The Marlins fell to the Mets 8-3 Tuesday night as bullpen troubles haunted the team once again. Humberto Mejía got the start and gave up three runs over four innings, but Jesús Aguilar and Brian Anderson each knocked in a run to keep it close. Things came unraveled in the seventh and eighth however, as Nick Vincent, Stephen Tarpley and Brad Boxberger combined to allow the Mets to pull away for the victory with five insurance runs. Playoff odds dropped to 16.3 percent with the loss.
- Prior to the game, not only was Mejia recalled to make the start, but a couple more arms joined the bullpen. Corey Dickerson also was activated from the bereavement list.
- Sandy Alcantara and Miguel Rojas are getting closer to activation from the COVID-19 IL. Rojas apparently needs some more reps at shortstop, while Alcantara claims he’s ready now. Both have been sorely missed, but Alcantara’s return will be especially welcome.
- As the aforementioned pair near a return, there will be others with or right behind them. The front office will have as many as fifteen tough decisions on its hands with some replacement players having played well enough to create a roster logjam.
- Jonathan Villar and Jon Berti were never in danger of losing their roster spots, and instead have been running at a historic pace.
- Next up: The series with the Mets continues at 7:10 from Marlins Park as Pablo Lopez (2-1, 2.25 ERA) takes on reigning Cy Young award winner, Jacob DeGrom (2-0, 2.45 ERA).