First, the basic news.
Donnie Murphy's right hand/wrist area is slightly swollen and sore from last night's plunking by Jon Niese. X-rays were negative, Murphy hit off a tee this morning, and he said he should be available this afternoon to pinch-hit if necessary. He also said he should be ready to return to the lineup on Tuesday following Monday's off day.
Mike Stanton (tight hamstring) is hitting in the indoor cages this morning and manager Edwin Rodriguez said he, too, could possibly pinch hit. Rodriguez said there's also a pretty good chance that Stanton returns to the lineup on Tuesday.
Emilio Bonifacio gets the start at third today while Scott Cousins will be in right (see lineups below).
Speaking of Cousins, Rodriguez was quite a bit more critical of the rookie's decision to allow David Wright's fly ball drop in for a foul last night rather than make the catch for the first out of the 10th. While doing so would have allowed Jose Reyes to tag and advance to third, and perhaps Angel Pagan to move up to second, Rodriguez said he would have walked the next hitter -- Carlos Beltran -- to load the bases and set up a potential double play grounder. Instead, given a second chance, Wright singled up the middle to drive in the go-ahead run, and the Mets added two more insurance runs on Willie Harris' double.
"I understand what he did," Rodriguez said of Cousins. "He overthought that play. But he should have made that play. I think he was wrong. But, then again, we talked to him. Having a young outfield, it's a process. He has to anticipate that kind of play. Who's up. How many outs. Who's on deck. All that. When you have a good hitter at the plate, you don't want to give those guys second chances. Then again, having a young outfielder, I guess we have to pay the price and go through the learning process."
BULLPEN: Rodriguez said the leadoff walk issued by Leo Nunez in the 9th, with the game tied 2-2, was the moment that rankled him him about Saturday's game "The bad part about last night's game was the leadoff walk. that was the one that shouldn't happen, especially on four pitches," Rodriguez said. That walk, to Ike Davis, turned into the go-ahead run for the Mets (though the Marlins would tie it in the 9th and sent the game to extra innings).....Rodriguez said that Nunez and lefty reliever Mike Dunn probably will not be available for today's rubber match after appearing in each of the first two games. But Clay Hensley, who also saw action in the first two, could probably pitch, he said. Everyone else is available.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Gaby Sanchez; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. John Buck, c; 7. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 8. Scott Cousins, rf; 9. Javier Vazquez, p.
Mets: 1. Jose Reyes, ss; 2. Willie Harris, lf; 3. David Wright, 3b; 4. Ike Davis, 1b; 5. Angel Pagan, cf; 6. Lucas Duda, rf; 7. Daniel Murphy, 2b; 8. Josh Thole, c; 9. R.A. Dickey, p.