Florida Marlins Vs. New York Mets Preview: Marlins to Play Young Talent

John Anthony PendasContributor IAugust 24, 2010

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JUNE 30:  Alex Cora #13 of the New York Mets is late with the tag as Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins steals second base during their game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on June 30, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Al Bello/Getty Images

The Florida Marlins (62-61) begin a six-game road trip in Citi Field against the New York Mets (62-62).

The Marlins come in having won five of six and send their ace Josh Johnson to the mound. The Mets counter with knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey, who has been a pleasant surprise.

Johnson is coming off a good outing where he pitched eight innings of two-run baseball against the Pirates. That isn't saying much, but it's a great sign to see him bounce back from his worst outing of the year against the Reds.

The remainder of the season will be spent evaluating young talent. With Cody Ross heading to the Giants in a waiver claim, expect Cameron Maybin to be called up to the majors.

This will be Maybin's last opportunity to demonstrate his worth to the front office. Who would've thought that the best prospect the Marlins received in return for Miguel Cabrera would be "the hopper" Burke Badenhop, Marlins long reliever?

In the end, the rest of the season will be a showcase for the Marlins' young talent. If I were the Marlins organization, I would send a clear message to the fanbase by signing our best player this year—"and his name is Dan Uggla!"

For a more in-depth preview of the series, check out an article written by fellow Bleacher Report writer Frank Gray, editor of the Mets Gazette. He's an excellent writer and colleague and should be your primary source for anything Met-related.

The article is a must read and features yours truly in a five-question interview.