video thumbnail

ATL@MIA: Eovaldi goes seven innings, allows one run

The Marlins promise to bring the heat against the Mets on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Nathan Eovaldi, according to, boosts the second highest fastball velocity among all starting pitchers. The right-hander is averaging 96 mph with his fastball. Only Kansas City's Yordano Ventura, who is bringing it at 96.7 mph, is faster.

The Mets are countering with a lefty who actually has excelled in chilly conditions.

Left-hander Jon Niese is coming off a strong performance in terrible weather at Philadelphia. On a rainy 46-degree day, Niese picked up a win, limiting the Phillies to one run in seven innings.

"He's done a tremendous job the way he's handled this inclement weather -- not just the cold, but the wet, soft mounds," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He went out and pitched another great game."

Expect ideal conditions at Marlins Park, which has a retractable roof.

The Marlins have been hot during their homestand, taking five of six from the Braves and Dodgers.

Now they'll look to keep in rolling against the Mets, a team they lost two of three to at Citi Field from April 25-27.

Eovaldi didn't pitch in that series. But the right-hander has been impressive this season, posting a 2.58 ERA.

"Command of the fastball," Eovaldi said. "Everything works off the fastball -- moving it inside and out, then the slider. The changeup has been feeling a lot better. I've been throwing it to the righties a few times. It's really the consistency of the fastball, and my offspeed comes with that."

Marlins: Stanton staying strong

No ballpark can contain Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who blasted two homers on Sunday against the Dodgers at Marlins Park. Stanton now has 10 on the season, and enjoyed his 11th career multi-homer game, and second of the season. He also hit two in a game on April 12 at Philadelphia.

Stanton has played in every game, but he could sit out once before the club heads to the West Coast next week. Manager Mike Redmond has hinted that Stanton could be given Wednesday off, the series finale with New York.

The 24-year-old slugger is batting .389 with two homers in his career off Niese.

Mets: Starters looking to rebound

Mets starters had pitched at least five innings in each of their 26 games entering their series at Colorado.

But Bartolo Colon pitched 4 2/3 innings on Thursday, and Zack Wheeler threw four innings on Friday. Jenrry Mejia threw 4 1/3 innings on Saturday.

With the starters having shorter outings, it has put a drain on the bullpen

The Mets will look to regroup at Miami.

Collins said the key guys in the bullpen should be good to go for the series at Marlins Park.

Worth noting
David Wright has enjoyed good success throughout his career against the Marlins, batting .318 lifetime against them with 24 home runs and 106 RBIs.

Daniel Murphy is 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles in his career against Eovaldi.

Miami's Steve Cishek had his team-record streak of consecutive saves snapped at 33 against the Mets on April 25 at Citi Field. Comments