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Florida Marlins vs New York Mets - August 30

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Game will be seen as ESPN2's Monday Night Baseball telecast in the Chicagoland area cable systems



That's me!! :lol although I have DirecTv anyways.......


As for the game, let's see if the Fish can keep winning and prove me and the rest of the doubters wrong.....

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D-Train generally pitches well against the Mets, we got 4 games against them, lets take it 1 game at a time, starting with tomorrows...Lets Go Marlins !!!!!!!!


Does anyone have the pitching matches for the next 4 games



Tuesday -- The Cocky one vs. Trachsel

Wednesday -- Old Man River vs. Glavine

Thursday -- Cy Young vs. Jae Seo

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Game will be seen as ESPN2's Monday Night Baseball telecast in the Chicagoland area cable systems, nationwide on ESPN2 ALT on DirecTV and Dish Network.


Floridians will get the game on FSN Florida, New Yorkers on FSN New York.



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Yahoo! Sports Game Preview

Florida manager Jack McKeon thinks the defending World Series champions are ready to make their move.


The Marlins will look to continue climbing the NL wild-card standings when they open a four-game series against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.


By completing a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with an 8-4 win on Sunday, the Marlins moved within four games of the wild-card-leading Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.


``I think, 'Here we come,''' McKeon said, ``but we can't take these three days and say, 'We're there.'''


A.J. Burnett struck out a team-record 14 in eight impressive innings Sunday, and Miguel Cabrera homered to highlight Florida's five-run second inning.


Mike Lowell also homered, and Paul Lo Duca went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for the Marlins, who moved four games above .500 for the first time since they were 41-37 on June 30.


``There's a long time to go,'' Cabrera said. ``If we keep playing the way we are, we have a (playoff) chance.''


The Marlins hope to improve those chances against the Mets, who have lost two straight and eight of 10.


New York fell to 1-6 on its 11-game homestand with a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, drawing boos from the Shea Stadium crowd.


The Mets now hope to get a boost from the return of first baseman Mike Piazza, who will activated from the disabled list before the game. Piazza has been out since Aug. 7 with inflammation in his left knee.


``I'll be glad to see Mike back,'' Mets left fielder Cliff Floyd said. ``His presence means a lot to our team.''


STANDINGS (through Aug. 28): Marlins - 2nd place, 9 1/2 GB, NL East. Mets - 4th place, 15 GB, NL East.


MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Dontrelle Willis (9-9, 3.87 ERA). Willis has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his past four starts, but he has just one win in that span. The 22-year-old left-hander gave up three runs -- two earned -- and three hits over six innings Wednesday, but he did not get a decision in the Marlins' 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Willis is 5-0 with a 1.74 ERA in six career games against the Mets.


METS PROBABLE STARTER: Al Leiter (9-5, 2.69 ERA). Leiter has allowed at least three earned runs in three of his past four starts, going 1-2 with a 5.40 in that span. The 38-year-old left-hander surrendered four runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings Wednesday in a 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres. Leiter is 12-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 career games against the Marlins.


OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Marlins - Cabrera, .311 avg., 26 HRs, 86 RBIs and 84 runs; Juan Pierre, 35 SBs. Mets - Piazza, .276 avg.; Mike Cameron, 28 HRs, 69 runs and 21 SBs; Richard Hidalgo, 72 RBIs.


SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 9-3.


STREAKS AND NOTES: Marlins - CF Pierre set a team record with his 11th triple of the season on Sunday. ... 3B Mike Lowell is batting .205 (8-for-39) in his career against LHP Leiter. ... Florida has won five of its past six series. Mets - CF Cameron did not play Sunday, because he did not feel well. ... C Vance Wilson is batting .133 (2-for-15) in his career against LHP Willis. ... 1B Piazza needs one homer to tie Carlton Fisk for 56th on the all-time list with 376.


ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Marlins - 31-33 on the road; Mets - 32-31 at home.


INJURIES: Marlins - C Ramon Castro (toe), 60-day DL; INF Wil Cordero (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Chad Fox (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (elbow), 60-day DL. Mets - INF Kazuo Matsui (back), 15-day DL; INF Joe McEwing (leg), 15-day DL; INF Jose Reyes (leg), 15-day DL; RHP Victor Zambrano (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Orber Moreno (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Jose Parra (hip), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.

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