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NY Mets1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 241
Miami0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 x 370
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  W: R. Bleier (3-2)   L: J. Familia (9-4)   S: D. Floro (9)
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 9, 2021
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 8,075

Marlins, Mets set for rubber match of three-game set

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 have scored the third-fewest runs in the majors this season, but they rank seventh in ERA.

The good and the bad define the 2021 Mets, who seem too talented for their 70-70 record. Then again, considering the injuries they've had this year, perhaps that mark is a pleasant surprise.

On Thursday night, the Mets will conclude their three-game series at the Miami Marlins (58-81).

The Mets won the series opener 9-4 on Tuesday. However, Miami beat New York 2-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday thanks to Bryan De La Cruz's walk-off hit -- it counted as a single, but his shot slammed off the center field wall.

New York first baseman Pete Alonso, who hit three homers over the previous two games, was held to a double in four at-bats Wednesday. He led the team with 32 homers and 84 RBIs.

"I take pride in putting runs on the board," Alonso said. "I can't always control the outcome of games, but every time I'm in that box, I want to make an impact and help us win."

The Mets, who have won eight of their past 11 games, are just 7-7 against the Marlins this year.

New York will aim to bounce back behind right-hander Marcus Stroman (9-12, 2.93 ERA) on Thursday.

Stroman led the Mets to a 6-5 win on May 21 in Miami. He struck out eight batters in six innings, allowing just six hits, one walk and two runs. He also had a brief outing against the Marlins on April 11, pitching one-third of an inning before the contest was suspended due to rain.

Those were his first two career outings against the Marlins.

Stroman has been remarkably consistent in his career at home (30-30, 3.42 ERA) or away (30-29, 3.87 ERA). September traditionally has been a good month for him (3.04 ERA). Only July has been better (2.78 ERA).

Miami will counter Stroman with lefty Jesus Luzardo (5-7, 7.00 ERA).

Luzardo beat the Mets the only time he has faced them, which was on Aug. 2. In that game, he lasted five innings, allowing four hits, three walks and three runs.

The Marlins are 4-3 in his seven starts since joining the franchise in a July 28 trade.

Luzardo, who turns 24 on Sept. 30, has struggled with his control this year, allowing 4.5 walks per nine innings. He has also allowed 10.4 hits per nine innings, and both of those figures are career highs for the third-year major-leaguer.

As for the Marlins' offense, rookie Lewin Diaz is in for veteran Jesus Aguilar at first base. Aguilar, who went on the injured list on Wednesday due to a sore left knee, has been Miami's most dangerous hitter all year, producing 22 homers and 93 RBIS.

With the Marlins out of playoff contention, the decision to recall Diaz is well within Miami's mission plan. The Marlins want to see what they have in Diaz.

"I'm glad to be back home," Diaz said of his return to the majors. "I know how to play. It's just a matter of staying calm."

At Triple-A Jacksonville this year, Diaz hit .248 with 20 homers and 51 RBIs in 74 games. In 30 career major league games, including his 0-for-4 effort Wednesday, Diaz is batting .132 with three homers and eight RBIs.

"We wanted to get an extended look at Lewin," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "(Aguilar's injury) sped that up."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 9, 2021


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