Sunday’s pitching preview: Young vs. Nolasco

Chris Young (4-8, 4.37 ERA) will start for the Mets this afternoon.

Young pitched well in a loss to the Phillies in his last start, allowing three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Young is seeking to win his first game at home this season – he is 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field. Young has allowed eight runs in 9 2/3 innings in two starts against the Marlins this season.

Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.42 ERA) will start for the Marlins this afternoon.

Nolasco took a no-decision in his last start against the Reds, allowing three runs and ten hits in five innings at Marlins Park. He has pitched well in his last four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA with two complete game shutouts. Nolasco is 0-1 with a 5.42 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This can probably be considered a season of recovery for Young. He had major shoulder surgery only last May, and was on a Major League mound a little over a year after the operation. He has had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, and has admittedly battled stamina problems, especially in his first few starts. The one constant for Young has always been there is very little margin for error. With a fastball that lives in the low 80s at the top of the strike zone, he needs to have pinpoint accuracy at the letters or above to be successful. When he falls below the letters he gets into big trouble.