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Marlins vs. Mets: Game 97 Thread

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The Fish look to increase its lead in the wild card race.

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The Marlins picked up a big win in yesterday's bout versus the Mets, and are looking to win yet another series and get some distance in the wild card standings.

Miami will be going with its young righty Jose Urena (1-1) today. It's Urena's second start of the season and second appearance of his career versus the Mets. He gave up just four hits in 5.2 innings on July 19, versus the Phillies and will look for another solid outing in this one. He last pitched against the Mets September 5 of last year, when he came out of the bullpen. He recorded three straight ground-ball outs in one inning.

New York will be throwing Steven Matz (7-6) on the mound in hopes of cutting the Marlins lead in the wild card. Matz started the year phenomenally, but has gone 0-5 in his last eight starts. Most of that is due to the run support not being there, but the young lefty has given up a home run in each of his last six appearances. He allowed eight hits and four runs in his last start on July 18, versus the Cubs.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.

Pitching Match-up:

Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
NYM Steven Matz 3.56 3.48 3.51
MIA Jose Urena 6.23 4.72 4.56

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK METS MIAMI MARLINS
Jose Reyes - 3B Miguel Rojas - 1B
Curtis Granderson - RF Martin Prado - 3B
Yoenis Cespedes - LF Christian Yelich - LF
James Loney - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Kelly Johnson - 2B Marcell Ozuna - CF
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS J.T. Realmuto - C
Michael Conforto - CF Derek Dietrich - 2B
Rene Rivera - C Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Steven Matz - LHP Jose Urena - RHP

Notes:

- The Marlins haven't lost a series since its last three game set versus.... the Mets. They lost 4-2 on July 6.

- Christian Yelich has been on fire lately batting .419, with three homers and nine RBI's in his last seven games.

Bold Prediction: Urena goes six, and Prado records three hits in 3-2 win.