New York Mets (1-0) at Miami Marlins (0-1)
Game Info: Friday, March 31, 2023 at 6:40 p.m. EST (LoanDepot Park)
Betting Odds: Mets (-115) / Over/Under (7.5)
Pick: Marlins (-105)
The time has come... baseball is finally back. In our first preview of the year, let's head to Miami to take a look at an NL East matchup between the New York Mets and Marlins.
The Mets were as busy as any squad in the offseason, bringing in multiple pieces from around the league along with signing back a few of their key players that hit the free agent market. Heading into the new year, they will feel as though they have as good a chance as any team in the NL to come out of the pack standing come October. In this matchup, they will throw David Peterson on the mound, as they will be holding newly acquired Justin Verlander to make his first start on their first homestand. Over the years, Peterson has faired well against the Marlins lineup, with one exception. Former Phillies Postseason hero, Jean Segura, is 4-9 against him, with a double, home run, and 4 RBIs. The Mets will need to keep him in check if they hope to secure their first 2 wins of the season.
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Miami will turn to Jesus Luzardo to try and even up the series against the Mets on Friday night. After being traded to the Marlins with a 6+ ERA from the Oakland Athletics in 2021, he did not progress at all to end the year. Despite his struggles in 2021 though, he almost cut his ERA in half in 2022, finishing with an impressive 3.32 ERA in 18 games started. Turning our attention to Miami's lineup, they have made several huge additions to their offense that will make them a pesky bunch throughout the year. Luis Arraez is the man that I have my eye on out of the group that they have brought in nevertheless. In 547 at-bats last season, he hit .316. If you have not had the luxury of watching him play, you are missing out. He is one of the best pure hitters in the league, seemingly getting his bat on every ball near the zone when he is at the plate. If Miami is going to join the elite in the NL East this upcoming campaign, they will need him to lead off in style.
New York got the best of Miami in their first matchup during the afternoon on Thursday, but I will side with the Marlins to bounce back tonight. The Marlins were only able to muster together 5 hits on Opening Day, but that was with Max Scherzer on the mound. They will be facing a much easier test in Peterson on Friday, and I expect the Marlins lineup to bounce back off of a disappointing Opening Day loss in their home park. Miami is a team that I have my eye on to start the year as I believe they are a sneaky roster that can cash for us on the regular. Give me the Marlins to get to .500 early on!
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