The last week of the 2021 regular season is upon us. The Miami Marlins’ final road series begins Tuesday afternoon against the New York Mets. The Fish will play a doubleheader today, making up a rain-out from Sept. 1. Coming into the series, the Marlins carry a 5-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 games.
This series preview will give you all the details:
- Schedule, Watch, Listen
- Probable Pitchers
- Recent Lineups
- What To Watch For
Schedule, Watch, Listen
Tuesday, September 28 at 4:10 pm & Game 2 follows
Wednesday, September 29 at 7:10 pm
Thursday, September 30 at 7:10 pm
- TV broadcast for all games: Bally Sports Florida
- Radio broadcast for all games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
- Zach Thompson, Marlins starting pitcher on Tuesday (Game 1) Photo by Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports
- Marcus Stroman, Mets starting pitcher on Tuesday (Game 1) Photo by Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports
- Trevor Rogers, Marlins starting pitcher on Tuesday (Game 2) @marlins/Instagram
- Noah Syndergaard, Mets starting pitcher on Tuesday (Game 2) Photo by Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports
- Elieser Hernandez, Marlins starting pitcher on Wednesday Photo by Rhona Wise/USA TODAY Sports
- Taijuan Walker, Mets starting pitcher on Wednesday Photo by Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
- Edward Cabrera, Marlins starting pitcher on Thursday @marlins/Instagram
- Tylor Megill, Mets starting pitcher on Thursday Photo by Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports
- Thompson: 3.30 ERA, 1.211 WHIP, 20.1 K%, 34.4 HardHit% in 71.0 IP
- Stroman: 3.00 ERA, 1.138 WHIP, 21.7 K%, 42.2 HardHit% in 174.0 IP
- Rogers: 2.67 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 28.3 K%, 37.3 HardHit% in 128.0 IP
- Syndergaard: First start since 2019, injured elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery
- Hernandez: 4.24 ERA, 1.329 WHIP, 22.9 K%, 37.6 HardHit% in 46.2 IP
- Walker: 4.57 ERA, 1.207 WHIP, 22.4 K%, 40.2 HardHit% in 151.2 IP
- Cabrera: 5.79 ERA, 1.671 WHIP, 20.6 K%, 46.9 HardHit% in 23.1 IP
- Megill: 4.78 ERA, 1.335 WHIP, 25.7 K%, 42.9 HardHit% in 84.2 IP
What to watch for on...
Tuesday: Let’s play two!
- As we try to soak up the last bit of baseball, don’t forget today’s doubleheader! The Marlins have been frustrating to watch, but there’s not much baseball left before the offseason.
- Trevor Rogers is on the mound for the Fish and is coming off a stellar performance against the Nationals: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Facing the Mets at the beginning of the season, Rogers dominated his way to his first win of the season by allowed just three hits and striking out 10 batters.
Wednesday: Can the Marlins hitters attack Taijuan Walker?
- Walker post-All Star break: 7.74 ERA, 1.456 WHIP, 18.5 K%, 36.5 HardHit% in 57.0 IP (12 games)
- The second half of the season has been a dismal one for Walker. His ERA has jumped more than five runs from the first to second half (2.66 vs. 7.74). Opposing batters have a .270 batting average against Walker in the second half with a .913 OPS. In 37.2 fewer innings, Walker’s allowed 14 more home. We’ll see if the Marlins bats wake up on Wednesday.
Thursday: The long ball against Tylor Megill.
- Over the last month, Megill has allowed 12 home runs across six starts. One-third of the hits he allows leave the yard.
- In his last outing against the Brewers, three of Megill’s five hits were home runs. He lasted just four innings, walking four batters and striking out two. Marlins hitters are below average at putting the ball in the air and have the third-fewest home runs in MLB, left-handed hitters like Jesús Sánchez and Lewin Díaz are guys to watch against the right-handed Megill who has been prone to the long ball recently.
How will this series play out?
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Marlins sweep, 4-0
Marlins win, 3-1
Tie, 2 wins apiece
Mets win, 3-1
Mets sweep, 4-0