1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Martin Prado (R) 3B
6. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Jarred Cosart (R) P
SP: Jarred Cosart RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY & ESPN.
VS. MIAMI: The Mets close out their opening homestand with three games vs. the Marlins…The Mets are 22-16 vs. Miami the last two years, including going 11-8 in 2015…New York has won six straight home season series vs. the Marlins dating to 2010…The Mets are 37-27 all-time vs. Miami at Citi Field, including going 24-13 since 2012.
STEVEN MATZ: Is making his 2016 regular season debut…Went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA (nine earned runs/35.2 innings) in six starts in 2015…New York is 5-1 when he starts…No Mets pitcher has ever won his first career five decisions…Matz and Jason Jacome were the only two pitchers in team history to win four of their first five career games…Matz became the first pitcher in franchise history to allow two runs or fewer in each of his first five career starts…He was the third pitcher since 1901 to finish 4-0 or better after making at least six starts…Also done by Kirk Reuter (8-0, 1993 with Montreal) and Pat Combs (4-0, 1989 with Philadelphia).
MATZ VS. THE FISH: Matz is making his second career start against Miami…It will be his first start against the Marlins at Citi Field…On September 6, 2015, Matz returned from the Disabled List to face Miami at Marlins Park…Received a no-decision in the Mets’ 4-3 loss…Tossed 5.1 innings, allowed two runs, earned, on four hits…Struck out six and walked two.
JIM HENDERSON: Struck out the side yesterday vs. Philadelphia…Henderson has thrown 3.0 perfect innings this season with seven strikeouts…He is tied for fifth in the majors with two holds…Prior to this season, Henderson’s last major league appearance was May 1, 2014…He became the eighth Canadian-born player to appear in a game for the Mets.
DAVID WRIGHT: After going 0-4 on Opening Day, Wright is hitting .364 (4-11) with two doubles, three walks and two runs scored…He has reached base safely in 14 straight games dating to September 20, 2015…He has a .397 on-base percentage during that span…Wright has 121 career RBI vs. the Marlins, his most vs. any team…He is also hitting .327 (228-697) in 178 career games vs. Miami.
FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Mets are 1-0 when they score four or more runs this year and 1-3 when they plate three runs or less…The Mets were 70-12 (.854) when scoring four or more runs last year…The .854 winning percentage was the best in the majors.
WHERE IS THE OFFENSE: The Mets are hitting .180 after five games, ranking last in the majors…New York has scored 14 runs, ranking 28th in the majors.
METS PITCHING: The Mets lead the NL and rank second in the majors with a 2.05 ERA…Baltimore is first with a 1.80 ERA.
BULLPEN FLEXING ITS MUSCLES: Has allowed two earned runs in 14.1 innings this season…The pen’s 1.26 ERA is the second-best in the majors…The Yankees are first (1.04 ERA)…Mets relievers have issued two walks and struck out 16.
GOLD GLOVE PRESENTATION: Prior to tonight’s game, Yoenis Cespedes will be presented with his 2015 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award…Cespedes led all AL leftfielders with 11 defensive runs saved and a 15 Ultimate Zone Rating and finished second with nine outfield assists last season…Since making his debut in 2012, Cespedes’ 48 outfield assists, including four with the Mets, are the most in the majors during that span.
METS VS. COSART: Cosart has a record of 0-0 in 4 games started in his career against the Mets… He holds a 3.00 ERA in 24 innings pitched with a 15/7 strikeout to walk ratio…Notable Mets numbers against Cosart are provided below…
- Wilmer Flores: .400 (4-10, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
- Yoenis Cespedes: .333 (2-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .333 (3-9, 2 3B, 3 RBI)
- Michael Conforto: 1.o00 (2-2, 2 2B)
- Juan Lagares: .429 (3-7, 1 BB, 1 K)