Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.
The Miami Marlins pulled off a nice 4-2 win last night against the New York Mets, and tonight the team looks to strike again in its second evening with Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of the lineup. Facing them is the comeback of Chris Young, who has shown himself to be a competent major league rotation piece. The Marlins will counter with Nathan Eovaldi and hope he is more competent than he was last time around.Pitching Matchup
I like Nathan Eovaldi, but I did not like Nathan Eovaldi's last start. Eovaldi was hammered by the Atlanta Braves, allowing six runs on six hits. He didn't walk or strike out many guys, mostly because there were so many hits that he wasn't even allowed to do that. Eovaldi struggled badly enough that he could not survive the game before the rain delay, forcing the Marlins to throw out mop-up reliever Chad Gaudin before and after the delay. Hopefully he fairs better against New York.
Chris Young is exactly who you would like him to be if you are the Mets. He was signed on to be a fifth-starter type, and he's done just that. This acquisition was much like what the Marlins wanted and eventually did not get out of Carlos Zambrano, so the Mets have to be happy with Young's performance. In many ways, Young is similar to a righty Wade LeBlanc in that he does not strike out many guys, tries to limit walks, and gives up way too many fly balls. If Giancarlo Stanton can make some contact, watch out, because Young can allow home runs due to his extreme fly ball rates.
I'll post the lineup when I return around 6 pm.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Mets 4-3