The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Jon Berti, CF|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Garrett Cooper, RF|
|Robinson Canó, 2B||Brian Anderson, 3B|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Starlin Castro, 2B|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Jorge Alfaro, C|
|Brandon Nimmo, RF||Martín Prado, 1B|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Harold Ramirez, LF|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Miguel Rojas, SS|
|Steven Matz, LHP||Pablo Lopez, RHP|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Steven Matz (3.86 ERA/1.28 WHIP), whose last start came on May 3rd against the Brewers. Matz went 5.2 innings against Milwaukee, allowing three earned runs (two home runs), while taking the loss.
Matz's 0.93 career ERA in Miami is the lowest in the history of Marlins Park (minimum five starts). The lefty has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all five of those starts, including two scoreless outings.
Who is starting for the Marlins?
RHP Pablo Lopez (5.93 ERA/1.29 WHIP), who took a loss against the Mets his last time on the mound on May 10. Lopez managed just three innings while allowing 10 earned runs, including home runs from Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil.
The Mets and Marlins will play the third and final game of their series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Noah Syndergaard will take the hill against Miami's Sandy Alcantara.