Mets-Marlins: Rubber Match at Citi Field

John ZimmermanContributor IMay 31, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  John Maine #33 of the New York Mets pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

After a dramatic 11th inning walk-off single by a rookie, then a disappointing outing by Tim Redding, NL East foes New York and Florida will play the rubber match of their three-game series at Citi Field today.

For the Marlins, Chris Volstad will take the mound fresh off a victory against the Phillies in which he worked six-and-two-thirds innings in a key win. The sinker ball pitcher has improved his curveball dramatically, which is something the Mets shouldn't be happy to hear.

Volstad's last appearance against the Mets came in September of 2008, when he threw six scoreless innings at the old Shea Stadium.

Volstad's Achilles heel is the long ball. He's allowed six home runs in his last four starts, so let's see if the Mets can connect on some big hits.

John Maine will be taking the hill today for the Mets—and probably the Mets' best bet, too. Maine is 4-1 during his career and 1-0 this season against the Fish. He's surrendered only three hits and allowed two runs during his 11 innings of work against Florida this season.

Maine is coming off one of his best outings this season. He allowed one run on four hits while sitting down four Nationals in a 5-2 victory. If he pitches the way he's capable, and with his former success against Florida, the Mets should be in good position to pick up a big win.