The New York Mets are still hanging tough in the National League East division race, and they can improve their position Friday night (7:10 PM ET) when they host the wayward Miami Marlins in the first of a three-game series. New York is coming off a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, and meanwhile Miami just dropped three straight games to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Matt Harvey (3.07 FIP) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets. He’s enjoying an excellent season since returning from Tommy John surgery, leading New York (27-21, plus-6.40 units) to 2.96 betting units in profit on a team record of 6-3. However, Harvey was shelled for seven runs in his last start against Pittsburgh. The Mets are concerned that Harvey could be experiencing “dead arm” issues.
While the Marlins (18-30, minus-14.63 units) are one of the least profitable clubs in the majors, Haren (4.24 FIP) has held up his end of the bargain, earning 2.85 units on the same team record of 6-3. However, the former three-time All-Star has had some good luck along the way. Miami has given Haren 4.78 runs per game of support, up from 3.7 runs per game overall.
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