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  • Game 5 Preview- Florida (1-3) at New York Mets (3-1), 1:10 p.m. ET

    http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/NASApp/m...=.jsp&c_id=nym

    Mets try to solve Marlins' Willis

    By Bryan Hoch / Special to MLB.com

    The Mets' hitters have left no doubt about their ability to put together rallies, forcing 19 runs across the plate over the last two nights.
    New York will be asked to produce at a higher level in Saturday's southpaw matinee, with the Mets drawing Dontrelle Willis' card from the Florida Marlins.

    Willis is one of the last recognizable faces left following Florida's "market correction." The Marlins are centering their rebuilding efforts in part around the high-kicking lefty, and with good reason -- simply put, he needs little introduction as one of the Major Leagues' premier young pitchers.

    The Mets have never enjoyed seeing Willis around Shea Stadium; the Marlins are 5-0 with Willis on the mound in Flushing, including a three-hit shutout the last time he saw action here on July 3, 2005.

    "It's always a challenge when you've got Dontrelle on the mound," David Wright said. "He's a real competitor and always wants to win. He throws extremely hard. We're going to have to go up there and put some runs across."

    Tom Glavine takes the mound for the Mets, looking to build on his successful Opening Day start against the Nationals. Glavine ventured six innings in his season debut, taking the win in New York's 3-2 victory on Monday.

    Pitching matchup


    FLA: LHP Dontrelle Willis (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Willis makes his second start of the year for the Marlins, having pitched five shutout innings in his season debut against the Astros.

    VS



    NYM: LHP Tom Glavine (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
    The mark of a true veteran who has resided in the National League East for years, Glavine will be making his 41st career start against the Marlins. He is 15-18 with a 3.84 ERA in those outings.

    Player to watch
    First baseman Mike Jacobs was traded to the Marlins in the Carlos Delgado deal, and he hasn't lost his power stroke. After hitting 11 home runs in 100 at-bats for the Mets last season, Jacobs is up to his old tricks, having hit two in 16 at-bats this season. One of them came against Steve Trachsel on Friday night.

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    Up next
    • Sunday: Marlins (Sergio Mitre, 1-0, 0.00 ERA) at Mets (Victor Zambrano, 7-12, 4.17 ERA in 2005), 1:10 p.m. ET
    • Monday: Off-day
    • Tuesday: Mets (Brian Bannister, 0-0, 4.50 ERA) at Nationals (Ramon Ortiz, 0-1, 10.80 ERA), 1:05 p.m. ET (Nationals home opener)
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    Marlins-Mets postponed by rain

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=260408121

    April 8, 2006

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Rain forced postponement of Saturday's game between the Florida Marlins and New York Mets and a matchup of left-handers Dontrelle Willis and Tom Glavine.

    The game was rescheduled as part of a July 8 doubleheader. The rainout pushed the two lefties back a day, and they now are scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

    Willis has been baseball's most dominant April pitcher since coming to the majors in 2003. He is 8-0 with a 1.76 ERA and three complete games in 11 career starts during the season's first month. He is the only pitcher since 1960 with 10 or more starts in April who is undefeated in the month.

    Willis (0-0) was the Marlins' opening day pitcher and pitched five shutout innings, allowing just one hit at Houston. He came out after 104 pitches in a game the Marlins lost 1-0.

    Glavine (1-0) also pitched on opening day, working six innings against Washington and gaining credit for a 3-2 victory. It was the 276th win of his career.
    "There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit.
    ~~Al Gallagher


    God Bless America!

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    • #3
      Willis pitched another great game against the Mets like always, but Wright pulled it out. "MVP!" chants already when Wright steps up to hit.

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