Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets: Game 73 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back in game two of the four game series with the New York Mets on Friday night. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Marlins.

Rob Foldy

After Andrew Heaney's major league debut was spoiled by a quality Zach Wheeler outing, the Miami Marlins will look to bounce back in game two of the four game series with the New York Mets. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Marlins.

Pitching Matchup
PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS Mets ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.75 3.12 2.56 Alvarez Matsuzaka 2.81 3.88 4.98

Since Jose Fernandez went down, Henderson Alvarez has arguably been Miami's most consistent starter. In his last outing against the Pirates, Alvarez went seven innings and yielded two runs while walking a pair and striking out six.

In 15 innings against the Mets this seasob, Alvarez has given up just two runs while walking two and striking out 11.

Daisuke Matsuzaka's last start (after a pair of innings in relief) came against Milwaukee, during which he went six innings and gave up one run while walking three and striking out five.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK METS MIAMI MARLINS
Eric Young Jr. - LF Rafael Furcal - 2B
Daniel Murphy - 2B A. Hechavarria - SS
David Wright - 3B G. Stanton - RF
C. Granderson - CF Casey McGehee - 3B
Bobby Abreu - RF J. Saltalamacchia - C
Lucas Duda - 1B Garrett Jones - 1B
Anthony Recker - C Marcell Ozuna - LF
Ruben Tejada - SS Jake Marisnick - CF
D. Matsuzaka - RHP H. Alvarez - RHP

Miami's offense is struggling of late, scoring just twice in the last two games. Adeiny Hechavarria is slotted in the two spot with Jarrod Saltalamacchia batting ahead of Garrett Jones. Jake Marisnick moves back down into the eight spot for the Marlins.

Curtis Granderson will hit cleanup for the Mets, with Anthony Recker behind the plate and Bobby Abreu in right field.

Notes

-Can Miami end the skid? After starting the year as one of baseball's hottest teams at home, the Marlins have struggled on the current homestand.

-How will the offense respond? It won't be Zach Wheeler again, but Miami has had difficulty scoring runs of late.

Bold Prediction: Mets def. Marlins 3-0