Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

What a weekend for the Mets! The Mets finally swept a series at home and put together a winning streak against the division leading Arizona Diamondbacks. Yesterday, Syndergaard pitched one of his best games of the year holding the Diamondbacks to 1 run. The Mets offense wouldn’t show up until late with Rosario hitting a solo shot to knot the game at one, Cabrera hitting a two run shot to put the Mets ahead, and Rosario, again, hitting a ball out of the park on the next pitch.

Jason Vargas gets the start tonight and this is a big moment for the 2018 Mets. Can Vargas, who has struggled so far this season, keep the winning going? In three starts this year Vargas has allowed 19 runs from 26 hits and 7 walks in 12.1 innings. His last start, which was all the way back on May 8th, was his best one where he allowed 4 runs in 4.0 innings. Unsurprisingly, between the amount of time that Vargas has spent in the American League and the amount of new-to-baseball players on the Marlins roster, only two Marlins batters have seen Vargas in a major league game: Castro (3-8, 3 2B, 2 BB) and Maybin (4-6).

Despite three wins this weekend, the Mets bats as a whole haven’t woken up yet (however it was a great weekend for two of the sleepiest bats this year – Conforto and Rosario), so the Mets bats will hope to wake up against rookie pitcher Elieser Hernandez. Elieser is a rule 5 pick from the Astros, so he must stay on the roster for the entire season. He was held up for about 6 weeks due to a tooth infection and finally made his major league debut on the 10th where he pitched 8.0 innings allowing only 2 runs off 9 hits and a walk while striking out 3. In four rehab games this year he allowed 10 runs, 8 earned, over 15.0 innings from 16 hits and 8 walks.

Let’s Go Mets!

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