By Brad Carroll
Not even an injury to David Wright can dampen the excitement surrounding the New York Mets early this season. Fresh off a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets have pulled into a tie for first place in the NL East with the Atlanta Braves, with an undefeated record at Citi Field and a 6-3 mark overall. It's no wonder Mets fans are already thinking big.
Next up on the schedule is a four-game series with the Miami Marlins at home, starting Thursday night. Here is our in-depth look at the matchup.
Miami Marlins (3-6, tied for 3rd place NL East)
at New York Mets (6-3, tied for 1st place NL East)
Thursday, 7:10 p.m.
Jarred Cosart (0-1, 1.50) vs. Dillon Gee (0-1, 9.00)
Friday, 7:10 p.m.
David Phelps (0-0, 36.00) vs. Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77)
Saturday, 7:10 p.m.
Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36) vs. Jacob deGrom (1-1, 1.46)
Sunday, 1:10 p.m.
Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.18) vs. Matt Harvey (2-0, 2.25)
The Mets have all the momentum in the world right now, winning four straight games and coming off a three-game sweep of the Phillies in their first homestand of the year. Even the Mets organization is on a roll, setting up Harvey to pitch the second home game of the year instead of the opener, which resulted in nearly 40,000 fans packing Citi Field for his start. In contrast, Wednesday's series finale had just 21,052 fans. Everything is working for the Mets right now. The Marlins have a winning streak of their own, beating the Braves in consecutive games to win the three-game series. The pair of victories for Miami was huge, as the Marlins had started the season with just one win in their first seven games.
Three Mets Storylines
1. It hasn't been all good for the Mets, as third baseman David Wright was put on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained hamstring. Wright was playing well before the injury, hitting .333 with a homer and four RBI in eight games. He had five hits in his last 12 at bats. But the Mets will have to get along without him for the next two weeks. His replacement, Eric Campbell, flew in from Las Vegas Wednesday morning and went 1-for-5 with a run scored later that day.
2. Matt Harvey Day is back in full force and the Mets ace hasn't disappointed in his two starts this season. Harvey allowed no runs on four hits, striking out nine, in six innings against the Nationals last week, and let up three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in beating the Phillies Tuesday. Harvey pitches again in the series finale against Miami Sunday afternoon.
3. Another ripple of the Wright injury was catcher Travis d'Arnaud moving up to second in the lineup. It might have been risky considering d'Arnaud was off to a fast start this season, as he was batting .308 with a double, triple and seven RBI in seven games. But d'Arnaud was happy with the move to No. 2 and went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in his first game in the spot Wednesday.
Three Marlins To Know
1. The one Marlin you have to know is Giancarlo Stanton, who at just 25 years old is considered one of the best players in baseball. He was in the conversation for NL MVP last year until he got hit in the face with a pitch against the Brewers, ending his season in mid-September. Stanton had 31 doubles, 37 home runs and 105 RBI before the injury. This year, Stanton has started slowly, batting .200 with no homers in nine games. He does have seven RBI.
2. Dee Gordon, the former Dodgers second baseman, is off to a strong start with his new team, hitting .378 with three doubles, a triple and six RBI in nine games. He's scored seven runs and has stolen six bases. He has a four-game hit streak, going 8-for-16 over that span. Gordon's speed can be a game-changer.
3. Remember Ichiro Suzuki? Well, he's with the Marlins now as a reserve outfielder. He has just three hits in 16 at-bats so far, but seeing Suzuki in a different uniform than his well-known stops in Seattle and the Bronx will be interesting, if not strange.
The Mets finish off their 10-game homestand with three games against the Braves.