New York Mets (65-84 SU, 66-83 RL, 84-53-12 O/U) vs. Miami Marlins (69-80 SU, 75-74 RL, 76-62-11 O/U)
MLB: Monday, September 18, 2017, Marlins Park, Miami, Florida, 7:10 pm ET
Lines: Miami -155, New York +145; Over/Under: 8.5
It’s the start of a series between a pair of NL East teams playing for pride in South Beach. The New York Mets continue a road swing as they open a three game series against the Miami Marlins Monday night. New York took two of three from Atlanta after winning the rubber game 5-1 on the road Sunday afternoon. Miami dropped two of three in their “home” series that was relocated to Miller Park against the Brewers as they lost 10-3 in the finale Sunday. The Marlins took two of three in the last series between the teams, which came August 18-20 in the Big Apple.
New York Mets Looking to Win Third Straight
New York snapped a five game skid with back to back wins in Atlanta and improved to 2-4 on this road trip. The Mets scored twice in the first inning to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, then added three runs in the ninth to put it away. Norichika Aoki (run) led the Mets with three hits in the game. Asdrubal Cabrera (his 13th) hit a pinch hit two-run homer in the ninth to break the game open while Jose Reyes, Amed Rosario and Phillip Evans each drove in a run. Robert Gsellman (7-7) picked up the win as he threw seven innings, allowing one run (none earned) on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
Matt Harvey gets the call for the Mets as he makes his 17th start of the season in this contest. He is 5-5 with a 6.14 ERA, a 1.574 WHIP, 40 walks and 60 strikeouts over 80.2 innings this season. Harvey took the loss his last time out, which came against the Cubs on the road Wednesday night. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts in a 17-5 Mets loss. Harvey is 1-2 with a 12.19 ERA, a 2.42 WHIP, five walks and six strikeouts over 10.1 innings of work in his last three starts. He is 2-3 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.203 WHIP over 60.2 innings in his 10 career starts against the Marlins. Harvey is 1-2 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.139 WHIP over six starts covering 36 innings at Marlins Park in his career.
Miami Marlins Trying to Stop Miserable Slide
Miami lost for the 17th time in 20 games as they were drubbed in the finale of their series against the Brewers. The Marlins went from the fringes of wild card contention near the end of August to fighting to hold onto second place in the NL East with nothing else to play for. Miami gave up eight runs in the top of the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and never recovered. Dee Gordon and Justin Bour (run) each had two hits for Miami in the game. Ichiro Suzuki (two RBI) and Derek Dietrich (run) each drove in runs for the Marlins. Dillon Peters (0-2) took the loss as he allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 3.2 innings.
Dan Straily takes the mound for his 31st start of the season for the Marlins, trying to recapture his first half magic. He is 9-9 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.264 WHIP, 49 walks and 150 strikeouts over 167.2 innings of work. Straily was hammered in taking the loss his last time out, which came Wednesday on the road against the Phillies. He threw six innings, allowing eight runs on 13 hits with one walk and five strikeouts in an 8-1 Miami defeat. Straily is 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA, a 2.12 ERA, five walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings in his last three starts. He makes his fourth career start against the Mets in this contest seeking his first win. Straily is 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.149 WHIP over 15.2 innings of work. He is 4-4 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.286 WHIP over 88.2 innings in his 16 career starts at Marlins Park.
- Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 overall
- Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 games on grass
- Mets are 1-8 in their last 9 road games
- No Key Trends
Both teams are floundering as things have fallen apart: for the Mets, that came back in late May and early June while the Marlins imploded in September. In the end, it all amounts to the same thing: nothing to play for but pride at this point for either team. Straily was solid in the first half but is 2-5 with a 5.73 ERA since the All Star break. With that said, Harvey has been awful all season long and was pasted by the Cubs. Look for the Marlins, glad to be back home, to pick up a win to open the series.