Jose Urena was unable to get off to good start early on as the Mets were able to tag Ureña for three runs in the second inning. As the story has been the whole season about the Marlins starters Ureña was only able to go five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, however, his last two starts have faired better than his season opener so Ureña is trending upwards. Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, and Jay Bruce provided the Mets with all the runs they needed, as did Kevin Plawecki’s double play grounder.
The Marlins offense was supplied by Derek Dietrich and Marlins stellar rookie Brian Anderson (1-for-3, RBI double). Dietrich went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth inning and almost added another RBI in the ninth with a one out double. Anderson is having a good season thus far leading all rookies in hits (11) and RBIs (9) with ex-Marlin prospect Colin Moran behind him in both categories.
The Marlins almost squeaked away with a win after having men on second and third but, Jeurys Familia struck out Starlin Castro on an 88 mph slider to get his fifth save and the Mets sixth win in a row.
Garrett Cooper’s hand is in a cast
Garrett Cooper’s right hand has been placed in a wrist following an MRI that revealed a bruised wrist. Cooper was hit by a Kyle Kendricks pitch on March 30 and hasn’t been able to play completely healthy since then. He tried to play through the pain but he hasn’t played since April 1. Cooper is batting .143 (1-for-7) on the season certainly a result of his injury. Look for Cooper to be back on the field in two weeks barring any setback.
Marlins close to being 100 percent
J.T Realmuto, Dan Straily, Martin Prado and even Wei-Yin Chen are close to joining the Marlins. J.T is progressing in rehab and may even join the Marlins on April 16-17 when the Marlins face Giancarlo Stanton and the Yankees or April 19-22 when they face the new look Brewers and their centerfielder Christian Yelich. Straily and Chen are both scheduled to throw bullpen sessions today and should see some game action soon. Third base may soon become crowded as Martin Prado is slowly working towards full health after playing three innings in an extended spring training game and is projected to play more innings in the coming days.
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Jeffrey Loria might be gone but he’s still affecting the Marlins. Miami Dade County had an agreement in place that when the Marlins were sold he would give the county a percentage of the sales but has yet to pay up after reporting a loss of $140 million. The county is now looking to obtain their money from Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman. However Jeter and co. are claiming the Marlins is a foreign corporation therefore the trial should take place in a federal court and should be handed over to an arbitrator. This lawsuit will play out much longer and perhaps the whole season.
Braxton Lee the new Brett Gardner
The Marlins rookie has been compared to Yankees outfielder throughout his minor league career so much so that Lee himself has begun to notice it “I watched him and I was like, that’s exactly how I swing, how I run,” he told the Sun Sentinel. They’re both about the same size and have the similar skills as a leadoff hitter and base stealing threat. However, Lee has to be smarter while running the bases if he wants to play as long as Gardner has, Lee was throw out at second by Cespedes after trying to stretch a single into a double. Keep an eye out for Braxton Lee as he’s getting more regular playing time as of late and has made the most of it batting .375 (3-for-8 ) over his last four games.