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MARLINS vs. METS

BECKETT vs. HEILMAN

GAME TIME: 7:10

BROADCAST: FSN

 

 

:baseball YAHOO SPORTS PREVIEW :baseball

 

 

Josh Beckett is usually at his best when facing the New York Mets.

 

Beckett will look to continue his brilliant start to the season when the Marlins open a three-game set against the resurgent Mets at Shea Stadium.

 

The Marlins are only a game above .500 through nine games, but pitching hasn't been their problem.

 

As the ace of a staff that's off to the best start in baseball, Beckett is 2-0 with an 0.00 ERA heading into his third start of the season. However, he says he's unimpressed with what he has done so far.

 

``It's early,'' Beckett said. ``Just because I'm 2-0 doesn't mean I'm going to win 20 games.''

 

 

Beckett has learned that the hard way.

 

Long touted as a future 20-game winner, Beckett has never done better than 9-8, and began this season with a career record of 26-26.

 

While durability has been a problem for Beckett, he also has shown he can last nine innings. He threw two shutouts in the 2003 postseason, including a five-hitter against the New York Yankees to clinch the World Series.

 

Eighteen months removed from that success, Beckett is no longer appearing on magazine covers or network talk shows.

 

``He has a lot more focus going into the season this year than last year,'' teammate Mike Lowell says. ``There were way too many distractions for him coming off his performance in the playoffs. Whether he liked it or not, everyone was tugging at him in different directions.

 

``I saw a different guy in spring training this year. He's off to a good start. It's good for him, and good for us.''

 

Beckett not only hasn't allowed a run in 15 innings this season, but he is also 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his career against the Mets.

 

He will be facing a Mets squad that has rebounded nicely from an 0-5 start. New York has won four straight, including a 4-3 win over Houston on Thursday night.

 

On Thursday, New York rallied from a 3-1 deficit with a three-run seventh inning. Jose Reyes singled home the tying run, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run, just one night after his RBI single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Mets a 1-0 win.

 

New York scored a combined five runs in the eighth innings on Sunday and Monday in comeback wins over Atlanta and Houston.

 

``Put the ball in play,'' Mets manager Willie Randolph said. ``You make things happen.''

 

:marlins

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I don't know about you guys, but one day was one too many...And I am starting to despise the scheduling of Marlins games. I love the Heat, but when they play at the same time as the Marlin, I have the switch channels faster than a midget running away from Michael Jackson.

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I don't know about you guys, but one day was one too many...And I am starting to despise the scheduling of Marlins games. I love the Heat, but when they play at the same time as the Marlin, I have the switch channels faster than a midget running away from Michael Jackson.

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