Preview: Mets at Marlins

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5-Day Forecast
GAME: New York Mets (84-74) at Miami Marlins (78-79)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 28 - 7:10 PM EST
WHERE: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Miami Marlins are trying to battle through a whirlwind of emotions as they wrap up a three-game series against the visiting New York Mets on Wednesday night. While Miami will be playing their third game following the tragic death of pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Mets are looking to maintain their grip on the top wild card in the National League.

Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes each clubbed their 31st homers with a pair of two-run shots to jump-start New York in Tuesday's 12-1 victory. Cespedes ended a 14-game drought without a blast and Bruce has homered twice while hitting safely in four straight following a stretch of 13 contests without an extra-base hit. The Marlins posted an emotion-filled 7-3 victory in the series opener, paying tribute to their fallen teammate by wearing his uniform number and leaving their caps on the pitching mound afterward. The mood Tuesday was naturally more subdued for Miami, which can finish above .500 for the first time since 2009 by winning three of its last four games.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), FSN Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA) vs. Marlins RH José Ureña (4-8, 5.95)

Lugo is coming off consecutive no-decisions against Philadelphia and Minnesota, lasting five innings in each and permitting a combined four runs on eight hits. He won his previous four starts in impressive fashion, surrendering a total of five runs over 25 innings to add a much-needed reliable arm to the injury-ravaged rotation. Lugo made his lone career start against the Marlins on Aug. 30, earning the win with six innings of two-run ball. 

Urena came within one out of a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers on Sept. 11, but he followed that up with back-to-back clunkers in a pair of abbreviated performances. The 25-year-old Dominican lasted three innings and gave up five runs in a loss to Atlanta last time out, which came on the heels of a seven-run, two-inning drubbing at Philadelphia. He is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four appearances (two starts) versus the Mets.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mets LHP Steve Matz will undergo season-ending surgery next week to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow.

2. The Marlins agreed with 3B Martin Prado on a three-year, $40 milion deal. 

3. Mets CF Juan Lagares had a sacrifice fly Tuesday, his first time swinging fully since undergoing surgery on his thumb on Aug. 1.

PREDICTION: Mets 5, Marlins 4

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
NY Mets 84-74 W1 44-37 40-37 37-35 22-10 13-21 12-8
Miami 78-79 L1 40-39 38-40 31-40 21-13 20-12 6-14

Last Meeting

NY Mets Miami
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/27/16 NYM 12 MIA 1 .432 2 1.172 .188 0 .400

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NYM Y. Cespedes .339 20 .965
MIA C. Yelich .377 26 1.043
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NYM C. Granderson 3 12 9
MIA G. Stanton 6 10 12
Pitching ERA Avg K
NYM 3.38 .264 147
MIA 4.28 .262 137
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
NYM A. Cabrera .284 144 .823
MIA J. Realmuto .306 154 .780
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
NYM J. Bruce 31 72 94
MIA G. Stanton 27 56 74
Pitching ERA Avg K
NYM 3.61 .245 1361
MIA 4.01 .263 1351

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

NY Mets Overall Miami
84-74 W/L 78-79
73-85 RL W/L 74-83
74-81-3 O/U 78-73-6
4.14 Runs For 4.06
3.84 Runs Against 4.21
NY Mets A/H Miami
40-37 W/L 40-39
39-38 RL W/L 35-44
35-41-1 O/U 33-43-3
4.09 Runs For 3.80
3.96 Runs Against 3.76