The New York Mets haven’t had the type of season they were hoping for but a good finish to the 2012 campaign might produce some optimism – and momentum – for the 2013 season.
To finish up the month of August, the Mets are going to host the Miami Marlins for a three-game set in a battle of the two cellar-dwellers in the American League East.
The Mets lost on Thursday but have actually won four of their last five games overall. Thursday’s loss snapped a four-game winning streak, which was their second-longest winning streak of the season (five is their current high). Needless to say, it’s one of the few positives the Mets have had in the second half of the season.
At one point, the Mets were 46-39. Before that winning streak, they were just 11-30 in their previous 41 games. Regardless, they’ll have a good chance to keep the momentum going this weekend when they visit the Marlins. The Marlins have won just 15 of their last 41 games.
The Mets will send 16-game winner R.A. Dickey to the mound and MLB odds makers should make the New York Mets a big favorite for that contest. He’ll be going up against Nate Eovaldi, who is just 4-9 on the season with a 4.54 ERA. Opposing batters are hitting .323 against him since the All-Star Break.
Saturday’s matchup will feature Jeremy Hefner against Josh Johnson. Johnson, the Marlins ace, has been a bit of a disappointment this season with a 4.00 ERA. He’s lost four straight decisions but August was a quality month for him as he posted a 3.86 ERA The problem for him is he’s received no run support as the Marlins have scored just five runs for him in his last four outings.
On Sunday, Chris Young and Mark Buehrle will wrap up the series. The Mets are currently two games better than the Marlins in the East standings but that can change over the weekend. We’ll see how inspired both teams are with little to play for.
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