Friday, April 17, 2015

Phelps, Colon set to start in Game 2 for Marlins-Mets

The Mets and Marlins continue their four-game series Friday at Citi Field. Mets starter Bartolo Colon looks for his third win, while David Phelps makes his first start for Miami after two relief appearances.
Things to know about this game:
• It's been a hectic, yet eventful, week for Phelps. The right-hander moved into the rotation, sliding into the spot vacated when Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list.
On Monday, Phelps' wife gave birth to a boy, Jack, at their home in Pittsburgh. Phelps was on MLB's paternity list, and he actually threw a bullpen session at a Division III school on Tuesday. He reached out to a friend, former Pirates strength coach Frank Velasquez, and it was set up for him to throw at La Roche College.
• The Mets tagged Phelps in his only previous career start against them. That was on May 29, 2013, when Phelps allowed five earned runs in one-third of an inning as a member of the Yankees.
• Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto started the past two games and is being given a shot at regular time ahead of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Opening Day starter. Realmuto is rated Miami's No. 2 prospect.
• Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is turning into a doubles machine. On Thursday, the slugging Duda, who was third in the National League with 30 home runs last season, became the first Met since Carlos Beltran in 2006 to collect multiple extra-base hits in three consecutive games. He has five doubles in the last three games.

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