New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins game preview

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Aug 9, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (1) celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A much-needed win was picked up by the New York Mets in their last two games, both of which were Wednesday. The team had a day off to gain some rest yesterday. Now, they head into a three-game series on the road in Miami against a division opponent in the 56-80 Marlins.

The Mets enter this series with an 87-51 record. They have a half-game lead in the division on the Atlanta Braves, who are 86-51. With the Braves’ upcoming series on the road in Seattle with a good 77-60 Mariners team, hopefully, the Mets can get some help.

This Mets team has had a wonderful year in 2022 as they are 36 games over .500 in September. That being said, with World Series expectations, the goal starts with winning the division.

With yet another series against a bottom-10 team in Major League Baseball, the Mets need to take this series or possibly sweep it. It starts with winning tonight.

Mets will count on David Peterson once again:

All year, David Peterson has provided the Mets rotation with some incredible depth. Tonight, the Mets need him to continue his stellar pitching.

Peterson enters this one with a 7-3 record and a 3.32 ERA. In two of his last four starts, Peterson has not given up a run in over five innings pitched.

The Mets will be going up against Edward Cabrera in this Friday night matchup. Cabrera enters this one with a 4-2 record and a 2.39 ERA in nine starts. The thing with Cabrera has been inconsistency.

In two of his starts, he allowed five runs or more in six or fewer innings pitched. On the other hand, he has five scoreless starts this year, with four straight in August. In his other two starts, Cabrera allowed just one run. So, for the most part, Cabrera has been very good.

It will be a good challenge for the Mets lineup after two terrific games Wednesday in which they totaled 27 hits. Continued success is needed from the most important hitters in, Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Brandon Nimmo.

With Cabrera being a right-hander, expect Daniel Vogelbach and Tyler Naquin in the lineup tonight. The two trade deadline additions to the lineup had big, needed games Wednesday for the Mets and have to replicate that down the stretch.

To round things out, Eduardo Escobar has been awesome as of late at the plate. The Mets could certainly use his continued success. Mark Canha has arguably been at his best over the last three weeks. With Starling Marte’s recent finger injury, Canha will have to keep it up. James McCann has hit the ball better recently too.

Coming off a day of rest, the first game of this series should be one that the Mets win.

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