The Miami Marlins (51-60) and New York Mets (53-58) will close out a National League East series on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:10 ET

Miami Marlins at New York Mets  

The New York Mets are looking to end a long home losing streak on Thursday afternoon

Miami scored a season-high 13 runs in Wednesday’s victory over New York, with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton leading the way with a pair of two-run home runs.  “We’ve waited three months to finally get one of these,” commented Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen.  Offensively, the team really struggled to hit the ball out of the ballpark with Stanton on the disabled list, leaving the yard just 13 time in 25 contests.  Miami is 8-4 on the road when the total is 7 or less, while the “under” is 7-4 in that situation.

Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson (7-7, 3.85 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, including a 5-2 road win over the Washington Nationals in his last effort, allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits over 8.2 innings.  The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA in nine road outings, surrendering three home runs in 53 combined frames.  Johnson’s .889 winning percentage (8-1) and 2.59 ERA in this series are the best marks against the Mets among pitchers with at least 15 starts.

New York has lost nine home games in a row, something that has likely ended the team’s chances of making a run in the NL Wild Card race.  “Right now there’s nothing we can do that’s right,” stated Mets manager Terry Collins.  The Mets have lost 19 of their last 26 games, and come off their most lopsided defeat in more than three years.  New York will certainly be glad its Thursday on the calendar, winning 10 of 11 games on this day of the week during the 2012 campaign.

Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (14-3, 2.82 ERA) will look to bounce back from a 3-1 road loss to the San Diego Padres, while the club has dropped three of his last four starts overall.  The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 11 home outings (10 starts), issuing 18 walks and striking out 71 batters in 72.1 frames.  In 11 career games (nine starts) versus the Marlins, Dickey has registered a 7-2 record and 3.51 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Mets due to their 6-0 record in Dickey’s last six starts in this series, while the Marlins are 2-10 on the road against right-handed starters.

Pick:  New York Mets -131

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