Friday Night Pitching Matchup: Mets vs Marlins

After four days without any New York Mets baseball, the team will start off the second half of the season down in Miami for a 3-game set.

The Mets will have Jason Vargas start off the second half in an outing that very well maybe a showcase for the deadline. Vargas is 3-4 and is pitching to a 3.77 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, with 63 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched.

However since April 19th, Vargas owns a 2.76 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 65.1 innings and 12 starts.

The Miami Marlins will have a southpaw of their own on the hill in Caleb Smith, who went 5 innings against the Mets on April 5th in a no-decision. Smith owns a 4-4 record with a 3.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 72 innings.

However over his last 7 outings, Smith has a 5.00 ERA over 36 innings pitched.

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