New York Mets Series Preview vs. Miami Marlins April 16-19

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New York Mets Series Preview: Mets and Miami Marlins Face Off For First Time In 2015

Sep 15, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud (15) reacts after hitting an RBI double as behind Miami Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano (17) reacts during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are fresh off a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, starting their 10-game homestand as well as anyone could ask for in terms of record. The series wasn’t without negatives though, as the Mets lost David Wright to a pulled hamstring, and had to place him on the 15-day DL. It is an injury that the Mets will feel on and off the field, but if Wednesday night is any indication, the Mets should be able to keep their head above water without him.

The first series they will be playing without Wright will be against yet another NL East foe, this time around being the Miami Marlins. This series will be of the four-game variety. Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series starting Thursday night.

Thursday, April 16th: Dillon Gee (0-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. Jarred Cosart (0-1, 1.50 ERA)
Friday, April 17th: Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. David Phelps (0-0, 36.00 ERA)
Saturday, April 18th: Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46 ERA) vs. Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36 ERA)
Sunday, April 19th: Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tony Koehler (1-1, 3.18 ERA)

Both teams will be coming into this series with improving play, as the Mets are riding a four-game winning streak, while the Marlins will enter on a two-game one of their own. On paper, this is a series the Mets should continue their budding offensive growth in, as the Marlins will be tossing out two struggling pitchers to start games, while the Marlins look to have a tough sledding after the first game of the series.

The Mets cannot afford to take the Marlins for granted though, as this will be an important series come the end of the season. The Mets and Marlins both are expecting to take the next step this season, and to do that, defeating teams in their tiers is important. If one team can take three games here, it would go a long way for the playoff picture at the end of the season, and continue the strong streak of play each team is on.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our series preview. Here are a couple of things to look for an keep an eye on when the Mets and Marlins face off at Citi Field throughout the weekend.

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