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Pelfrey faces young Marlins in Miami

New York (63-41) at Florida (49-56), Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET


After sending an emphatic message to the Braves with a convincing three-game sweep, the Mets are ready to continue rolling as they open a three-game set with the Marlins on Tuesday night in Miami.

"There's a lot of season left to play," said Carlos Beltran, who is coming off a series in which he hit four home runs and had 12 RBIs. "We look forward as a team to winning as many games as we can and just to improve. We're going to go every single day to play to win. We need to go keep ourselves focused and go win ballgames."


Florida is closer to the Mets in the standings than the Braves are, though the word "closer" should be used loosely, since there is still a daunting 14 1/2-game gap between the two clubs. And with six wins in their last seven road games, the Mets still have the second-most road wins -- 33 -- of any club in the Majors.


Mike Pelfrey will be making his fourth career start, and second against Florida. After two decent starts, Pelfrey was unable to make it out of the fifth in his last one. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed five earned runs to pick up his first Major League loss.


Opposing Pelfrey will be one of Florida's prized rookie starters, 22-year-old Scott Olsen. Olsen has been sensational over the past two months. He has a 2.29 ERA over his last 10 starts and has not allowed an earned run in either of his past two.


Pitching matchup

NYM: RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-1, 5.28 ERA)

Pelfrey has made only one road start this season, that coming back on July 18 in Cincinnati. The young right-hander allowed just two runs in six innings to pick up the win despite the seven hits and three walks he allowed.


FLA: LHP Scott Olsen (0-4, 3.79 ERA)

Olsen picked up a no-decision in his July 9 start against the Mets. The rookie left-hander lasted five innings and allowed three runs on six hits.


Player to watch

Paul Lo Duca went 2-for-3 against Olsen back on July 9 with a double and an RBI. The Mets catcher has a .324 average against left-handed pitchers this season.


On the Internet


Gameday Audio

• Gameday

• Official game notes


On television



On radio

• WFAN 660 AM, WADO 1280 AM (Spanish)


Up next

Wednesday: Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 9-5, 5.14) at Marlins (RHP Ricky Nolasco, 9-6, 3.94), 7:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: Mets (RHP Pedro Martinez, 8-4, 3.59) at Marlins (LHP Dontrelle Willis, 6-8, 4.27), 7:05 p.m. ET

Friday: Phillies (TBA) at Mets (RHP Orlando Hernandez, 7-8, 5.00), 7:10 p.m. ET

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Game 2


The Game...


The Mets (63-42) play the middle game of a three-game set against the Marlins (50-56) this evening, starting at 7:05 pm EDT...


The Pitchers...


RHP Steve Trachsel (9-5, 5.14 ERA) pitches for the Mets...Trachsel lost to the Cubs in his last start on July 24th, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 4.2 IP...He defeated the Marlins in his season debut on April 7th, yielding one earned run on three hits in 6 IP...He is 8-12 with a 3.90 ERA in 27 career starts against the Marlins...Miguel Cabrera is 9-for-16 (.563) with five doubles, two homeruns and six RBI in his career against Trachsel...


RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-6, 3.94 ERA) takes the hill for the Marlins...Nolasco is coming off a superb start against the Phillies, holding them scoreless over 7.1 IP on the way to his third straight victory -- Nolasco has a 0.42 ERA since July 17th...In two starts against the Mets this season, Nolasco has only lasted 5.2 IP while giving up 16 runs, 14 of them earned, on 2 HR and 16 hits...Mets hitters are 16-for-32 against Nolasco this season, including 9 RBI from Jose Valentin...


The Numbers...


Carlos Beltran's 22 road HR lead the NL -- He is one short of Howard Johnson's team record, set in 1987...


Josh Willingham has five HR in his last five games...


Paul Lo Duca has a 10-game hitting streak...


Steve Trachsel has sat threw five rain delays this season...


Prior to last night's game, the Marlins had gone 186 games without a walk-off HR -- the longest stretch in the majors...

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MVP was the best baseball video game ever. Too bad EA lost the rights to MLB. I tried 2K6 and that other one, "the show". They both suck.

I loved the "the show" part of the game in the game "the show." Except when you retired, the game just ended. No plaques, no hall of fame no nothing.


Oh yeah, there was this glitch for my game where every year there are these japanese guys going to the HOF with 20000 home runs or a -3.5 ERA (and yes I put a negative sign on purpose, that was the stat).

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