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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Game Preview: El Duque looks to make Florida put up their "Dukes"

The Orlando Hernandez for Jorge Julio deal made a few days ago has gotten more praise than bashing. However, if Hernandez today gets bombed than the trade will immediatley become known as the next "Scott Kazmir trade". Hopefully Hernandez pitches good today against the Marlins, a team in which none of their hitters have faced El Duque. The Marlins have never faced the "36" year old, and Florida's average age is only 26 which bodes well for a veteran pitcher.
Game Preview:

1) Ricky Nolasco has never faced the Mets, and he has only appeared in thirteen career games, and only two were starts.
2) The Mets' series record thus far this year is 10-4 with two ties, and with a win today the Mets will win this series.
3) David Wright is hitting 1.000% on the team's current road trip and has six rbi with three home runs over his last five games.
4) Cliff Floyd leads the Mets with seven career home runs against the Marlins.
5) The 3rd, 7th, and 8th innings are the innings when the Mets make most comebacks thus far this season.
6) Carlos Beltran leads the Mets in multi-rbi games with ten, Delgado is second on the team with nine.
7) The Mets are 18-6 when scoring first, and 5-12 when they score less than three runs.
8) Left handers hit .270 off of El Duque, however right handers hit 60 points lower at .210.
9) In Hernandez's only career outing in Florida he threw 6.2 innings, allowing no earned runs.
10) Over "The Dukes" last nine innings pitched he has allowed only one run to cross the plate.

On this day in 1986... Doc Gooden pitched a complete game ten strikeout game against the Dodgers.

Game score predictions:
Mets 6 Marlins 2
WP- Orlando Hernandez
LP- Rick Nolasco
H- none
SV- none

Game play predictions:
1) Carlos Beltran will homer in this game.
2) El Duque will go at least six innings.
3) One of the teams will have a four hit game.
4) Darren Oliver will pitch.
5) The Mets will win.


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