New York Mets at Miami Marlins
- The Mets went 2-1 versus the Marlins in early April. Miami relievers issued nine walks and three home runs over nine innings in that series, compiling an 11.00 ERA.
- The Mets have lost four in a row, their longest skid of 2013. Since opening 7-4, New York is 3-9 over their past 12 games. That's the worst record in the National League since April 16.
- The Marlins salvaged the final game of their four-game series with the Cubs this weekend, defeating Chicago on Sunday, 6-4. Miami now looks to win consecutive games for the first time in 2013.
- Matt Harvey surrendered three runs in his most recent start last Wednesday, the only time he's allowed more than one run in any of seven starts since last September 12. He leads the National League with a .122 average allowed this season.
- After debuting with a 0.82 ERA through two starts, Jose Fernandez has produced a 9.00 ERA over his last couple outings. Fernandez has allowed an .091 batting average his first time through the opposing lineup, but hitters are batting .333 thereafter.
- After clubbing his first home run of 2013 on Saturday, Giancarlo Stanton broke out in a big way on Sunday, going 3-for-3 with a pair of homers. He has nine RBI over his last seven games, after collecting none through his first dozen games.
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By MATT BEARDMORE
(AP) -- His team won again, but New York Mets ace Matt Harvey wasn't particularly pleased with his last performance.
The hard-throwing right-hander might feel different after facing the major league-worst Miami Marlins for the first time.
Harvey will look to become the third Mets starter in franchise history to go 5-0 in April on Monday night when rookie Jose Fernandez gets his fifth chance to pick up his first major league win.
After holding opponents to three total runs in his first four outings, Harvey (4-0, 1.54 ERA) yielded three in six innings of Wednesday's 7-3, 10-inning win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander avoided the loss as New York scored five times in the final two frames, including a walkoff grand slam by Jordany Valdespin.
"I'll be mad tonight, but obviously happy about the team win," Harvey told the Mets' official website. "Tomorrow, it's a new day. It's time to work toward my next start."
Trying to join Dwight Gooden (1988) and Pedro Martinez (2006) as the only Mets starters to go 5-0 in April, Harvey will face a Miami team trying to win two straight for the first time since Oct. 1-2, when the Mets were last in town.
Led by Giancarlo Stanton's two homers and four RBIs, the Marlins (6-19) won 6-4 on Sunday to salvage the finale of their four-game set with the Chicago Cubs. Stanton's first home of the season came in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
"This guy is a special player. He's a game-changer," manager Mike Redmond said.
The Marlins are hoping their power surge continues - half of their 12 homers have come in the last three games - as they've scored nine total runs in Fernandez's starts. While that's an obvious concern, so is the right-hander posting a 9.00 ERA while losing each of his last two outings.
"We just had a chance to win, and I just kind of blew it up. It doesn't feel good," Fernandez told the Marlins' official website after giving up his first homer of the season - a three-run shot by rookie Oswaldo Arcia - in Tuesday's 4-3 loss at Minnesota. "I like to go out there and do my job to help the team win."
Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) did his job in his major league debut, a 4-3 loss at the Mets on April 7 when the 20-year-old became the youngest pitcher in Marlins history. He lasted five innings in that game, yielding one run and striking out eight.
The Mets (10-13) struck out eight more times in Sunday's 5-1 loss to Philadelphia and are batting .154 with seven total runs over a four-game losing streak as they begin a six-game trip.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy was hitless in 12 at-bats over the weekend, but he went 4 for 12 - including 1 for 2 off Fernandez - with two homers and five RBIs as New York won two of three over Miami from April 5-7.
David Wright went 4 for 10 in that series to lift his career batting average against the Marlins to .323, but he is out of Monday's lineup due to a stiff neck.
Updated April 29, 2013