MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Miami0 1 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 8130
NY Mets0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 490
  W: C. Smith (10-10)   L: S. Matz (10-10)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 23, 2019
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 21,189

Mets face Marlins needing lots of wins, lots of help

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Miami Marlins at New York Mets

  1. The Mets have gone 11-4 against the Marlins this season, outscoring Miami, 77-48 (+29). Mets pitching has a 3.09 ERA against the Marlins compared to a 4.41 ERA against all other teams -- their relievers have a 2.66 mark against Miami compared to a 5.29 mark otherwise.
  2. Miami has gone an MLB-worst 13-36 (.265) since August 1, pitching to a 5.66 ERA over that span, third worst in the National League. The Marlins have allowed 94 home runs since the beginning of last month, trailing only the Rockies (95) league-wide.
  3. Starlin Castro has 54 extra-base hits this season. He is one of three National League second basemen with at least 50, along with Atlanta's Ozzie Albies (73) and Los Angeles' Max Muncy (55) (based on most played position in 2019).
  4. New York has won four of its last five following three losses in its previous four games. One more win this season will give the Mets just their third winning season since 2009.
  5. Pete Alonso has 334 total bases this season, currently ranking 14th in a rookie season all-time. He is 40 shy of the all-time record of 374, jointly held by Tony Oliva (1964 Twins) and Hal Trosky (1934 Indians).
  6. Caleb Smith has the lowest opponent batting average (.217) among the 30 left-handed pitchers who have faced at least 500 batters this season. He is allowing 1.87 home runs per nine innings, ranking fifth in the same population of pitchers, ahead of opposing starter Steven Matz (1.51, seventh).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2019 thru 9/26/2019

The New York Mets will continue their long-shot playoff push Monday night with a twist: This time, they'll be rooting for a division rival to beat someone not named the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Mets will look to gain a little ground in the National League wild-card race Monday night when they host the Miami Marlins in the opener of a four-game series.

Steven Matz (10-9, 4.16 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against the Marlins' Caleb Smith (9-10, 4.24 ERA) in a matchup of left-handers.

Both teams won Sunday, when the visiting Mets rode a four-run first inning to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds, and the host Marlins avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Washington Nationals 5-3.

The win by the Mets (81-74) assured them of just their third non-losing season this decade and kept them 4 1/2 games behind in the race for a National League wild-card spot. The scorching Brewers (86-70), who completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 4-3 win, are 15-2 in their last 17 games to move into a virtual tie with the Nationals (85-79) for the top wild card.

The Brewers are off Monday while the Nationals host the Phillies, who are six games behind the wild-card teams. On Tuesday night, the Mets can hope for some help from the Reds, who host Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series.

Of course, none of it matters if the Mets don't win, and win a lot, in the final week.

"We're playing good baseball," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Sunday afternoon. "We just need to continue to put pressure on others and keep moving forward and focus on one game. We're (still) playing for something."

The Marlins (54-101) have been playing out the string for most of a second straight rebuilding season. But playing spoiler against the Nationals served as a reminder of the peskiness and resiliency Miami has displayed under Don Mattingly, who signed a two-year extension on Friday to remain the team's manager through the overhaul process.

Now the Marlins will look to continue impacting the playoff race during the penultimate series of the season.

"As for the Nationals, we came in hoping to knock them out of the playoff race a little bit," Marlins rookie outfielder Austin Dean told reporters Sunday afternoon. "Hopefully, that is a little wake-up call for the next couple of games."

Matz took the loss in his most recent start Sept. 16, when he gave up seven runs over four innings as the Mets fell to the Colorado Rockies 9-4.

Smith earned the win in his most recent start Sept. 17, when he allowed four runs over five innings in the Marlins' 12-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Matz is 4-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 11 career starts against the Marlins. Smith is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in four starts against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2019

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