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Marlins vs. Mets: Game Thread 135

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Marlins look to avoid being swept

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Marlins should ask advice from the Mets because they keep losing players as fast as they are winning games which is something the Marlins need to figure out. After a back breaking win last night, the surging, Mets manger announced Neil Walker expected to undergo season ending injury. Five of the Mets ten opening day starters are out for the season only Curtis Granderson has remained on the active roster all season.

Pitcher Jacob deGrom (7-7) is taking the mound for the Mets in place of the injured Steven Matz. Despite all the injures the Mets have won nine of their last eleven games and are one and half games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot.

Injuries have hurt what was once a promising season for the Marlins. The Marlins were 8-18 in August while pitcher David Phelps as put on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Also Marcell Ozuna is day-to-day after hurtingnhis left wrist making a diving catch in the fourth inning last night. Ozuna and Phelps add to the list of Marlins on the DL.

However there is no crying in baseball and Marlins look at avoid being swept. Manager Don Mattingly is starting Jose Urena (2-5) who is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA vs the Mets, but has only allowed three runs in eleven and two thirds innings over his last two appearances. Also Urena has given up two runs or fewer in four of is last six starts.

Urena looks to rebound from a tough loss on Saturday when he gave up only one run vs the Padres. Despite all of the Marlins bad luck they are still in the wild-card race opening September three and half games back of the Cardinals. This is a make or break month for the Marlins.

Team Pitcher ERA FIP Zips Projected ERA
MIA Jose Urena 5.83 4.53 4.54
NYM Jacob deGrom 2.96 3.32 3.08

Notes:

- deGrom as given up thierteen runs on twenty five hits over his last two starts.

- This is only Urena's seventh start of the season after spending the first two month in the bullpen.

- A.J. Ramos has returned to the active roster after being on the DL.