Sunday afternoon on the MLB diamond and a pair of teams from the National League East will duke it out as the New York Mets pay a visit to Marlins Park in Miami, Florida to tangle with Miami Marlins in the final game of a three-game series. The Mets took game one by a score of 6-2. Pitching Probables: The Mets will trot out Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 3.17 ERA) and he will be opposed by Wei-Yin Chen (4-8, 5.48 ERA).
Mets Get Another Strong Start From Wheeler
The New York Mets are not going to the playoffs, but they have to be pleased with the pitching that they have been getting from Zack Wheeler. If he keeps it up and met pitchers can stay healthy next year, then they have a real shot of getting back in the race for a playoff spot. In game one of this series, the Mets won by a score of 6-2 and Wheeler allowed just two ERs on four hits and a walk while striking out four in 7.0 innings of work to grab the win. He is now 7-6 with a 3.82 ERA on the year, including 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. He has been a bright spot for them of late. The Mets pounded out 13 hits in the game and Ahmed Roasio had three of them while driving in two runs. Austin Jackson also had three hits and he drove in a run while scoring twice. New York will now enter Saturday’s game having won three of their last four games. The Mets have averaged 4.75 rpg and have allowed 5.33 rpg on the road for the year.
Taking the hill for the Mets will be Noah Syndergaard and he has gone 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 15 starts on the year, including 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in six starts on the road. In his career, he has gone 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 35 starts on the road and 7-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 13 starts during the month of August, plus 10-6 with a 2.87 ERA in 26 day starts, while against the Marlins he has gone 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts, including 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts here at Marlins Park.
The Mets have been poor on offense so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.94 rpg, while also ranking 30th in hitting at .230 and 23rd in homers with 114. On the mound, they have been below average so far as they enter this contest ranked 19th in the league in ERA at 4.34 while also ranking 17th in WHIP at 1.32 and 15th in K’s with 989. The pen for the Mets ranks 26th in the league with a 4.82 ERA.
Another Home Loss For Urena
The Marlins have had a really rough season so far, but maybe not as rough as Jose Urena has had. In game one of this series, he allowed four ERs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three in 5.1 innings of work to fall to 3-12 with a 4.74 ERA on the year. He had been pitching better earlier in the year but is now 2-3 with a 7.40 ERA in his last five starts. Even worse has been his play at home as he is now just 1-9 with a 4.45 ERA here at Marlins Park for the year. Yikes. Miami’s scoring in the game came on a two-run shot by Miguel Rojas in the 7th inning. It was his 9th round-tripper of the season. That offense has issues and will be even weaker down the stretch after trading Justin Bour away to the Phillies on Friday. The Fish have the 2nd worst offense in the league and have averaged just 2.12 rpg over their last eight games. Miami has averaged 3.49 rpg and has allowed 4.28 rpg here at Marlins Park for the year.
Getting the nod for the Marlins will be Wei-Yin Chen and he has gone 4-8 with a 5.48 ERa and a 1.43 WHIP in 18 starts on the year, including 3-2 with a 1.94 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in nine starts here at home. In his career, he has gone 28-18 with a 3.85 ERA in 82 games (81 starts) in his home games and 11-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 starts during the month of August, plus 17-15 with a 4.05 ERA in 49 games (48 starts) in the daytime, while against the Mets he has gone 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts. Chen is 4-3 with a 4.13 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) here at Marlins Park in his career.
The Marlins have been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 29th in the league in scoring, putting up 3.72 rpg, while also ranking 23rd in hitting at .241 and 29th in homers with 95. On the mound, they have been poor as they enter this contest ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 4.81, while also ranking 26th in WHIP at 1.40 and 22nd in K’s with 931. The Marlins have a pen ERA of 5.18, which is 29th in the league