Miami (3-2) at NY Mets (2-3)
When: Sunday, April 9th 2017
Where: Citi Field, Queens, NY
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Miami Marlins will look for their fourth consecutive victory and three-game sweep of the New York Mets when they take the field for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. The task won’t be easy as the Marlins go up against Noah Syndergaard, who has not lost to Miami in three career starts and has struck out 29 to only two walks. The Mets will need a big outing from Syndergaard after the Marlins battered New York pitching for the second night in a row in Saturday’s 8-1 victory, a game in which New York had to use six relievers. Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto continued his hot start to the season, going 3-for-6 with a run scored and two RBIs from the leadoff spot. Realmuto is now hitting .556 and has multi-hit performances in all four games he has played this season. Center fielder Marcel Ozuna is 5-for-8 in the series with three RBIs and hit his first homer of the season Saturday to raise his average to .429. Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton finished 3-for-4 with three singles and a RBI Saturday and has at least one hit in his past five games at Citi Field. New York 2B Neil Walker struck out a career-high four times Saturday and is hitting just .150 on the season.
Pitchers: Marlins – Edinson Volquez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) | Mets – Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 0.00)
Edinson Volquez will get his second start after he pitched well in his Marlins debut on opening day Monday. Volquez struck out six while scattering four hits in five shutout innings at Washington, but received a no-decision. He threw 51 of his 82 pitches for strikes in facing four above the minimum through five innings. Volquez gave up two hits in six shutout innings to win his only start against New York last season, and is 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mets.
Syndergaard got off to a great start on opening day Monday against Atlanta, striking out seven with no walks in six shutout innings, proving why he’s one of the favorites for NL Cy Young this year. He left the game with a blister on his right middle finger, and the Mets slid him back one day to Sunday as a precaution. Syndergaard has walked just four hitters in five career April starts, going 2-0 with 45 strikeouts.
Syndergaard is just what the doctor ordered for New York. They need to slow down the Marlins bats and give the bullpen a break. Miami hasn’t proven they can hit him at all so far in his young career and I don’t expect them to start tonight. Look for New York to have the hot bats tonight.
Pick: Mets -1.5 +110
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