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  W: A. Bender (3-2)   L: E. Díaz (5-6)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, September 8, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 6,378

Mets, in must-win mode, face Marlins

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Mets at Miami Marlins

  1. The two teams have split 12 games this season so far with the Marlins winning five of seven at loanDepot park. All 12 games have been decided by four or fewer runs and five of the games by one run each.
  2. The Mets have won seven of their last nine games. Their last five losses have been by one run and 10 of their last 14 losses overall. The Mets lead MLB with 54 one-run games and 27 one-run losses this season.
  3. The Marlins are 6-4 in their last 10 games after losing their previous eight games. One more loss will guarantee Miami will finish .500 or worse on the season. They were 31-29 last year and have not had back-to-back winning seasons since 2008 and 2009.
  4. Pete Alonso hit his 99th career home run on Monday in his 346th career game. The only MLB player in the modern era (since 1900) to hit 100 home runs in his first 350 career games is the Phillies' Ryan Howard, who hit his 100th home run in his 325th career game.
  5. Jazz Chisholm Jr. is batting .288 in 55 home games this season compared to .211 in 44 road games. Against the Mets this season, he has 12 hits in 11 games, his second most against any team behind 15 hits against Atlanta.
  6. Carlos Carrasco has yet to earn a win in seven starts as a Met, which includes a no-decision at Miami on August 4 when he allowed two runs in 4.1 innings. Edward Cabrera is making his third career start and second straight against the Mets (4.0 IP at Citi Field last Tuesday).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/7/2021 thru 9/9/2021

The New York Mets, who have remained in the playoff race by winning eight of their past 10 games, could be running out of time.

Mets catcher James McCann realizes this as his team gets set to face the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night in the middle game of this week's three-contest series.

"The key is putting blinders on," McCann said. "It's not a marathon anymore. It's a sprint."

Indeed, with less than one month left in the regular season, the Mets (70-69) trail the Atlanta Braves by four games in the National League East.

The Mets are 7-6 against the Marlins (57-81) this year, and now they are set to face Miami right-hander Sandy Alcantara on Wednesday.

New York will start lefty Rich Hill (6-6, 3.92 ERA).

The last time Alcantara (8-13, 3.36 ERA) took the mound, he allowed a first-inning, leadoff homer to Mets third baseman Jonathan Villar last Thursday. Alcantara took the loss, allowing eight hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

For his career against the Mets, Alcantara is 2-4 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts.

Hill has faced the Marlins twice this year - once while with the Tampa Bay Rays and once with the Mets. Hill took a no-decision both times, but the Marlins won each game.

In that first game, on April 3, Hill allowed four runs in four innings. More recently, on Aug. 5, Hill allowed one run (unearned) in five innings while pitching for New York.

In six career games against the Marlins, Hill is 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA. His ERA against the Marlins this year is 4.00.

Hill struggled with a back injury earlier this year. However, he is apparently healthy now.

"My body is feeling great," Hill, 41, said after a recent start.

Hill has lost his past four decisions -- he hasn't won since June 23 -- but the Mets are 4-4 when he starts. He is also coming off a stellar effort last Friday, pitching six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals. It was his best start since May 13, when he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

"You ride it out," Hill said when asked about slumps. "If you panic and do something drastically different, that can lead to those valleys."

The Marlins likely will load their lineup with right-handed batters against Hill. That should include shortstop Miguel Rojas, who was rested on Tuesday, and first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who should be able to return after missing one game due to a sore left knee.

Eddy Alvarez, another right-handed batter, also could be in the lineup.

Alvarez won a silver medal in baseball in this year's Olympics, and he also won silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in speed skating.

He is just the sixth athlete and the third American to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Only Jim Thorpe and Alvarez, who was recalled by the Marlins on Tuesday, have played Major League Baseball and also won an Olympic medal in another sport.

As for his role with the Marlins, manager Don Mattingly likes Alvarez's versatility.

"We can use him for sure," Mattingly said. "He plays a lot of spots in the infield, and he can play the outfield, too."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021