The Mets (81-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) begin their final homestand of the regular season in a four-game series with the Marlins (73-82, 41.0 GB in NL East) Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Riding a six-game win streak against the Marlins since the second half of the season began, taking 2 of 3 in July and sweeping them in August in a four-game series. ...Coming off a 6-3 win over the Reds that saw Michael Conforto crush a three-run homer in the first inning to open up the scoring. ...Pete Alonso became the first rookie in MLB history to hit 50 home runs and 30 doubles in a season in the win. ...Alonso still has a shot at beating Aaron Judge's rookie home run record with seven games remaining.
|Jon Berti, CF||Amed Rosario, SS|
|Miguel Rojas, SS||Jeff McNeil, 2B|
|Starlin Castro, 3B||Pete Alonso, 1B|
|Jorge Alfaro, C||J.D. Davis, LF|
|Harold Ramirez, LF||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Isan Diaz, 2B||Todd Frazier, 3B|
|Austin Dean, 1B||Michael Conforto, RF|
|Lewis Brinson, RF||Juan Lagares, CF|
|Caleb Smith, LHP||Steven Matz, LHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (10-9, 4.16 ERA), who will make his 100th career start Monday against the Marlins. Took his first loss of the month last week against the Rockies. Gave up seven earned runs, including two home runs, on six hits. Struckout four batters and walked two in a 9-4 loss. Saw his ERA drop dramatically over the month of August from 4.60 to 3.84 on September 11, before the loss to Colorado.
Who is starting for the Marlins?
LHP Caleb Smith (9-10, 4.24 ERA), who has picked up four losses in his last six starts. In his last time out, threw 5.0 innings of baseball, allowing 4 earned runs on eight hits. Has allowed a home run in all but one game in the last two months. Has a 3.27 ERA against the Mets this year, giving up seven hits in 11.0 innings pitched.
The Mets continue their four-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday night. RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.22 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets while the Marlins go with RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-14, 4.00 ERA) as their starter. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on SNY.