By: Stache Staff

Pre-Game: Mets (62-70) @ Marlins (59-73)


Jeremy Hefner takes the mound for the Mets after an 8 inning performance against Houston his last time out

The Mets look to win yet another series if you can believe it when they take on the Miami Marlins this evening at Marlins Park in Miami at 7:00 p.m. The Mets send Jeremy Hefner to the hill, and while the Mets send a back of the rotation guy to the hill, the Marlins counter with ace Josh Johnson.

Since today is September 1st, the Major League roster limit expands from 25 to 40. The Mets made two minor moves just to add depth as they recalled catcher Mike Nickeas and infielder Zach Lutz from AAA-Buffalo. The Marlins have not yet announced any recalls from AAA-New Orleans just yet. That may change by game time.

Today’s game can be seen on SNY after two straight weekends of nothing but blank screens on PIX11 during Mets games with my Cablevision subscription. The game can also be heard on Sports Radio 66 WFAN.


Mets Lineup





 Ruben Tejada is 2-for-7 with in his brief career against the Marlins’ ace, followed by Daniel Murphy who is 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles. David Wright has seen Johnson the most and is 8-for-35 in his career against the right-hander with three RBI. Jason Bay had the best career numbers off of Johnson as he is 5-for-12 with a triple, a home run and two RBI.

Marlins Lineup





 Only three players have ever faced Hefner before and all three are 0-for-1 in their careers. Jose Reyes, Carlos Lee and Giancarlo Stanton have all been retired by Hefner, while Justin Ruggiano has a walk in one plate appearance against the Mets right-hander.


Pitching Matchup

Jeremy Hefner (2-5; 4.65 ERA) Hefner is coming off his best Major League outing of his rookie season with the Mets after tossing eight innings of one run ball against the Astros back on the last homestand at Citi Field. Before that however, Hefner allowed five earned runs in a five inning outing against the Nationals.

Josh Johnson (7-11; 4.00 ERA) Johnson is coming off one of his worst professional outings after a three inning performance against the Dodgers and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In that game, Johnson allowed six runs while walking one and striking out three Los Angeles batters.

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