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Monday, May 05, 2014

Preview: Game 31 - Mets (16-14) at Marlins (16-15) - Niese (2-2) vs Eovaldi (2-1) - Niese has Giancarlo on the Brain

Preview: Game 31
New York Mets (16-14) at Miami Marlins (16-15)
Pitching Probables - Jon Niese (2-2) 2.20 ERA vs Nate Eovaldi (2-1) 2.58 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10PM


Giancarlo Stanton, the National League's leader in homers and RBIs, looks to stay hot against New York Mets starter Jonathon Niese and help the Marlins improve on the majors' best home record Monday night.

Miami (16-15) has made up for its dismal 2-10 road mark by going 14-5 at Marlins Park, winning there for the eighth time in nine games with Sunday's 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jeff Baker's RBI double with two outs in the ninth scored Adeiny Hechavarria with the winning run.

That sentiment especially applies to Stanton, who hit a towering two-run homer in the first and added a line-drive solo shot in the sixth. He's hitting .342 with seven of his 10 homers and 29 of his 36 RBIs at home, compared to just a .200 average on the road.

Stanton went 2 for 12 as the Mets (16-14) took two of three from the Marlins in New York from April 25-27, and he's hitting just .125 over his last 13 against them.

Stanton, though, is 7 for 18 (.389) with two homers off Niese, who will look to continue his solid run in the opener of this set. Other notables: Jeff Baker (6 for 12) .500, Reed Johnson (8 for 17) .389, Donovan Solano .364 (4 for 11) vs Niese. The Team is batting .327 (34 for 104) vs Niese...

Niese (2-2, 2.20 ERA) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings of a 6-1 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, and he's allowed one run in each of his last three starts while pitching at least six innings.

Niese has worked into the sixth in 12 of his 13 starts against the Marlins and went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three outings against them last season.

The left-hander will look to help New York win back-to-back games after it avoided a four-game sweep with Sunday's 5-1 win over Colorado.

Juan Lagares, who was scheduled to have the day off before Eric Young Jr. was hit below the right eye with an errant ball in batting practice, went 3 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games.

Nathan Eovaldi will look to help put an end to that run as he takes the mound for the Marlins in this contest.

Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58) has been stellar over his last three outings, going 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA. He gave up one run and three hits through seven innings of Wednesday's 9-3 win over Atlanta, as the offense matched his run support total from his previous three starts.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.58 ERA against the Mets...Mets have hit him batting .276 (16 for 58) David Wright is batting .286 (4 for 14) with 1 2B vs Eovaldi. Daniel Murphy is batting .364 (4 for 11) vs Eovaldi..

Going to be an interesting game to see how the Mets handle the Marlins....LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Jeff Baker126100101.500.500.5831.083
Rob Brantly30000001.
Derek Dietrich31000001.333.333.333.667
Rafael Furcal50000011.
Adeiny Hechavarria82000111.250.333.250.583
Reed Johnson187000310.389.421.389.810
Garrett Jones20000000.
Ed Lucas63100002.500.500.6671.167
Jeff Mathis51100001.200.200.400.600
Casey McGehee71100011.
Marcell Ozuna32100100.667.6671.0001.667
Donovan Solano114200302.364.364.545.909
Giancarlo Stanton187002427.389.429.7221.151
Christian Yelich30000001.

Lucas Duda82000002.
Juan Lagares330102001.0001.0001.6672.667
Daniel Murphy114200111.364.385.545.930
Kirk Nieuwenhuis41000001.
Omar Quintanilla20000010.000.333.000.333
Ruben Tejada102000021.200.333.200.533
David Wright144100012.286.333.357.690
Chris Young20000010.000.333.000.333
Eric Young Jr.40000030.000.429.000.429
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