National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, May 12th (All times Eastern)
New York Mets (18-14) at Miami Marlins (17-15), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - R.A. Dickey (4-1, 3.76) Miami - Ricky Nolasco (4-0, 2.72)
(Sports Network) - Ricky Nolasco can etch his name into the Marlins' record books with a win this afternoon, but first must get through a New York Mets club that has given him some trouble in the past.
Nolasco will take the mound for Miami today in the second test of a three-game series with the Mets and is one win away from becoming the franchise's all- time leader in wins. He tied Dontrelle Willis for the team lead with his 68th career victory in Sunday's 6-3 triumph at San Diego, as he delivered seven innings of two-run ball.
The right-hander has won back-to-back starts and improved to 4-0 in six outings, while lowering his earned run average to 2.72. Nolasco is 1-0 in two home starts this season and will face the Mets for the second time since April 26. He did not record a decision in that 3-2 loss in Flushing, NY and held the Mets to a run through seven frames. He is 5-7 with a 5.03 ERA in 22 career games (20 starts) in this series.
Miami was able to get by New York last night with a 6-5 win, as RBI singles by Emilio Bonifacio and Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the ninth sealed the victory. Austin Kearns highlighted a three-run first inning with a two-run homer and Omar Infante ended 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
"There is nothing to describe that kind of feeling, when you can have one swing of the bat, and a little bloop hit brings 31,000 people to their feet and makes them scream and clap," Dobbs said of his game-winning hit. "You feel the love, you feel the happiness in the building. It's special. It's extremely special."
Giancarlo Stanton and Bonifacio had two hits apiece for Miami, which has been impressive this month with a 9-1 record and opened a five-game homestand on a positive note. Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first win in a Marlins uniform and Mark Buehrle allowed a pair of runs and eight hits over the first 6 2/3 innings.
New York entered Friday's series opener riding a five-game winning streak, but couldn't pull one out in south Florida. Johan Santana got the start and did not record a decision with six innings of three-run ball. Frank Francisco was dealt the loss for allowing both runs in the bottom of the ninth.
"You only can control where you throw the ball," Francisco said of Dobbs' game-winning hit. "You cannot control the results. I thought I made a good pitch. I jammed him. But it ended up in the right spot."
Mike Baxter had two RBI, Ike Davis added a solo homer and both Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Nickeas knocked in a run in defeat.
Knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey will take the hill for New York today and he is coming off eight strong innings of one-run ball in Sunday's 3-1 win over Arizona. Dickey did not allow a home run for the first time this season and pushed his 2012 mark to 4-1 in six starts with a 3.76 earned run average.
Dickey, a right-hander, defeated the Marlins on April 25, when he held them to a run and three hits over seven innings with a season high-tying seven K's. He is 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 10 career games (8 starts) against the Marlins.
New York swept a three-game series with Miami from April 24-26 and had won five straight in the series before last night's loss.
05/12 10:52:13 ET