The Fish lost a tough game tonight, they were in it for most of the game. The offense was not there but at one point the Mets were only up by one run. There were a few miscues throughout the game on both sides of the ball.
José Ureña actually got that W in his last home start, but back to his usual routine in this one: too many balls in play and not enough run support.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 11, 2018
5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (90 pitches) pic.twitter.com/rVLbVZtcVG
José Ureña worked hard tonight, not necessarily a good thing. The Mets were able to get a base runner in five of the six innings that Ureña pitched. His stuff was not moving enough to keep the bats missing. The hitters laid off most pitches that were balls and put in play the other pitches. Ureña did not have it tonight giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk.
Zach Wheeler was the complete opposite tonight. He was wheeling (pun intended) and dealing and had the Fish hitters looking listless for the most part. Each one of Wheeler’s pitches had bite and he looked good going into the seventh. That was until Miguel Rojas got a hold of him.
WATCH: @MRojasOfficial blasts a 2-run homer to left field driving in Rafael Ortega!— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2018
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Rafael Ortega started the seventh inning with a single off of Wheeler. That was only the Fish’s third hit of the game. Rojas came up next and absolutely decimated a ball into the left field seats. This ball was crushed and brought the Fish back to life making it 4-2 Mets. While this did not tie the game, it was the first real burst of energy from the Fish.
The Mets came back and scored two runs in the eighth inning off of Javy Guerra. They increased their lead to 6-2 over the Fish. This pretty much cemented the loss for the Fish.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines inch as “ a small amount, distance, or degree”.
3B Martín Prado shows quick reflexes with the catch of the day to close out the 4th!— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) August 11, 2018
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*There were multiple plays throughout the game that boiled down to inches. There were balls hit under gloves, balls hit under diving players. A ball was even deflected off of Ureña’s glove (which would lead to two runs for the Mets). J.T. Realmuto sliced a double down the third base line which the third basemen missed by an inch. This game from the start could of went many different ways based on each play, unluckily for the Fish they took the loss 6-2.*
Kingfish: Zach Wheeler (.267 WPA).
Flounder: Magneuris Sierra (-.094).
Play of the game: Wheeler’s strong start.
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Probable Pitching Matchup
|Amed Rosario - SS
|Magneuris Sierra - CF
|Jeff McNeil - 2B
|Brian Anderson - RF
|Wilmer Flores - 1B
|J.T. Realmuto - C
|Michael Conforto - LF
|Derek Dietrich - 1B
|Brandon Nimmo - RF
|Starlin Castro - 2B
|Todd Frazier - 3B
|Martin Prado - 3B
|Austin Jackson - CF
|Rafael Ortega - LF
|Kevin Plawecki - C
|Miguel Rojas - SS
|Zack Wheeler - RHP
|Jose Urena - RHP
The Marlins continue to slide deeper into the abyss. Their last series against the Cardinals they lost two out of three games. The series before that they were swept four games by the Phillies. The Mets are currently two games ahead of the Fish, so with a sweep the Fish can regain fourth place.
The Marlins will be one veteran less tonight when they take on the Mets. Justin Bour was traded today to the Phills for a young prospect. Bour will be going to a contending team while the Fish will have another open spot for a younger play to try and fill.
The Fish will have José Ureña on the mound tonight. He had a rough start against the Phillies last time out. The Mets will be sending out Zach Wheeler, he is coming into tonight with a four game win streak.