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Sound Smart: 5 things to know before tonight’s Mets-Marlins game

1) The Mets are two games over .500 for the first time since April 2013.


2) Zack Wheeler is 2-5 with a 4.68 ERA in 10 starts at Citi Field. He starts Friday against the Marlins.


3) Scott Rice has retired 10 of the last 11 batters he’s faced and stranded 13 of 15 inherited runners.


4) The Mets have won four straight home season series against the Marlins dating back to 2010.


5) Mets catchers have combined to allow five stolen bases this year, the fewest in the major leagues.




29 comments
Kenneth Kowalsky
Kenneth Kowalsky

"Mets catchers have combined to allow five stolen bases this year, the fewest in the major leagues"


(Facepalm) Doesn't the person who wrote this know that base runners do not steal on the catcher, but rather on the pitcher. Hell, practically every Little League player knows this.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Hilarious. Folks here are either down on Wheeler or waiting for results, yet they give d'Arnaud a pass even though he's been awful.

tbone1
tbone1

Hay guy and Gals, the season is is only 21/2 weeks old . its still a VERYYYYY long season

thwacker
thwacker

On MLB Network - Mets have the lowest BA and OPS in the NL; 11th in team ERA. The "experts" don't believe in the Mets - love to make them eat it!

Haig Mathosian
Haig Mathosian

Wheeler hasnt convinced me yet.......toughen up, or you're out

xplr
xplr

Lets Go Mets!  Looking for a sweep

Tyler Della Badia
Tyler Della Badia

I feel like all of Rice's one-batter appearances have been all luck.  Scared to see him go a full inning

eavdr10
eavdr10

Anybody else ready for game time? Would love to see Wheeler have a BIG day!! Wanna see him separate himself from the pack!!

Leif Granlind
Leif Granlind

Hope we can steal at least one game this weekend.

Ricky Tan
Ricky Tan

Over/under on Stanton home runs?

AJD
AJD

Nevermind....got it now.

eavdr10
eavdr10

@thwacker truth is if the Mets numbers continue to rank there they will not be a good team. I'm glad we are where we are, but we MUST get better

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Haig Mathosian Out of what? 

Give me a break, he's a young kid trying to learn his spot here and showing tremendous strides without even getting hot yet.  The walk rate has been much better, the good outings will come.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

@eavdr10 I know a bunch of people are not real high on Wheeler but I like him a lot.....its not often pitchers come up like Harvey and dominate from the start.....they usually take a season or two to get their feet wet....for Wheeler to be still in that stage Im happy with what I'm seeing....I think he will get better control in the future and I think he will become a solid pitcher with 15+ Win potential every season

Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons

Steal one game? Is that a real statement?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@mikesml  Are the Mets good enough that we fans should presume a sweep over any other team in baseball?  Let's try not to let 2 games over .500 go to our heads....

niesesnose
niesesnose

Those numbers for the pitching staff are inflated by the blowup game in Anaheim. Right now, the staff has a 3.6 ERA with a 3.8 xFIP, so the stats would say that regression doesn't really seem likely- The staff is really as good as they've pitched so far. Offensively, TDA will produce more, as will Wright and Lagares obviously will improve the offense when he gets back. Grandy can't get any worse. So the offense will improve and the pitching will likely stay where it is right now. Pretty good

niesesnose
niesesnose

He's also faced good lineups 3 out of his 4 starts. Outside of one bad inning per start, he's been good. He's also has a .340 BABIP against, which is completely unsustainable. He's been unlucky

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@William Bonilla @eavdr10 I think Wheeler will become a 15-16 game winner pitch 200 innings and strike out about 170-180  maybe a lot like Ron Darling... but not a Harvey.

Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons

He's saying the marlins will sweep us..I'm not understanding all the negativity