Game 2 Preview: Marlins at Mets, 7:10 PM


STARTING PITCHERS:
Jon Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 1.68 K/BB): The night after smacking a pinch-hit triple, Niese will take the hill against the Marlins. While the young southpaw he did have a stretch of four starts in-a-row where he did not give up more than three runs per, he did also sport a 1.52 WHIP and 1.16 K/BB during that period. Essentially, Niese has to limit the baserunners in order to achieve some consistency. (Career vs. Marlins: .167/.231/.208 line with a 2.57 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB)

Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.02 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 4.89 K/BB): At age 28, it looks as though Nolasco has finally put all his talent pieces together. His 1.5 BB/9 is his best career control peripheral, and the righty’s hits/9 is a whole point below his career average. The only partial red flag has been his steep decline in K/9 (from 8.4 in 2010 to 7.4 currently). His dominance is still present, as Nolasco did strike-out eleven batters against the Nationals, so 2011 might finally be the season where Nolasco emerges as a legitimate ace. (Career vs. Mets: .291/.333/.460 line with a 5.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.26 K/BB)

BATTING LINEUPS:

Marlins: TBD…

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