The Mets needed to take advantage of their easy schedule of the month of September and after three straight losses to last place teams, the Nationals and Pirates, the Mets were able salvage the final two games of their series at Pittsburgh and win two out of three. Now with their division lead in the NL East down to a mere 0.5 game, they head to play another below .500 team in South Beach, the Miami Marlins!
Mets Record: 87-51
Marlins Record: 56-80
TBD vs Edward Cabrera 4-2, 2.39 ERA
Carlos Carrasco 13-6, 3.91 ERA vs Pablo Lopez 8-9, 3.66 ERA
Taijuan Walker 10-4, 3.60 ERA vs Jesus Luzardo 3-6, 3.36 ERA
What to watch:
After the Mets bats went cold in their last three games only scoring a combined four runs during that stretch, they finally broke out in their final two games of their series against Pittsburgh, scoring a combined 15 runs in the two games. A couple of players who helped the Mets ignite their offense were third baseman Eduardo Escobar and Jeff McNeil. With many of the most prominent and potent hitters dealing with slumps, they helped the Mets revive their offense. For Escobar, went 10 for 19 in his last six games with three home runs to boot! McNeil has also been hot as of late as he has seen his average now climb to .318 good for top five in the NL.
The pitching matchup:
The Mets starting pitching rotation will need to step up this weekend with the news that ace Max Scherzer is heading back to the IL with left side irritation. The good news is that he’s not expected to miss significant time but will miss his previously scheduled start in the first game of the series. For the Marlins in game one, they will have second year man, Edward Caberea. The 24-year-old has been pitching well as of late as in his last start against the Braves on Sept. 3rd, he struck out seven batters in five innings pitched. Game two will have Carlos Carrasco for the Mets and Pablo Lopez for the fish.
Carrasco is making just his second start since coming off the IL and he will look for better results than his previous outing on Sept. 4th where he gave up five runs in just two ⅔ innings pitched. For Miami, they will have Pablo Lopez. Lopez has been a good asset from an already strong Marlins rotation. In his last three starts, he has struck-out a combined 18 batters. Can he follow that up against a Mets team that does not strike out a lot? And finally in the series finale the Mets will feature Taijuan Walker and the Marlins, Jesus Luzardo. Walker, after a dominant first half, has been anything but that pitching to a 6.48 ERA in the second half. The Marlins will feature Jesus Luzardo who has really shined as of late. He has pitched seven innings in two of his three starts and is coming off striking out nine Phillies on Sept. 6th.
Who wins the series?
This is again a series the Mets have to take advantage of. The Marlins are just having a miserable second half and season all together and only scoring more than three runs twice in their last 10 games. This series the Mets can win easily, which is why I have the Mets sweeping this three game series.