Mets(courtesy of mlb.com)
Niese, 23, isn’t coming from a different league, but is returning from a devastating hamstring tendon rupture that put a halt to his rookie season of 2009 after only five starts. He had shown a lot of promise, going 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA after making two starts in ’08.
Niese struggled a bit in Spring Training, having made his first relief appearances since beginning his pro career in 2005, but the Mets brass seems to have plenty of confidence in him.
Shortstop Jose Reyes played five innings in the field in an extended Spring Training game Wednesday and had one hit — a ground-rule double — in five at-bats. Reyes played nine innings in the field Tuesday night and had two singles and two walks and scored once in seven plate appearances. … The Mets have players from seven different countries and territories outside the United States: Canada, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Marlins(courtesy of mlb.com)
Robertson only pitched against the Mets once in his career, in an Interleague game with Detroit in 2004. He got a no-decision after giving up two runs in 7 2/3 innings. … Staff ace Josh Johnson, who lost to the Mets in Monday’s season opener, will come right back and take the ball Saturday night against the Dodgers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. Anibal Sanchez, who originally was to start Saturday, will pitch Sunday.
For Florida, Nate Robertson will make his first start in the National League in 2010 after being traded from Detroit. Robertson was drafted by the Marlins and last pitched for them in relief in September 2002.
He says he’s ready for the challenge of a new league, but that it won’t be entirely new. He also didn’t put too much stock in who is more at an advantage between hitters and pitchers in this situation.
“I’ve seen a lot of American League players, over the last couple of years, come to the National League,” Robertson said.
“[Mets outfielder Jason] Bay is one of them. [Mets outfielder Gary] Matthews [Jr.], [Mets second baseman Luis] Castillo. I think hitters get more comfortable if they face the same pitchers. We have better ideas if we face them. I guess the advantage is to both. Hitters talk, and they’ll ask Matthews, ‘What does this guy got?’ In this league, you can’t really hide. With the film of the starting pitcher that day … it comes down to making quality pitches.”
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