The Mets (40-50, 13.5 GB in NL East) open their second half schedule with a three-game series against the Marlins (33-55, 19.5 GB in NL East), starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets went 38-30 in the second half of their schedule in 2018. ... The road has not been friendly to the Mets this season, as they've gone just 17-31 away from Citi Field. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .413 with 15 runs, four home runs, and 16 RBIs over his last 18 games. ... Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with 68 RBIs before the All-Star break.
|Miguel Rojas, SS||Jeff McNeil, RF|
|Curtis Granderson, LF||JD Davis, LF|
|Garrett Cooper, 1B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Brian Anderson, 3B||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Starlin Castro, 2B||Robinson Cano, 2B|
|Harold Ramirez, RF||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Jorge Alfaro, C||Michael Conforto, CF|
|JT Riddle, CF||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Caleb Smith, LHP||Jason Vargas, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Marlins?
LHP Caleb Smith (4-4, 3.50 ERA), who has faced the Mets once this season, earning a no-decision against them on April 1st, allowing two earned over five innings of work. ... Smith missed a month due to left hip inflammation, but he returned to make one start against the Braves on July 6, earning his fourth win of the season, pitching six innings allowing three earned runs.
Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (3-4, 3.77 ERA), who has been one of the Mets' most consistent pitchers this season, posting a 2.76 ERA over his last 12 starts. ... In his last start before the break, Vargas allowed three earned over 5.1 innings in a loss to the Yankees. ... Vargas has faced Miami once this season, earning a win on April 2nd, allowing two earned runs over five innings.
The Mets and Marlins continue their three-game set on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. Noah Syndergaard (6-4, 4.68 ERA) will look to rebound from a shaky first half against Marlins righty Zac Gallen (0-1, 4.50 ERA).