Wednesday’s pitching preview: Young vs. Eovaldi

Chris Young (3-5, 4.22 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Young is coming off a strong start against the Giants in which he allowed a run on four hits in seven innings to win for the third time this season. Young has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his 11 starts and has issued 2.4 walks per nine innings this year. Young has dominated the Marlins in his career, going 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three starts against them.

Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66 ERA) will start for the Marlins tonight.

Eovaldi was acquired by the Marlins from the Dodgers in exchange for Hanley Ramirez, and he’s allowed seven runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts since joining Miami in late July. Eovaldi has made two starts against the Mets this season – one good one at Citi Field in July and one bad one at Dodger Stadium in late June. Those are the only two starts Eovaldi has ever made against the Mets, and he’s pitched to a 5.59 ERA in 9 2/3 innings in those two games.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The requirement that Young remains in the top part of the strike zone goes without saying at this point – if he falls below the belt, he becomes terribly hittable. The issue with Young going forward will be his stamina and how he and his shoulder hold up for the remainder of the season. He has made 11 starts this season which is already more than he made in 2010 and 2011 combined, and he’s approaching his total for 2009 (14). Young has admitted he is still working his way back, and Terry Collins has said recently he intends to find an extra day of rest at times for Young as they head down the stretch.