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Olsen faces fellow rookie Pelfrey

New York Mets (63-41) at Florida (49-56), 7:05 p.m. ET

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

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When the Marlins last faced the Mets, the two National League East clubs split a four-game series at Shea Stadium.

The division rivals square off again beginning Tuesday at Dolphin Stadium.

 

Coming off a grueling eight games in seven days on the road, the Marlins welcome a return to South Florida. This weekend in Philadelphia, Florida played five games, including a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

 

By winning on Monday afternoon, Florida went 4-4 on the road trip.

 

In the opener, the Marlins send rookie left-hander Scott Olsen in search of his 10th win. Olsen is tied with fellow rookies Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco for the team high in victories.

 

Olsen has won three straight decisions. Of late, the southpaw's slider has been sensational. When that pitch is on, he is capable of big strikeout games.

 

Olsen faced the Mets on July 9 at Shea Stadium, but wasn't involved in the decision. He gave up three runs in five innings that day.

 

The Mets counter with rookie right-hander Mike Pelfrey. On July 8, Pelfrey beat the Marlins in his Major League debut, taking the second game of a doubleheader.

 

A hard-thrower, Pelfrey is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA on the road.

 

Pitching matchup

FLA: LHP Scott Olsen (9-4, 3.79)

The 22-year-old left-hander has won three straight starts, and hasn't given up a run in his last two outings, a span of 12 2/3 innings. In those games, he's struck out 16.

 

NYM: RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-1, 5.28)

Pelfrey took his first career loss July 23 against the Astros, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings. With little command of his breaking pitch, he was forced to rely on his fastball. The Mets aren't calling his start an audition, but with John Maine having pitched effectively in his last two starts, it seems likely he will be behind Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine and Steve Trachsel, and either Pelfrey or Orlando Hernandez will be No. 5.

 

Player to watch

Since the All-Star break, Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran has seven home runs and 26 RBIs and is batting .300. On the season, Beltran is batting .282 with 32 homers and 94 RBIs.

 

On the Internet

MLB.TV

Gameday Audio

? Gameday

? Official game notes

 

On television

? FSN

 

On radio

? 560 WQAM, 1140 WQBA (Espa?ol)

 

Up next

? Wednesday: Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 9-5, 5.14) at Marlins (RHP Ricky Nolasco, 9-6, 3.94), 7:05 p.m. ET

? Thursday: Mets (RHP Pedro Martinez, 8-4, 3.59) at Marlins (LHP Dontrelle Willis, 6-8, 4.27), 7:05 p.m. ET

? Friday: Dodgers (RHP Derek Lowe, 8-7, 4.29) at Marlins (RHP Anibal Sanchez, 4-1, 4.46), 7:35 p.m. ET

 

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

 

My perdiction: FLA 4 NYM 2

I won't be there tonight, but I'll be here. Hopefully I'll be going Friday!

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