Series Preview: New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins
The Mets roll into Miami after dropping two of three in the Bronx. The MLB-best Mets sit at 14-5, and take on their intra-division rival Marlins, who trail New York by 6 games with an 8-11 record.
Dillon Gee goes for his first win of the 2015 campaign as he takes on ex-Astro Jarred Cosart. With Montero getting called up Tuesday to create a six-man rotation, Gee needs to step it up if he doesn’t want to be sent to the bullpen. A couple of mediocre pitchers with a couple of decent offenses should keep the scorekeepers busy in this series premiere.
Rafael Montero makes his first start of the season after working out of the ‘pen to start the year. With the Metsies’ surplus in starting pitching, combined with the awareness to keep Matt Harvey healthy, the crew has decided to add a member to the rotation. Montero has shown signs of potential, and this is his best chance to prove to GM Sandy Alderson & Co. once and for all how much superior he is to Dillon Gee. He opposes David Phelps in what should make for a decent battle.
The series concludes with Bartolo Colon and Mat Latos in what seems to be one of the most lopsided competitions so far. Latos has proven Christopher Columbus wrong: the world is flat, and Latos has fallen off the edge. Colon, on the other hand, has aged finer than the finest wine. Approaching 42 years of age, Colon has begun the season 4-0, and has shown no signs of slowing down. Latos is on the opposite end of the spectrum, 0-3 and falling deeper and deeper into oblivion. Colon should have the hand up, but maybe Latos has one more All-Star performance left in him.
The Mets have dazzled to this point in the season, and with mediocre pitching and defense on the horizon, they should be able to keep rolling right on into May. The Marlins aren’t exactly stacked, sans Giancarlo Stanton. They do have a reigning player of the week, although it might not be who you’d expect. You don’t believe me? Try Adeiny Hechavarria. That’s right — the shortstop who consistently hits eighth. Believe me now? Point is, the Fish’s offense is woefully inconsistent, and the Mets just hope they’ve caught them on the down. As for the Amazins, they continue to drive in runs thanks to Lucas Duda and others. The Mets lone All-Star of 2014 Daniel Murphy has been awful to say the least. If he doesn’t turn it around soon, he may be packing his bags, traded in favor for a red hot Dilson Herrera. Murph needs to start hitting, and Miami is as good of a place as any.