The Miami Marlins took two of the three games in their weekend series against the Phillies. They’ll face the New York Mets next, who swept the Fish last week. The Mets are sitting in third place with a 69-69 record, just four games back from the NL East division lead. Their playoff hopes aren’t officially squashed, but it will take a bit of good luck: FanGraphs’ playoff odds for the Mets are a meager 6.8%.
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 7 at 6:40 pm
Wednesday, September 8 at 6:40 pm
Thursday, September 9 at 6:40 pm
- TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
- Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
- Carlos Carrasco, Mets starting pitcher on Tuesday Photo by Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports
- Edward Cabrera, Marlins starting pitcher on Tuesday Photo by Rhona Wise/USA TODAY Sports
- Rich Hill, Mets starting pitcher on Wednesday Photo by Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports
- Sandy Alcantara, Marlins starting pitcher on Wednesday Photo by Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports
- Marcus Stroman, Mets starting pitcher on Thursday Photo by Neville E. Guard/USA TODAY Sports
- Jesús Luzardo, Marlins starting pitcher on Thursday Photo by Rhona Wise/USA TODAY Sports
- Carrasco: 6.59 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 23.1 K%, 36.4 HardHit% in 28.2 IP
- Cabrera: 5.23 ERA, 1.355 WHIP, 10.0 K%, 51.6 HardHit% in 10.1 IP
- Hill: 3.92 ERA, 1.180 WHIP, 21.7 K%, 35.1 HardHit% in 133.0 IP
- Alcantara: 3.36 ERA, 1.124 WHIP, 23.3 K%, 39.4 HardHit% in 171.2 IP
- Stroman: 2.93 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, 21.3 K%, 43.4 HardHit% in 156.2 IP
- Luzardo: 7.00 ERA, 1.653 WHIP, 19.4 K%, 41.9 HardHit% in 72.0 IP
What to watch for on...
Tuesday: Slow down Pete Alonso.
- Alonso in Sept.: 10-for-24, four doubles, one triple, one home run, five RBIs.
- His Sept. slash-line of .417/.444/.792 is impressive and the Home Run Derby champ is hitting the ball extremely hard. Alonso and the Mets will face Marlins’ rookie Edward Cabrera in back-to-back starts and just his third career big league game. Last week against the Mets, Cabrera allowed three earned runs on seven hits over four innings.
Wednesday: Sandy Alcantara’s rematch against the Mets.
- Alcantara’s Sept. 2 start against the Mets: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
- Both team’s lead-off batters—Miguel Rojas and Jonathan Villar—hit first-inning, first-pitch home runs. After allowing the lead-off dinger, Alcantara settled in and cruised through three innings. He was shaky in the fourth, allowing a run to score on back-to-back hits before balking in a run. The Mets took the lead and would score once more before Sandy was replaced in the seventh inning. He wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen lately and he’ll remember that against the Mets on Wednesday.
Thursday: Jesús Luzardo needs to keep improving.
- Luzardo’s last start: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
- It wasn’t as good as his previous outing, but Luzardo is trending in the right direction. Over his last two starts, opposing batters are hitting just .146 against the lefty with a .581 OPS. He’ll look to continue improving on Thursday night.
How will this series play out?
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Marlins sweep, 3-0
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Mets sweep, 3-0