Marlins-Mets Preview

The Associated Press

Jose Reyes says he doesn't care if he's an unwelcome visitor to Citi Field, and he seems to be getting rather comfortable with the situation.

The New York Mets are anything but comfortable in their own ballpark.

Reyes looks to extend his career-best hitting streak and help the Miami Marlins send the Mets to their ninth straight home loss Wednesday night.

Reyes spent his first nine seasons with New York (53-57) before signing a six-year, $106 million deal with Miami (50-60) in the offseason.

It's been a disappointing season for the Marlins, but the shortstop has been living up to his contract lately, batting .366 during a 25-game hitting streak - the longest in the majors this year. He kept it going in the opener of this three-game set Tuesday with an infield single that helped spark a four-run fourth inning in Miami's 4-2 win, during which he was roundly booed.

"It is what it is," Reyes said. "I'm good. They can do whatever they want here."

The Mets would like to win there, but that hasn't happened in a month. They're in the midst of their longest home skid since 2007, and they haven't dropped nine straight in Queens since Aug. 28-Sept. 12, 2004.

Jason Bay singled and scored Tuesday, but he may not be in the lineup Wednesday after manager Terry Collins indicated that he's no longer the full-time left fielder.

Bay is 3 for 42 (.071) in his last 14 games. He's battled injuries ever since signing a $66 million, four-year deal with the Mets before the 2010 season, and he's batting .157 in 41 games this year.

"I'm trying to be a realist with all that's happened," Bay said. "I'm not always the best option.

"This didn't blindside me. I've had some time to digest this. I don't want to be a distraction."

New York's Chris Young (3-5, 4.22 ERA) has also dealt with major injuries in recent years, and he is scheduled to take the mound looking to win back-to-back starts in a single season for the first time since May 2009 with San Diego.

The right-hander turned in his best start of 2012 on Thursday, yielding one run and four hits with no walks in seven innings of a 9-1 victory at San Francisco. Young could use some of that offensive help at home, where he's 0-2 despite a 3.33 ERA in four starts this season while getting eight total runs of support.

He's 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in three meetings with the Marlins, but he hasn't faced them since 2007. Reyes has just one hit in 12 at-bats against Young.

Miami will counter with Nathan Eovaldi (2-7, 4.66), who has posted uneven results in two starts since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade last month.

Eovaldi was impressive in his Marlins debut July 28, yielding one run with five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 victory over San Diego. The right-hander wasn't nearly as effective in Thursday's 6-1 loss at Atlanta, surrendering all of the Braves' runs in two innings with eight hits, a walk and a hit batter.

"They really just sat on the fastball, even the ones I located, and they hit it well," Eovaldi said. "It was just one of those nights."

Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA in two starts against the Mets.

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