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Lineups: Mets vs. Marlins 7:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (51-44):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (6-4, 2.38 ERA)

Miami Marlins (52-44):

1. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
7. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Jose Fernandez (R) P

SP: Jose Fernandez RHP (11-4, 2.53 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Morning Recap: Mets 5-Marlins 3

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Last night Jeurys Familia had to tip-toe out of trouble to convert his 34th save of the season, as well as his 50th regular season save in a row dating back to August of last season. After a Yoenis Cespedes misplayed a fly ball with the first batter of the inning, Familia danced around danger for the remainder of the ninth inning. Continue reading

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Marlins 7:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (50-44):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
9. Logan Verrett (R) P

SP: Logan Verrett RHP (3-6, 4.21 ERA)

Miami Marlins (52-43):

1. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
2. Miguel Rojas (R) 3B
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
7. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Adam Conley (L) P

SP: Adam Conley LHP (6-5, 3.61 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

METS-MARLINS NOTES: The Mets have won 12 of their last 19 games in Miami…New York is 27-20 vs. the Marlins since 2014.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The Mets are 11-4 on Friday’s, including 6-2 on the road this year…New York’s .733 winning percentage on Friday’s is the second-best in the majors, behind Cleveland (12-3, .800).

AFTER AN OFF DAY: The Mets are 10-1 after a scheduled off day this year and have scored an average of 5 runs in those 11 games.

HOTTER THAN JULY: Wilmer Flores has seven homers this month, tied for the major league lead with Max Kepler and Ryan Schimpf…Flores is hitting .341 (14-41) with 13 RBI in 13 games in July…He is tied for eighth in the NL with 13 RBI this month…Flores has five homers in his last eight games.

DOMINANT PEN: New York’s bullpen is 4-1 with seven saves and a 1.61 ERA (nine earned runs/50.1 innings) since June 30…The pen has a 1.74 ERA in July which ranks second in the majors.

VERRETT VS. MARLINS: Logan Verrett has faced the Marlins twice this season (one start, one relief appearance)…Has not received a decision in either outing…Tossed a combined 8 scoreless innings, struck out seven and walked two.

METS VS. CONLEY: Adam Conley has made three appearances (two starts) in his career against the Mets…He is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA and has struck out 19 and walked 2 in 15.1 innings…Notable numbers against the southpaw are provided below…

  • Neil Walker: .333 (1-3), 2 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .250 (1-4), 1 B, 1 K
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .250 (1-4), 1 BB, 1 K
  • Wilmer Flores: .200 (1-5), 1 2B
  • Juan Lagares: .000 (0-6), 1 K
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .000 (0-7), 5 K

Things to Know: Mets vs. Marlins This Weekend

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The New York Mets and Miami Marlins will do battle this weekend in a critical series that has ramifications on both the NL Wild Card and the NL East Division race. Here are a few things to know ahead of this weekend’s series which begins tonight.

  • The Mets trail the Marlins in the NL East standings by 1.5 games for second place and are 1.5 games behind the Marlins for the final NL Wild Card spot.
  • The Mets hold a 5-4 record against the Marlins this season in nine meetings so far.
  • The Mets are also 2-1 at Marlins Park this season, outscoring the Marlins 12-7.
  • Friday night starter Logan Verrett is 0-0 with a 0.69 ERA in three career games (two starts) against Miami, with 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. All three appearances however occurred at Citi Field.
  • Saturday night starter Jacob deGrom holds a career 1.89 ERA at Marlins Park in 19 innings pitched. It’s his lowest ERA at any visiting ballpark with a minimum of three starts.
  • Yoenis Cespedes holds a .367 average with two home runs and nine RBI’s in 11 games at Marlins Park. It’s his second highest average among any MLB park he’s played at with a minimum of 10 games played.
  • Jose Reyes will play the Marlins for the second time (first time in Miami) since being traded away back in November of 2012. He originally signed a six-year $106 million deal back in December of 2011 with the Marlins that he is currently still playing under.
  • Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has turned into a bonafide Mets killer with 26 HR’s and 58 RBI’s in 83 career games against the Mets.
  • The Mets will face Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Saturday night, who has notoriously stymied them. Fernandez holds a 2-0 record in five career starts with a 1.32 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34 innings.
  • Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki as of today is just four hits shy of the 3,000 hit milestone.
  • The pitching matchups for this weekend are provided below:
  • Friday: RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.21) vs. LHP Adam Conley (6-5, 3.61)
  • Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53)
  • Sunday: LHP Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56) vs. RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 7.52)

Final Recap: Mets 4 – Marlins 2

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The New York Mets (46-38) defeated the Miami Marlins (44-41) by the final score of 4-2 this afternoon at Citi Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_07_06_miamlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_07_06_miamlb_nynmlb_1,game_tab=box,game_state=Wrapup

Game Notes:

  • Wilmer Flores had a huge game today going 2-4 with 2 solo HR’s.
  • Curtis Granderson was 2-4 with an RBI single that scored 2 runs.
  • Jose Reyes was 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
  • Jacob deGrom was solid for 7 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 runs. He walked 2 and struck out 7.
  • Jeurys Famila converted his 30th save of the season.

The Mets won a big game today against the Marlins as they took two of three from a team just inches behind them in the standings.  Wilmer Flores continues to have a big week as he crushed two home runs this afternoon, and he is making a case for Terry Collins to continue to find ways to keep his hot bat in the lineup. Flores was supposed to get the start at first base today and give James Loney a well needed day off, but Asdrubal Cabrera was a late scratch and Flores got the start at third base with Jose Reyes manning shortstop. Cabrera who has been battling a knee injury lately, did not sit out due to his knee issues, but due to a family illness that had kept him up all night. We should expect Cabrera to be back in the lineup tomorrow. 

After debuting 0-5 last night, Jose Reyes seemed more comfortable today as he ripped two doubles down the left-field line and looked good at shortstop today. I’m sure last night he was playing with a whirlwind of emotions and today he seemed to be a bit more settled, especially at the plate. Reyes also tacked on a run after scoring on a Curtis Granderson RBI single. 

Jacob deGrom tip-toed out of danger a few times today and only limited his damage to two solo Giancarlo Stanton home runs. Stanton who seems to be getting white-hot for the Marlins is leaving New York at the right time, as he has homered four times against the Mets in less than 24 hours. It was a solid outing for deGrom who threw a season-high 117 pitches and pitched in his final game before the All Star Break.

The Mets will begin a huge four game series starting tomorrow night against the Washington Nationals. After the Mets recent 6-1 homestand, the Mets have a chance to play for first place again, as crazy as that sounds after last week’s showing against the Nationals. The team has done a complete 180 degree turnaround since last week’s series and it will be interesting to see how the Mets carry their recent home success into this upcoming series. All of us will be watching this series with a very close eye and let’s hope that the Mets are in first place heading into the All Star Break!

  • The Mets and Nationals kick off game one of their four-game set at 7:10 pm et tomorrow night. You can watch tomorrow night’s game on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Age will be on display tomorrow night as the 43-year old Bartolo Colon (7-4, 2.87 ERA) will take on the top prospect in all of baseball in 21-year old Nats right-hander Lucas Giolito (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Final Recap: Marlins 5 – Mets 2

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The Miami Marlins (43-40) defeated the New York Mets (45-37) by the final score of 5-2 tonight at Citi Field. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_07_05_miamlb_nynmlb_1#game=2016_07_05_miamlb_nynmlb_1,game_state=Wrapup,game_tab=box

Game Notes:

  • Steven Matz was handed the loss tonight despite pitching a good game. He went 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6.
  • Erik Goeddel served up a 3-run HR to Giancarlo Stanton in his lone inning of relief.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-3 with a solo HR.
  • Alejandro De Aza had a pinch-hit solo HR.
  • Jose Reyes went 0-4 in his 2016 Mets debut. He received a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat tonight (pictured).

After a historic comeback yesterday afternoon, the Mets bats fell silent tonight against a struggling Marlins starter in Wei-Yin Chen. The Mets couldn’t seem to get anything going offensively as they had only four hits on the night, and two of them were solo home runs. The Mets have traditionally struggled against left-handed pitchers this season, as they have scored the second fewest runs in the Majors against lefties, and manufacturing runs against lefties will be an area that the team will have to improve on as the season goes on. The team actually has a quick turnaround against another left-hander tomorrow afternoon, so let’s hope the offense can kick it into high-gear. 

The Mets were burned by one player tonight in Giancarlo Stanton as he accounted for two home runs and five RBI’s. Steven Matz made one mistake the whole night, and it came at the expense of a 84 mph changeup that Stanton deposited into left-center field in the top of the seventh inning. That two-run home run by Stanton gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead. Stanton also ripped a three-run home run towards left-center field on a Erik Goeddel fastball in the top of the eighth inning. While Stanton has been a dynamic force in Miami’s lineup over the past several seasons, he is having the worst statistical season of his career, and came into tonight hitting .111 over his past seven games. It was a tough break, but the Mets went after Stanton tonight and they paid for it dearly. 

  • The Mets now improve to 5-1 on their midseason defining homestand that continues tomorrow afternoon with a rubber game against the Marlins.First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm et and can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Jacob deGrom (4-4, 2.62 ERA) will look to take the rubber match against Marlins southpaw Justin Nicolino (2-4, 5.34 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Marlins vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Miami Marlins (43-40):

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
  2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
  3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
  4. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
  6. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
  7. Miguel Rojas (R) 2B
  8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
  9. Wei-Yin Chen (R) P

SP: Wei-Yin Chen LHP (4-3, 5.11 ERA)

New York Mets (45-37):

  1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
  4. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
  6. James Loney (L) 1B
  7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
  9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (7-3, 3.40 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

MARLINS-METS NOTES: The Mets have won six straight home season series vs. the Marlins dating to 2010…The Mets are 38- 29 all-time vs. the Fish at Citi Field.

HOMECOOKIN’: The Mets are 5-0 on their season-high 11-game homestand…The Mets are 24-16 at home this year and have won seven consecutive games at Citi Field…The Mets are 34-7 when they score four or more runs.

COMEBACK CITY: The Mets overcame a six-run deficit yesterday… It was tied for the fourth-largest comeback win in team history and first since September 8, 2015 at Washington when they overcame a six-run deficit to win 8-7.

HOT HITTERS: Travis d’Arnaud is batting .448 (13-29) with one home run and seven RBI over his last nine games dating to June 24… In Curtis Granderson’s last five games, he’s batting .438 (7-16) with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored…Brandon Nimmo is 8-for-his-last-28 (.321)…He has four RBI and scored four times in his last five games.

YO MVP: Yoenis Cespedes has hit in eight straight games, going 13-33 (.394) with two homers and five RBI…Has nine RBI in his last 11 home games…Cespedes is hitting .368 (25-68) with four homers, 10 RBI and a .421 OBP over his last 18 games.

FIRST-HALF FAMILIA: Jeurys Familia’s 29 saves prior to the All-Star break are the most in team history…Familia had 27 firsthalf saves last year.

MATZ VS. MARLINS: Has made two career starts against the Marlins…Is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA and has struck out seven and walked four…His 11.57 ERA is his highest ERA against any opponent…Has made one start against the Marlins this season…Took the loss in his first start of the season on April 11…Pitched a career-low 1.2 innings, allowed a career-high seven runs, earned, on six hits…The loss marked his first and only career home defeat.

METS VS. CHEN: The 30-year old left-hander is making the first start of his career against the Mets but notable current Mets hitter’s numbers  against the 30-year old lefty are provided below…

  • Jose Reyes: .444 (4-9), 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • James Loney: .333 (8-24), 2 2B, 1 HR
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .214 (3-14), RBI, 4 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .182 (2-11), 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • Asdrubal Cabrera:.125 (2-16), 1 HR, 2 RBI

Final Recap: Marlins 1 – Mets 0

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The Miami Marlins (30-27) defeated the New York Mets (31-24) this afternoon by the final score of 1-0. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Matt Harvey pitched his second great outing in a row despite getting the loss, going 7 innings while only allowing 1 run on 4 hits. Harvey struck out 3 and walked none.
  • Curtis Granderson was 1-4 with a double.
  • Michael Conforto was 1-3 with a single.
  • James Loney was 1-3 with a single.
  • Mets batters struck out 15 times today, 14 of those strikeouts coming from Jose Fernandez.

The Mets looked completely overmatched this afternoon against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. With the Mets missing many regulars in their lineup, and facing one of the best pitchers in baseball, Fernandez made them look silly all afternoon as he struck out 14 batters. The Mets had one threatening opportunity in the top of the seventh after back-to-back singles from Michael Conforto and James Loney with two outs, but Wilmer Flores went down swinging. It’s tough to get on the Mets offense after they produced the last two games and they were facing Fernandez who was on top of his game today. The offense will look to get back on track tomorrow night in Pittsburgh. 

Matt Harvey had positive results for a second straight outing as he only allowed one run over seven strong innings. No Harvey did not get as many strikeouts as he would’ve liked, but he kept the Marlins hitters off balance and nearly went pitch for pitch with Fernandez on the afternoon. It was certainly a positive result for the Mets in an otherwise ugly affair, but hopefully Harvey continues to build off these past two starts as he is beginning to look like the ace of the staff he has been regarded as for years. 

An injury update from the Mets on Juan Lagares left thumb indicates that Lagares has suffered a sprain in the thumb, and will go back to New York for further testing tomorrow. Lagares wasn’t wearing any sort of protection on his thumb in the dugout during today’s game so it remains to be seen how serious the injury is. Yoenis Cespedes also made a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the eighth and flew out to right field. Cespedes should be back in the lineup tomorrow against Pittsburgh. 

  • The Mets will now head to Pittsburgh to open up a three game series against the Pirates beginning tomorrow evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm et. and can be seen on SNY.
  • Lefty Steven Matz (7-1, 2.60 ERA) will look to build off his successful month of May when he faces former longtime Mets southpaw Jon Niese (5-2, 4.36 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Marlins 1:10 pm et.

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New York Mets (31-23):

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Michael Conforto (L) LF
6. James Loney (L) 1B
7. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP (4-7, 5.37 ERA)

Miami Marlins (29-27):

1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
5. Justin Bour (L) 1B
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
9. Jose Fernandez (R) P

SP: Jose Fernandez RHP (8-2, 2.53 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

METS-MARLINS NOTES: The Mets have won 12 of their last 18 games in Miami…New York is 25-18 vs. the Marlins since 2014…New York has won the first two games of this series and will look for its first three-game sweep of the Marlins since August 3-5, 2015 in Miami.

DAY GAMES: New York is 13-5 in day games this year, including 6-2 on the road…The 13 wins during the day are tied for the second-most in the majors, behind the Cubs (19).

THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Matt Harvey tossed 7 shutout innings, allowed just two hits and struck out six in his last start on May 30 vs. the White Sox…Harvey is 2-2 with a 3.48 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Marlins and 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four career starts in Miami.

FOUR OR MORE: The Mets are 22-5 when they score four or more runs and 8-18 when they score three or fewer.

FAMILIA RESULTS EVERY TIME: Jeurys Familia has 18 saves, tied for the most in the majors… Is 18-18 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has saved 34 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is the second-longest active streak in the major leagues (Arizona’s Brad Ziegler has saved 38 straight opportunities)…His 18 consecutive saves to open the season is the second-longest streak to open a season in franchise history (Armando Benitez holds the team record at 24 saves in 2001).

ON BASE STREAKS: Asdrubal Cabrera has reached base safely in 15 straight games, compiling a .328 on-base percentage during that span… His career-high is a 16-game streak from May 5-23, 2011..Neil Walker has reached base safely in his last 16 games… Walker has a .455 on-base percentage during that stretch.

METS VS. FERNANDEZ: Jose Fernandez is 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA (five earned runs/27.0 innings) in five career starts vs. New York…He has struck out 32 and walked 5 batters…Notable Mets career numbers against Fernandez are posted below…

  • James Loney: .500 (2-4), 1 BB, 1 K
  • Neil Walker: .286 (2-7), 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .200 (1-5), 1 2B, 2 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .500 (1-2), 1 2B, 1 BB
  • Michael Conforto: .000 (0-1), 1 BB

Final Recap: Mets 6 – Marlins 4

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The New York Mets (31-23) defeated the Miami Marlins (29-27) by the final score of 6-4 this afternoon at Marlins Park. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • James Loney was 3-5 with an RBI single.
  • Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single.
  • Matt Reynolds had a pinch hit RBI single to put the Mets ahead in the top of the eighth.
  • Alejandro De Aza was 1-2 with with a 2-run RBI double.
  • Wilmer Flores was 3-4 with a run scored.
  • Bartolo Colon went 5 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits. He struck out a batter and also walked a batter.
  • Jeurys Familia is now 18-18 in save chances as he closed out the ninth inning despite giving up a run.

It was a weird day in Miami that began with Yoenis Cespedes being a last minute scratch from the lineup with a sore right hip. Michael Conforto ended up replacing him and batting seventh. Juan Lagares seemed to injure his left thumb after he made a fantastic diving catch in center field, in the bottom of the sixth inning off the bat of Ichiro. There were runners on second and third base, and with the Marlins up a run he essentially saved the game for the Mets. Lagares was removed from the game and replaced by Alejandro de Aza. Asdrubal Cabrera’s hand also cramped up on a check swing in the top of the eighth inning and was checked out by a trainer but remained in the game. Terry Collins stated after the game that there wasn’t a doctor in Miami to check out all three of their injuries so it is a situation that bears monitoring. 

Adding to the weirdness Kevin Plawecki had a game to forget. Plawecki was not standing on home plate when Wilmer Flores had thrown a ball in his direction at home plate in the bottom of the second inning for a force out with the bases loaded, which led to a Marlins run. In the top of the third after hitting a double, Plawecki was quickly picked off of second base by Marlins pitcher Justin Nicolino. It doesn’t help either that Plawecki left runners in scoring position twice this afternoon.  It was a disappointing day for Plawecki as Rene Rivera is making a case for more playing time. 

On to the positives! The Mets bottom-half of the lineup did the majority of the damage today, but it was a true team effort to win this afternoon’s contest. James Loney and Wilmer Flores each look settled in at their positions and it is showing in the batters box as they each had three hits today. The Mets belted out 15 hits today which tied a season high, and got contributions from everyone in the lineup. Matt Reynolds picked up his first career RBI with a clutch go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, to put the Mets ahead for good. Alejandro De Aza also provided the insurance runs with a 2-run RBI double in the top of the ninth to give the Mets a 3-run lead. Bartolo Colon  gutted out a solid performance this afternoon when he clearly didn’t have his best stuff on the mound, but did just enough to keep the Mets in today’s ball game. Colon also had a single at the plate which improved the Mets record to 10-2 when Big Sexy has a hit! The Mets now only sit a game behind the Washington Nationals in the standings with today’s win!

  • The Mets will go for the sweep of the Fish tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY.
  • Matt Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) will look to build off his last start which was his best start of the season, against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53 ERA).