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  • Mets @ Marlins: 06/29 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WOR, ESPN, WINZ



    GAME 79, ROAD GAME 39

    Friday, 29th June
    7:10 PM ET
    Marlins Park





    METS -- STANDINGS -- MARLINS



    METS -- LEADERS -- MARLINS



    METS -- BATTING -- MARLINS



    METS -- PITCHING -- MARLINS



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    MARLINS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- MARLINS

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    Marlins Turn to Rookie Pitcher Against Mets



    MIAMI, FL -- The New York Mets have their staff ace, at least for the next few weeks. The Miami Marlins hope they begin finding their next ace Friday night.

    Rookie Sandy Alcantara is scheduled to make his season debut and his first major league start Friday night when the Marlins host the Mets in the opener of a three-game series between the two teams battling to stay out of the National League East basement at Marlins Park.

    Both teams are coming off losses in their most recent games. The host Marlins fell Thursday afternoon to the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0. The Mets were off Thursday after suffering a 5-3 loss Wednesday night to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

    The present is pretty bleak for the Mets (32-46) and the Marlins (32-50), who have the two worst records in the NL.

    But both teams may get a glimpse at things to come when the 22-year-old Alcantara steps to the mound against perhaps the best pitcher in baseball, New York ace Jacob deGrom (5-3, 1.69 ERA).

    For the Marlins, who acquired Alcantara from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Marcell Ozuna last Dec. 14 as part of the organization's latest teardown, Friday marks the latest step in the development of a pitcher believed to have upper-rotation potential.

    Alcantara, who entered the season as Baseball America's 70th-ranked prospect, throws in the high 90s and also offers an above-average curveball, slider and changeup. He was 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A New Orleans, for whom he exceeded 95 pitches in each of his final six appearances.

    "He's got all the weapons, so for him it's just being able to sequence (pitches), stay ahead in counts and then the other part is managing the game holding runners, things like that," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters Thursday.

    Alcantara didn't get a decision and posted a 4.32 ERA in eight relief appearances last season with the Cardinals.

    As for deGrom, the next month should determine whether or not he becomes the Mets' building block for the future, or the player whose trade sparks the organization's rebuilding efforts.

    John Ricco, who became one of the three men filling the general manager's role with the announcement Tuesday that Sandy Alderson is taking an indefinite leave of absence to focus on his cancer treatments, said Wednesday that moving deGrom and/or Opening Day starter Noah Syndergaard is not something the club is necessarily looking to do. But he also admitted that he, Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi need to entertain all possibilities as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

    The Mets have a bottom-five minor league system and deGrom, who turned 30 earlier this month, has a 2.81 ERA in 123 career starts and does not become a free agent until after the 2020 season, would likely bring back the biggest haul of any pitcher on the market over the next month.

    "For me, everything has to be on the table," Ricco told reporters. "But you have to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher."

    Alcantara has never faced the Mets. DeGrom is 4-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 career starts against the Marlins.


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      • The Mets and Marlins will meet for the third time this season, with the Mets taking all three games in Miami and the Marlins taking two of three in New York. The two teams scored only 36 combined runs in the six games.
      • Miami lost three of four in its last series with Arizona. The Marlins have won just five of their last 15 home games, only scoring more than five runs twice. Their overall home record of 15-24 (.385) is second worst in the NL just ahead of the Mets at 14-26 (.350).
      • The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games and are just 5-19 in the month of June. That .208 winning percentage is on pace to be a franchise low in the month of June, surpassing the 1981 and 1993 Mets teams (.222).
      • Wilmer Flores is on a six-game hitting streak, including two homers and nine RBI. He is slashing .281/.336/.479 with 20 RBI in his last 30 games after slashing .220/.292/.390 with only six RBI in his first 29 games.
      • Derek Dietrich is slashing .378/.440/.667 in his last 12 games including six multi-hit games and three homers. He has batted .429 (9/21) in six games against the Mets this season.
      • Jacob DeGrom lasted 6.0 innings in his last start against the Dodgers, giving up three earned runs for the first time since April 16. His 1.69 ERA is lowest in MLB among qualifiers, but the Mets are still just 6-10 in games he starts.

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        METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets went 1-5 on their recently completed homestand...New York begins a five-game road trip (Miami, Toronto) tonight...The Mets are 5-20 in their last 25 games and 7-25 in their last 32 contests...New York is 5-19 in June...New York has gone 11-straight series without a series win (nine series losses, two splits) since sweeping Arizona from May 18-20.

        ON THE ROAD: The Mets are 18-20 on the road this season...New York is 5-12 in its last 17 road games...New York swept a three-game series in Miami, April 9-11, earlier this year.

        SINCE MAY: The Mets are 15-37 since May 1...The club is hitting .229 with 56 homers during that span...The pitching staff has posted a 4.55 ERA since the beginning of May.

        HOMERS: The Mets have hit 23 home runs in their last 19 games and 37 homers in their last 32 games, but, 26 of those have been solo blasts.

        FLORES FLOURISHING: Wilmer Flores has driven in a run in five straight games (nine RBI total) and in seven of his last eight overall…The five consecutive games with an RBI matches the longest streak of his career (also August 7-11, 2013 and August 19-24, 2015)...Flores has reached base in his last 13 games with a plate appearance, the second-longest streak of his career (had a 14-game on-base streak from April 11-27, 2015)...Over his last 32 games, Flores is batting .296 (29-98) with eight doubles, four home runs, 20 RBI, 10 runs scored and nine walks.

        MICHAEL CONFORTO: Has four doubles, three homers, 10 walks and eight RBI in his last 14 games...Conforto is batting .280 (14-50) with a .403 on-base percentage during that span...He has a 15.1% walk rate for the year, ranking ninth in the majors.

        CONFORTO BLASTS: Conforto hit his 10th homer of the year on Tuesday giving him three straight years of double-digit homers...He had 58 homers through his first 342 games, fourth-most by a player who began his career with the Mets through 342 games...Trails Darryl Strawberry (71), David Wright (63) and Ike Davis (59).

        ASDRÚBAL CABRERA: Is hitting .386 (17-44) with two doubles, two homers, eight RBI and five runs scored in his last 10 games...Seven of the 10 games have been multi-hit efforts...Cabrera has 44 RBI this season, his second-highest total prior to the All-Star break during his career...Cabrera had 51 RBI in 2011 for Cleveland in the first half.

        JOSÉ BAUTISTA: Has a .438 OBP since joining the Mets on May 22...Has reached base safely in each of his last 13 games dating to June 15 (.511 OBP in that time)...Bautista is hitting .333 (9-27) with four doubles, two homers, nine RBI and nine runs scored over his last 11 games...He has drawn 14 base-on-balls in his last 13 games and 23 walks in 33 games with the Mets since May 22.

        FROM ELIAS: José Bautista, 37, became the oldest player to start a game (June 26) in the leadoff spot for the Mets since Gerald Williams did so at age 38 in 2004.

        deGROMINATE: Jacob deGrom has allowed one earned run or less in 10 of his last 12 starts...He had a franchise-record eight straight starts allowing one or fewer runs from April 21-June 2...He has allowed one run or less in 56 of his 123 career starts (46 percent).

        RANKINGS: DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.69 ERA...He's third in the NL and ninth in the majors with 126 strikeouts, fourth in the NL in WHIP (1.01) and and is second in the NL and fourth in the majors with a .549 OPS.

        BRANDON NIMMO: Is third in the NL and ninth in the majors with a .395 on-base percentage, fourth in the NL and 11th in the majors with a .557 slugging percentage and is fourth in the NL and eighth in the majors with a .952 OPS...He is tied for fourth in the majors with six triples...Nimmo is tied for second in the majors with 12 hit by pitches...Nimmo has a career-high 12 home runs...He has 10 homers since May 23 tied for the eighth-most in the majors during that span...Nimmo's previous professional career-high was 11 homers in 97 games (392 at-bats) with Las Vegas (AAA) in 2011.

        BULLPEN: The pen has 21 losses, the most in the majors...The pen is 3-13 with a 6.55 ERA (80 earned runs/110.0 innings) in their last 32 games (since May 25).

        TIM PETERSON: Has held righthanders to 0-21...Peterson has allowed one run in his last 9.1 innings and two runs in his in first 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) in the majors.

        EASTERN LEAGUE ALL-STARS: Binghamton will send five players to the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 11...RHP Nabil Crismatt (8-5, 3.61, 86 strikeouts), catcher Patrick Mazeika (six homers, 29 RBI, caught 32.7% of baserunners), infielder Levi Michael (.286, 16 doubles, 21 RBI, .367 OBP), outfielder Tim Tebow (.261, 12 doubles, five homers, 30 RBI, .335 OBP) and LHP Daniel Zamora (41 strikeouts in 30.2 innings).

        PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE ALL-STAR: Las Vegas outfielder Zach Borenstein was named to the PCL All-Star team...Borenstein is sixth in the league with 16 homers and seventh with 51 RBI...He has 15 doubles in 78 games with the 51s...The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played on July 11.


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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. Nimmo walked on a full count. J.Bautista popped out to second baseman Castro. A.Cabrera flied out to left fielder Dietrich. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Bour unassisted.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Marlins first. Dietrich walked on a full count. Anderson grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores, Dietrich out. Realmuto grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Flores.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Flores popped out to right fielder Anderson. Frazier singled to left. Mesoraco popped out to third baseman Rojas. Rosario walked on a full count, Frazier to second. Frazier was picked off, catcher Realmuto to shortstop Riddle.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 2:
          Marlins second. Bour singled to left. Castro lined out to center fielder Nimmo. Riddle popped out to shortstop Rosario. Rojas lined out to second baseman A.Cabrera.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Oswalt struck out. Nimmo struck out. J.Bautista doubled to left. A.Cabrera grounded out, shortstop Riddle to first baseman Bour.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Marlins third. Brinson homered to left on the first pitch. Alcantara grounded out, first baseman Flores to pitcher Oswalt. Dietrich walked. Anderson singled to center, Dietrich to third. Realmuto singled to left, Dietrich scored, Anderson to second. Bour struck out. Castro singled to center, Anderson scored, Realmuto to third. Castro stole second. Riddle homered to right on a 1-2 count, Realmuto scored, Castro scored. Beck pitching. Rojas grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Flores.
          Runs: 6, Hits: 5

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Conforto grounded out, shortstop Riddle to first baseman Bour. Flores walked on a full count. Frazier flied out to center fielder Brinson. Mesoraco doubled to left, Flores scored. On shortstop Riddle's throwing error, Mesoraco to third. Rosario walked on a full count. Smith pinch-hitting for Beck. Smith grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Bour.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 4:
          Marlins fourth. Bashlor pitching. Brinson singled to right. Alcantara bunted into fielder's choice, pitcher Bashlor to shortstop Rosario, Brinson out. Dietrich flied out to left fielder Conforto. Anderson grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Flores.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. Nimmo grounded out, pitcher Alcantara to shortstop Riddle to first baseman Bour. J.Bautista walked on four pitches. A.Cabrera grounded into a double play, second baseman Castro to shortstop Riddle to first baseman Bour, J.Bautista out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Marlins fifth. Realmuto struck out. Bour lined out to right fielder J.Bautista. Castro struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Rucinski pitching. Conforto struck out. Flores singled to right. Frazier fouled out to first baseman Bour. Mesoraco flied out to right fielder Anderson.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 6:
          Marlins sixth. Riddle lined out to left fielder Conforto. Rojas flied out to right fielder J.Bautista. Brinson doubled to left. Maybin pinch-hitting for Rucinski. Maybin singled to center, Brinson scored. Blevins pitching. Plawecki in as catcher. Dietrich popped out to second baseman A.Cabrera.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Meyer pitching. Maybin in as left fielder. Rosario struck out. Plawecki walked. Nimmo grounded into a double play, pitcher Meyer to shortstop Riddle to first baseman Bour, Plawecki out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Marlins seventh. Anderson struck out. Realmuto flied out to center fielder Nimmo. Bour grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. J.Bautista singled to center. A.Cabrera singled to right, J.Bautista to third. Conforto walked on a full count, A.Cabrera to second. Ziegler pitching. Flores grounded into a double play, shortstop Riddle to second baseman Castro to first baseman Bour, J.Bautista scored, A.Cabrera to third, Conforto out. Frazier walked. J.Reyes pinch-hitting for Blevins. J.Reyes struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 8:
          Marlins eighth. Smith pitching. Castro singled to center. Riddle singled to right, Castro to third. Rojas hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Conforto, Castro scored. Brinson grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores, Riddle out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Rivera in as third baseman. Barraclough pitching. Rojas in as first baseman. Rosario walked on a full count. Plawecki fouled out to first baseman Rojas. Nimmo singled to left, Rosario to second. J.Bautista struck out. A.Cabrera struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1


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          • #6

            Alcantara Wins First MLB Start as Marlins Beat Mets 8-2



            by CHRISTOPHER STOCK

            MIAMI, FL -- Sandy Alcantara was one of the key prospects the Miami Marlins acquired in their offseason overhaul, and he showed plenty of promise in his first career start.

            The 22-year old right-hander made his much-anticipated Marlins debut and allowed just one run over five innings as the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 8-2 on Friday night.

            "It feels really good," Alcantara said. "I'm super excited."

            Alcantara (1-0) struck out two and gave up five walks and three hits.

            "A little bit wild, a little bit of trouble with the strike zone, but being able to get through five - he's still a work in progress," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

            The 22-year old right-hander was the top prospect acquired in the offseason trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. Alcantara made eight relief appearances for the Cardinals last season.

            "(Alcantara) has a very promising future," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

            JT Riddle hit a three-run homer and Lewis Brinson, who had three hits, also homered in a pivotal six-run third inning.

            "JT able to hit that just kind of breaks it open from there and we're in pretty good shape," Mattingly said

            Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto returned to the lineup after missing four games with a hand injury. Realmuto went 1 of 4 with an RBI and also picked off a runner at second base.

            "It's one of the reasons why he's the best catcher in all of baseball," Riddle said of Realmuto's pickoff. "To do stuff like that, a lot of people don't do that and for a catcher to be able to do that defensively plus the way he swings the bat, it's very good."

            New York's Corey Oswalt (0-1) started in place of Jacob deGrom, who was scratched hours before the game to deal with a family matter. The Mets expect deGrom to start Saturday afternoon.

            Oswalt looked nothing like deGrom, whose 1.69 ERA is the best in the majors. Oswalt allowed six hits and six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. All six of the runs Oswalt allowed came in the third inning.

            "It didn't change anything," Oswalt said of the late notice. "I went out there and tried to attack the zone. I just didn't make enough pitches today."

            Brinson led off the third with his 10th home run of the season. Realmuto and Starlin Castro followed with run-scoring singles before Riddle's three-run blast to right field gave the Marlins a 6-0 lead.

            Devin Mesoraco had an RBI double for the Mets, who have lost nine of 10.

            "We weren't really in this game tonight," Callaway said.

            Cameron Maybin knocked in Brinson in the sixth to give the Marlins a 7-1 lead.

            BRINSON A TRIPLE SHY OF CYCLE
            Brinson recorded a single, double, and home run for his third game this month with at least three hits. He grounded into a double play in his fourth at-bat to foil his attempt for the cycle.

            BAUTISTA AND FLORES MAKE IT 14 STRAIGHT
            New York's Jose Bautista and Wilmer Flores each reached base each extending their streaks to 14 games.

            TRAINER'S ROOM
            LHP Jason Vargas (calf) is expected to rejoin the rotation next week. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip) remained in Port St. Lucie, Florida, rather than joining the team for this series. Cespedes will continue to receive treatment and physical therapy.

            LHP Caleb Smith (lat) will have season-ending surgery. Smith finishes his rookie season with a 5-6 record and 4.19 ERA with 88 strikeouts.

            UP NEXT
            RHP Jacob deGrom (5-3, 1.69 ERA) is expected to return to the team and start the second game of the series.

            RHP Pablo Lopez is slated to make his MLB debut.

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