Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

1.5 Games Back.

The Mets are only 1.5 games back in the Wild Card Race! Winners of 12 of their last 13, the Mets won last night thanks to another great post trade-deadline start from Wheeler, Ramos’ big bat and an Alonso jack to boot. Now the Mets have one more matinee game against the Marlins before an off-day and then a much tougher schedule.

Steven Matz is 6-7 over 22 games and 20 starts tossing 103.2 innings with a 4.60 ERA, 4.77 FIP, 1.399 WHIP and 89 ERA+. He’s coming off a rough start where he fell apart after a couple of strong innings, allowing 5 runs over 3.2 innings from 6 hits and a walk. Before that start in the month of July he allowed only 4 runs over 20.0 innings with opponents hitting against him with a .266 OBP and .629 OPS. In two starts against the Marlins this year he has tossed 9.0 innings against them allowing 5 runs, but 3 earned off 2 homers, 11 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will get a look at Jordan Yamamoto. Does that sound familiar? He was originally supposed to start the game yesterday, listed as a probable pitcher early in the morning before the Marlins called up Hector Noesi. The 23 year-old rookie (Yamamoto) is 4-2 over his first 9 starts in the majors with a 3.94 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 1.042 WHIP and 106 ERA+. Since July 21st he has hit his first rough patch as a major league player. He has made three starts pitching 14.0 innings allowing 13 hits and 15 runs with opponents getting on base at a .323 clip and hitting a .841 OPS. Before this tumble, he was enjoying a 1.59 ERA. .258 Opponent OBP and .418 Opponent OPS over 6 starts and 34.0 innings. This will be his first start against the Mets.

Let’s Go Mets!

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