At 7:10 pm, our complimentary selection is on the New York Mets and Florida Marlins ‘over’ the total. It seems like it’s a case of one step forward, one step backward for the Mets right now. That may actually be an improvement over what we were seeing from this team in the beginning of the month when it was more like one step forward and three or four steps backward. At least they have shown a game or two recently where they can score more than two runs. In the Pittsburgh series, they actually scored 12 runs in the first two games but then reverted back to the anemic Mets in the third game of the series. And they did a bit of the same in the second game of this series after scoring six in the opener. Tonight they are sending a lefthander to the mound in Jon Niese and while that may seem like a good thing based on Niese’s last outing, it could actually prove to be a bit of a problem against the Marlins, who are currently the second-best hitting team vs. southpaws in the National League, ahead of the Cardinals, Reds, and Phillies in that category. If there’s some good news for the Mets (other than the fact that they can actually send more than two runs across the plate lately), it’s that they will be facing righthander Anibal Sanchez, who has had his troubles against this team in the past. Sanchez is just 3-4 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in eight career starts against New York. While the Mets lost yet another game on Wednesday night, at least they made it interesting scoring a fourth run in the bottom of the ninth before finally going down. The team is showing signs of life, even if it’s too late in the season to really help them much. Take the ‘over.’ As always, good luck…Al McMordie.
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