John Buck started prepping Jeremy Hefner on tonight’s start with Miami hours ago. He started by meeting with Hefner and pitching coach Dan Warthen about how to pitch the Marlins’ hitters, of which Hefner saw this spring.
“How much that will help, I don’t know,’’ Hefner said. “I do know some things about them … and, they know some things about me.’’
HEFNER: Has an opportunity.
After meeting with Warthen, Buck and Hefner will sit down and go over the signs and tonight’s game plan.
“I don’t want to put something down and have him be totally surprised by it,’’ Buck said. “We want to be thinking along the same lines.’’
What Buck is most interested in seeing from Hefner is how he reacts under pressure.
“That’s when you really get to know a pitcher,’’ Buck said. “It takes time.’’
Hefner will attempt to give the Mets a fourth straight strong start, following the efforts of Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee against San Diego.
The Mets know Hefner from last season w