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Mets vs. Marlins Series Preview

All the details for this mid-week series.

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) tags out New York Mets second baseman Jonathan Villar (1) on a fielders choice during the fourth inning at Citi Field.  Photo by Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports

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

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: RHP Carlos Carrasco vs. RHP Edward Cabrera

  • 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

Wednesday: LHP Rich Hill vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara

  • 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

Thursday: RHP Marcus Stroman vs. LHP Jesús Luzardo

  • 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

Recent Lineups

Mets most recent lineup: Villar (3B), Lindor (SS), Conforto (RF), Alonso (1B), Baez (2B), Pillar (CF), McNeil (LF), McCann (C), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Mets over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com
Marlins most recent lineup: Rojas (SS), Chisholm Jr. (2B), Brinson (CF), Sanchez (RF), De La Cruz (LF), Panik (1B), Jackson (C), Díaz (3B), Pitcher’s spot.
Starting lineups used by the Marlins over the last seven games.
Baseball-Reference.com

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.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in front of Washington Nationals second baseman Luis Garcia (2) after hitting a double during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. 
Mets’ Pete Alonso
Photo by Scott Taetsch/USA TODAY Sports

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.

Poll

How will this series play out?

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  • 0%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
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  • 16%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (1 vote)
  • 50%
    Mets win, 2-1
    (3 votes)
  • 33%
    Mets sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
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