Series Preview: Mets at Marlins

The Marlins will host the Mets in a three-game series this weekend at Marlins Park

The Miami Marlins will begin a three-game series with the New York Mets on Friday at Marlins Park.

The Marlins have fallen back into last place in the National League East, but can change that with a sweep in this series. The Mets are currently two games ahead of the Marlins with a 47-65 record. Miami has the same amount of wins, but has lost 69 times.

Jose Urena will bring his 3-11 record into Friday's start against New York. Urena is coming off an ugly loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and he also fell to the Mets earlier in the year. Urena's had a rough season overall, but he has been able to mix in a few quality outings. The Mets could offer an opportunity for Urena to pick up an elusive fourth win.

Dan Straily will start Saturday's game for Miami and will look to get things straightened out. The right-hander had posted five straight quality starts, but has been inconsistent in his last three outings. Straily's last appearance against Philadelphia featured seven strikeouts and only one hit, but the veteran walked five along the way.

Wei-Yin Chen will try and keep his success at home going in Sunday's start. Chen has put up Cy Young type numbers at Marlins Park and the team has noticed. Miami moved Chen's last start back a day, which allowed him to pitch twice during this homestand. Chen has a 1.94 E.R.A at home this season and he has not faced the Mets in 2018.

Starlin Castro has solid career numbers against New York's pitching staff and he could be a key to this series. The second baseman has a .333 lifetime average and eight runs batted in against New York. The veteran is off to a slow start in August, after posting good numbers in July.

Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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