Even if the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets weren't currently elbowing each other for the final wild card spot in the National League, this Jose Fernandez vs. Jacob deGrom matchup would still be must-watch television. Expect this one to be soaked with high energy and tension all evening long.
Both pitchers are at the top of their game. In his last start, Fernandez (11-4) became the fastest starting pitcher to reach 500 career strikeouts when he fanned a career-high tying 14 strikeouts against the Philadelphia Phillies. In ten starts at home, he is 8-1 with a 1.53 ERA, and he particularly likes seeing the Mets. Just over a month ago at Marlins Park, he struck out 14 Mets' batters thru seven innings of seemingly effortless shutout ball.
In his last start, also against the Phillies, deGrom (6-4) only pitched his first career shutout game, striking out seven and allowing just one hit. He's won his last three starts with seven strikeouts each while surrendering an average of three hits.
|Team||Pitcher||ERA||FIP||ZIPs Projected ERA|
|NEW YORK METS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Jose Reyes - 3B||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Curtis Granderson - RF||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Yoenis Cespedes - LF||Christian Yelich - LF|
|James Loney - 1B||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Neil Walker - 2B||Derek Dietrich - 2B|
|Travis d'Arnaud - C||Chris Johnson - 1B|
|Juan Lagares - CF||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Jacob deGrom - RHP||Jose Fernandez - RHP|
-Ichiro remains four hits shy of 3,000.
-One more save and AJ Ramos will tie his career high of 32, set last year.
-Mets closer Jeurys Familia has 50 consecutive saves, the longest active streak in the Majors and the fourth-longest in history.
-Yelich's career average of .320 against deGrom is the best in the Marlins' starting lineup. He also has ten homers, 54 RBI, and four stolen bases.
Bold Prediction: Marlins squeak by the Mets, 2-1.