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Mets vs. Marlins Series Preview

All the details as the Marlins wear Legacy Red for their weekend series against the Mets.

Miami Marlins center fielder Starling Marte (6) reacts after hitting a double against the New York Mets during the ninth inning at Citi Field.  Photo by Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins return home for a seven game homestand. They’ll host the New York Mets this weekend and the team will also be debuting their City Connect uniforms in the 3-game series. Fish Stripes’ very own Ely Sussman wrote about the Marlins’ “Legacy” jerseys and its inspiration from the Cuban Sugar Kings, which you can read here.

In this series preview, you’ll get all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, May 21 at 7:10 pm

Saturday, May 22 at 4:10 pm

Sunday, May 23 at 1:10 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

New York Mets starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (45) delivers a pitch in the 1st inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Jordan Yamamoto
Photo by Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Marcus Stroman vs. RHP John Curtiss

  • Stroman: 2.72 ERA, 1.058 WHIP, 18.7 K%, 46.0 HardHit% in 46.1 IP
  • Curtiss: 3.15 ERA, 1.150 WHIP, 28.9 K%, 51.8 HardHit% in 20.0 IP

Saturday: LHP Joey Lucchesi vs. RHP Pablo López

  • Lucchesi: 9.19 ERA, 1.532 WHIP, 23.3 K%, 35.4 HardHit% in 15.2 IP
  • López: 3.12 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, 22.7 K%, 28.8 HardHit% in 49.0 IP

Sunday: RHP Jordan Yamamoto vs. RHP Cody Poteet

  • Yamamoto: 3.38 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 8.3 K%, 40.0 HardHit% in 2.2 IP
  • Poteet: 1.80 ERA, 0.900 WHIP, 23.1 K%, 35.7 HardHit% in 10.0 IP

Note: Former Marlins pitcher Jordan Yamamoto has been announced as the Mets’ starting pitcher on Sunday.

  • Yamamoto as a Marlin, 2019-2020: 19 G/90.0 IP, 4-6 Win-Loss record, 6.20 ERA, 1.378 WHIP, 81 H, 62 ER, 19 HR, 43 BB, 95 K
  • Yamamoto as a Met, 2021: In one appearance, he went 2.2 innings and gave up 4 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 1 batter.

Recent Lineups

NYM: Villar, Lindor, Alonso, Smith, McCann, Peraza, Fargas, Lee. NYM Bench: Nido, Maybin, Mazeika, Hager, Tovar. NYM IL: Pillar, McNeil, Conforto, Almora Jr., Nimmo, Davis, Guillorme, Martinez. MIA: Chisholm, Rojas, Aguilar, Duvall, Dickerson, Anderson, Leon, Sierra. MIA Bench: Diaz, Berti, Cooper, Wallach. MIA IL: Brinson, Alfaro, Marte. MIA AAA: Devers, Harrison.
Please note that both the Mets and Marlins lineups listed here are by default the projections vs. RHP. The columns to the right with a red header are past lineups vs. LHP. Similarly, the columns to the right with a blue header are past lineups vs. RHP.

What to watch for on...

Friday: Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.

  • Stroman is such a fun guy to watch on the mound. He plays with emotion, likes to mess with batters’ timing, struts off the mound after striking opposing batters out.
  • Most of the Marlins’ hitters haven’t faced Stroman, but Corey Dickerson saw him frequently when he was with the Rays and Stroman was with the Blue Jays. In 34 career plate appearances, Dickerson has collected 14 hits, 2 being home runs, walked once, and struck out 5 times. That’s a career line of .424/.441/.758 versus Stroman.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez (49) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Pablo López
Photo by Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports

Saturday: Pablo López at home.

  • López has been dominant at home this season but struggled on the road. In 4 starts at home, he has held opposing hitters to a dismal batting average against of .171 while allowing only 2 earned runs. While his ERA at home is a magnificent 0.79, his ERA on the road is an equally uninspiring 5.13 in 5 games, courtesy of 15 earned runs allowed.
  • The Mets offense has not been very good this season. They have scored the fewest runs, collected the fewest hits, and have the least total bases in all of the National League. Their two biggest offseason acquisitions — Francisco Lindor and James McCann have been terrible. Lindor is slashing .189/.301/.280 with an adjusted OPS 33% worse than league average; McCann is slashing .202/.269/.242 with an adjusted OPS 53% worse than league average. I’m feeling a big game from López on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday: Cody Poteet makes his first start at LoanDepot Park.

  • Poteet’s first two career starts have been good. In a combined 10.0 innings, he’s allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, walking 2 batters, and striking out 9.
  • He’s pitching at home for the first time on Sunday and going against a division rival. Can he keep up the good work?


How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
  • 82%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    Mets win, 2-1
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mets sweep, 3-0
    (0 votes)
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