National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, October 1st
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (73-86) at Miami Marlins (67-92), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jeurys Familia (0-0, 8.64)
Miami - Josh Johnson (8-14, 3.81)
(Sports Network) - Dominican righty Jeurys Familia makes the first start of
his brief major-league career Monday when the New York Mets open a three-game
series with the Miami Marlins.
Familia, who'll turn 23 next week, made seven appearances with the Mets after
a promotion to the big leagues in September, coming in out of the bullpen each
He held opponents scoreless in four of the seven outings and allowed a single
run in one other game and two in another, combining to allow three runs on six
hits in 7 2/3 innings - outside of one difficult meeting with the Philadelphia
In that game, on Sept. 20, Familia was tagged for five runs in just two-thirds
of an inning of a 16-1 loss.
Familia began the season with 28 starts at Triple-A Buffalo and was 9-9 with a
4.73 earned run average in 137 innings.
He has never faced the Marlins.
He's opposed by right-hander Josh Johnson, who faces the Mets for the 18th
time in his career.
The 28-year-old from Minneapolis is 8-2 in the previous 17 games, including an
eight-inning stint on Sept. 1 in which he held New York to just a run on three
hits in a no-decision.
The Mets won the game, 5-3.
Johnson won his subsequent start against Milwaukee on Sept. 6, but has dropped
his last three in a row while allowing 13 hits and nine runs in 19 innings
against Philadelphia and Atlanta (twice).
The Marlins are just 2-8 in Johnson's last 10 starts.
On Sunday in Atlanta, David Ross provided all the necessary offense with a
three-run homer for the Braves in a 6-2 defeat of the Mets.
Coming off his first career win, New York starter Jenrry Mejia (1-2) was
unable to duplicate his last outing. He lasted five innings and surrendered
four runs on six hits with two walks. He struck out three in the loss.
In Miami, Cole Hamels allowed one run over seven innings to guide the Phillies
to a 4-1 win over the Marlins in the finale of a three-game set.
Nathan Eovaldi (4-13) allowed three runs on six hits and struck out seven over
six innings to absorb the loss.
"My last two or three starts I have been striking out more guys, I think it is
the mix (of pitches) I have been using," Eovaldi said.
Carlos Lee knocked in the lone run for the Marlins, who have dropped 11 of
their last 13.
The Mets won 11 of the initial 15 games between the teams in 2012, including
the last seven in a row since they dropped a 13-0 decision in New York on Aug.
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