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Game Thread 161: Marlins at Mets

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J.T. Realmuto manages(!) the Fish in their 2018 season finale.

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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9/30/18 Probable Starters

Name Team IP ERA FIP K% fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K% fWAR
Sandy Alcántara Marlins 27.0 4.00 5.68 16.7% -0.1
Noah Syndergaard Mets 145.1 3.22 2.86 24.3% 3.8
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Today's Lineups

MARLINS METS
JT Riddle - SS Jose Reyes - SS
Starlin Castro - 2B Jeff McNeil - 2B
Derek Dietrich - 3B Michael Conforto - RF
Peter O'Brien - 1B Jay Bruce - 1B
Lewis Brinson - CF Todd Frazier - 3B
Isaac Galloway - LF Dominic Smith - LF
Chad Wallach - C Austin Jackson - CF
Sandy Alcantara - RHP Tomas Nido - C
Magneuris Sierra - RF Noah Syndergaard - RHP

Matchup Summary

Kudos to the Mets for orchestrating a fun atmosphere for David Wright’s final game. The Marlins eventually ran out of competent pitchers, but held the game scoreless until the 13th inning.

Let’s play one more game. Believe it or not, the result matters:

Out of respect to the All-Star catcher, Don Mattingly is handing his managerial duties to J.T. Realmuto. It continues Mattingly’s tradition of utilizing “player coaches” in the season finale.

  • 2016: manager Martín Prado

2017: manager A.J. Ellis, bench coach Martín Prado, pitching coach Odrisamer Despaigne

  • 2018: manager J.T. Realmuto

The gesture also assists the tanking effort—the Marlins have a 11-30 record this season when Realmuto doesn’t start (though he has the option of inserting himself as a pinch-hitter).

Off the field, we have a promising development regarding outfielder Víctor Víctor Mesa, the club’s No. 1 target in international free agency:

Some individual accomplishments to watch for on Sunday:

  • Lewis Brinson can lift his batting average back above .200 with at least two hits
  • The race for the team lead in total bases between Starlin Castro (237) and Brian Anderson (236) comes down to the wire

Final first pitch of 2018 at 3:10 p.m.

Thread Question: What kind of offseason coverage do you want to see from Fish Stripes?