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  • Marlins @ Mets: 09/30 3:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WOR, ESPN, WINZ

    GAME 162, HOME GAME 81

    Sunday, 30th September
    3:10 PM ET
    Citi Field









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  • #2

    Marlins' Realmuto to Manage Against the Mets

    -- Catcher J.T. Realmuto played in his last game of the season Friday. He wasted absolutely no time preparing for his next task: managing the Miami Marlins in the season finale on Sunday.

    Marlins manager Don Mattingly is handing the reins to Realmuto when Miami closes out 2018 by visiting the New York Mets in a battle of the National League East's fourth- and fifth-place teams at Citi Field.

    The Marlins' Sandy Alcantara (2-2, 4.00 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Mets' Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.22 ERA) in a matchup of right-handers.

    The Mets posted a 1-0, 13-inning victory Saturday night when Austin Jackson's walk-off RBI double ensured David Wright would exit a winner in his final big-league game. Wright, whose pinch-hitting appearance Friday was his first major league at-bat since May 27, 2016, went 0-for-1 with a walk before leaving to a standing ovation in the top of the fifth inning.

    Wright, who has undergone neck, back and shoulder surgeries since 2016 and is battling spinal stenosis, said earlier this month that he can no longer physically play baseball. It is believed he and the Mets (76-85) will negotiate a settlement on the remainder of his contract, which runs through 2020.

    "I'm at peace with the work and the time and the effort and the dedication that I put into this," Wright said afterward. "I'm certainly not at peace with the end result, but tonight was special."

    The Marlins (63-97) are hoping for a memorable afternoon when Realmuto slides into Mattingly's spot on the bench. Mattingly tries to let a player manage the season finale when the game has no playoff implications, a tradition he learned while serving as a coach with the New York Yankees under Joe Torre.

    Infielder Martin Prado was the Marlins' manager in the season finale last year, which Mattingly said was an eye-opening experience for the player.

    "Prado's like 'I'm never going to question you again,' there was so much stuff going on in that game he managed," Mattingly said with a grin Saturday afternoon. "It's good for them to see the other side a little bit."

    Mattingly said Realmuto jumped right into managerial mode after the Marlins' 8-1 win Friday night.

    "He told me (Friday) night that we had to talk about who I used out of the bullpen (Saturday), because he wanted to keep certain guys available for (Sunday)," Mattingly said. "He was taking over. He took over as soon as the game's over (Friday) night."

    Alcantara took the loss in his most recent start last Monday, when he gave up six runs in four innings as the Marlins fell to the Washington Nationals 7-3. Syndergaard didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, when he allowed three hits in six scoreless innings as the Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-3.

    Alcantara is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Mets. He beat the Mets on June 29 when he gave up one run in five innings and allowed two runs in seven innings of a no-decision on Sept. 13.

    Syndergaard is 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins. This season, he's 2-0 against them and has allowed four earned runs in 13 innings.

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    • #3
      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games...The Mets are 32-22 in their last 54 games and 44-37 since July 1...New York is 39-36 vs. the NL East...The Mets are 36-44 overall at home...The Mets are 10-8 in rubber games, including 7-2 in their last nine rubber games...Last night was New York's 14th shutout of the year.

      RECORD NOTES: The Mets are 76-85 heading into today's final game...Last year the club went 70-92.

      SERIES NOTE: New York is 11-3-2 in its last 16 series.

      METS 44-37 .543
      Braves 43-37 .538
      Nationals 40-40 .500
      Phillies 35-45 .438
      Marlins 29-47 .382

      SEPTEMBER: The Mets are 17-10 this month, the seventh-best winning percentage (.630) in the majors...The pitching staff has a 3.26 ERA this month, the third-lowest in the majors.

      WALK-OFFS: The Mets posted their eighth walk-off win this year last night, tied for the eighth-most in the majors...It's the most walk-off wins since the club had 10 walk-off victories in 2013...The last 1-0 walk-off win was September 15, 2013 vs. Miami (Travis d'Arnaud 12th-inning single)...Last night's 1-0, walk-off win in 13 innings was the longest such victory by innings for the Mets since May 31, 2006 vs. Arizona...Austin Jackson ended the game with a walk-off double in the 13th inning...It was his fourth-career walk-off RBI and first since August 11, 2015 (a walk-off single for Seattle vs. Baltimore).

      THE CAPTAIN: David Wright is a seven-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and two-time Silver Slugger recipient...He holds the franchise record for hits (1,777), RBI (970), runs scored (949), doubles (390), total bases (2,945), extra-base hits (658), walks (762) and go-ahead homers (87).

      SPECIAL DUO COURTESY OF ELIAS: David Wright and José Reyes started together for the first time since September 28, 2011 vs. Cincinnati last night...It was the 878th time the pair started together, the most of any teammate duo in franchise history...Wright and Reyes are the first pair of players in modern major league history (since 1900) with at least 12 years separating their first and last games started together at third and short for one team (August 4, 2004/September 29, 2018)...The previous longest gap was 11 years and 354 days between the first and last games started together by the Orioles’ combo of Brooks Robinson (3B) and Mark Belanger (SS)...Their first game was in August 1965 and their last in July 1977...Research courtesy of Elias.

      HIT MACHINE: Jeff McNeil has a .326 (72-221) batting average since his debut on July 24, which is the ninth-highest in the majors (min. 200 PA)...He is tied for ninth in the majors in hits since his debut...Is tied for fourth in the majors with 34 hits this month...Has the 10th-highest batting average (.333) in the majors this month (min. 70 AB)...McNeil's .326 average in his first 62 career major league games with the Mets is the highest averagein franchise history (min. 190 PA).

      SEPTEMBER STARTERS: Mets starting pitchers are 10-4 with a 2.50 ERA (44 earned runs/158.2 innings), the lowest ERA in the majors this month.

      STARTERS STRIKEOUTS: Mets starters have 926 strikeouts in 905.1 innings this season…The franchise record for strikeouts by starting pitchers is 934 by the 1990 Mets rotation...This year's starting staff has a collective 9.2 K/9 ratio, on pace to smash the franchise record (8.13 K/9, set last year).

      NOAH NOTES: Noah Syndergaard is 10-3 in his last 16 starts...He is 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA (eight earned runs/32.2 innings) and 32 strikeouts in September...He is 7-1 in 12 starts at Citi Field this year.

      MLB RECORDS: Jacob deGrom has held opponents to three runs or less in 29 straight starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history...DeGrom has hurled 24 straight quality starts, the longest single-season streak in major league history...He has set a major league record with 19 starts in which he pitched 6.0 or more innings and allowed three or fewer runs but did not win...Research courtesy of Elias.

      CONFORTO CONNECTS: Michael Conforto has 17 homers (tied for the seventh-most in the majors) and 52 RBI (fourth in the majors) since the All-Star break...He is third in the majors with 43 RBI since August 1 and tied for sixth in homers (14) during that span...Conforto has 82 RBI, extending his career-high (had 68 RBI last season)...He also has a career-high 28 homers (one more than last year).

      SIZZLING SEPTEMBER: Conforto is second in the majors with 29 RBI and is tied for the second in the majors with nine homers and 18 extra-base hits this month...Only two other Mets players have had 29 or more RBI in September: Gary Carter (34 in 1985) and Darryl Strawberry (30 in 1984)...The last Met with 30 or more RBI in a month was Carlos Beltran (32 RBI in July, 2006).

      AMED ROSARIO: Has 72 hits since the All-Star break, tied for the 11th-most in the NL...Rosario is tied for fifth in the NL with 32 hits in September...Overall, ranks is tied for seventh in the NL with 24 stolen bases...He is tied for fourth in the NL with eight triples.

      GOOD EYE: The Mets are tied for sixth in the majors with 464 walks.

      2019 SCHEDULE: The Mets will open the 2019 campaign on Thursday, March 28 at Washington...The Home Opener is Thursday, April 4 vs. the Nationals...The Subway Series at Citi Field will be July 2-3...Additional Interleague series at Citi Field will be Twins (April 9-10), Tigers (May 24-26) and Indians (August 20-22)...Promotional details for the 2019 season, including a 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1969 World Champions, will be announced in the weeks ahead...The complete 2019 schedule can be found on

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        Top of 1:
        Marlins first. Riddle singled to center. Castro grounded into a double play, third baseman Frazier to second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce, Riddle out. Dietrich grounded out, first baseman Bruce unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. J.Reyes grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman O'Brien. McNeil grounded out, pitcher Alcantara to second baseman Castro to first baseman O'Brien. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman O'Brien.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Marlins second. Rosario in as shortstop. O'Brien lined out to center fielder Jackson. Brinson grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce. Galloway grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Rivera in as third baseman. Dietrich in as second baseman. Bruce walked on four pitches. Frazier grounded out, third baseman Rivera to first baseman O'Brien, Bruce to second. Smith struck out. Jackson struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Marlins third. Wallach struck out. Alcantara struck out. Sierra grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Nido struck out. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Marlins fourth. Riddle lined out to right fielder Conforto. Rivera struck out. Dietrich hit an infield single to third. O'Brien flied out to center fielder Jackson.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. McNeil singled to right. Conforto struck out. Bruce flied out to right fielder Sierra. Frazier doubled to left, McNeil scored. Frazier was out advancing, left fielder Galloway to second baseman Dietrich to catcher Wallach to third baseman Rivera, Frazier out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 5:
        Marlins fifth. Brinson grounded out, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Bruce. Galloway grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce. Wallach singled to center. Alcantara grounded out, first baseman Bruce unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. Smith grounded out, second baseman Dietrich to first baseman O'Brien. Jackson struck out. Nido walked on a full count. Syndergaard singled to left, Nido to second. Rosario grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Rivera unassisted, Nido out, Syndergaard to second.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 6:
        Marlins sixth. Sierra was out bunting, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Bruce. Riddle grounded out, first baseman Bruce unassisted. Rivera struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. McNeil singled to right. Conforto fouled out to third baseman Rivera. Bruce popped out to right fielder Sierra. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 7:
        Marlins seventh. Dietrich grounded out, first baseman Bruce unassisted. O'Brien flied out to right fielder Conforto. Brinson singled to center. Galloway grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Smith flied out to left fielder Galloway. Jackson struck out. Nido struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Marlins eighth. Wallach struck out. Ortega pinch-hitting for Alcantara. Ortega grounded out, second baseman McNeil to first baseman Bruce. Sierra doubled to left. Riddle struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Kinley pitching. Syndergaard struck out. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Rivera to first baseman O'Brien. McNeil fouled out to third baseman Rivera.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Marlins ninth. Bostick pinch-hitting for Rivera. Bostick grounded out, pitcher Syndergaard to first baseman Bruce. Dietrich grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Bruce. O'Brien lined out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

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        • #5

          Syndergaard Gets 1st Shutout, Mets Top Marlins 1-0 in Finale


          -- Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets ended this disappointing season the same way they want to start the next one.

          Powered by dominant pitching.

          Syndergaard threw his first major league shutout and the Mets wrapped up a frustrating 2018 campaign Sunday with their second consecutive 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

          "I told the bullpen before the game that they could take the day off. True story," Syndergaard said. "It's a great feeling."

          Todd Frazier hit an RBI double for the Mets, who finished fourth in the NL East at 77-85 under rookie manager Mickey Callaway - a seven-win improvement over last year. After beginning the season with playoff aspirations, they jumped out to an 11-1 start before going 5-21 in June as injuries once again took a heavy toll.

          New York rebounded a bit to win 33 of its last 55 games, but by then it was way too late.

          "I feel like we played some really good baseball," Syndergaard said.

          Promising rookie Sandy Alcantara (2-3) struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings in his sixth major league start for the Marlins - three against the Mets.

          "I thought he was more aggressive," manager Don Mattingly said. "There's nothing monumental that happened today other than this guy has a chance to be a really good pitcher, and consistency is going to be the key."

          After trading Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon during an offseason payroll purge, the Marlins ended up with the worst record in the National League at 63-98 in Derek Jeter's first year as chief executive officer. Miami went scoreless over the final 24 innings.

          "Last two days, kind of indicative. We go (22) innings and only give up two runs and we don't win either game," Mattingly said.

          Jeter signaled this month that Mattingly is expected back next year. Looking to have some fun at the finish line, he appointed All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to pilot the team Sunday.

          "It was fun. I enjoyed it, for sure," Realmuto said. "It was actually a fairly easy game to manage because Sandy did a great job, obviously, so there weren't many moves on our part."

          Syndergaard (13-4) allowed five hits and fanned six in a fast finale that took just 2 hours, 10 minutes. He walked none and threw 101 pitches for his second career complete game. The other one came on Sept. 2 in San Francisco, and the big right-hander completed the season by tossing a career-best 15 straight scoreless innings while pitching with a sinus infection.

          "He kind of pitched at 90 percent, 95 percent. It's pretty good when you throw 95 (mph) at 95 percent," Callaway said. "But I think he learned a little bit of a lesson that sometimes a tad less is more."

          Alcantara struck out five straight before Jeff McNeil opened the fourth with a single for New York's first hit. McNeil scored from first when left fielder Isaac Galloway misplayed Frazier's hard-hit double.

          LAST HURRAH

          A day after David Wright's emotional goodbye at Citi Field, the Mets gave Jose Reyes another ceremonial start at shortstop. The 35-year-old Reyes, who batted .189 in a bench role this season, was lifted after grounding out leading off the bottom of the first. He hugged teammates in the dugout and received a warm ovation while coming out for a curtain call for the crowd of 28,346.

          "I just thought he deserved to be on the field one more time," Callaway said.

          Reyes, a four-time All-Star, doesn't expect to be back with the Mets next season and isn't sure about his major league future.

          Wright didn't play but was given a few more ovations.

          HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?

          Syndergaard's bat broke off just above his hands as he started to swing - and obviously miss - at a third-inning pitch.

          "Maybe termites or something," the pitcher said with a smile.

          Teammates cracked up in the dugout as Syndergaard stood dumbfounded in the batter's box.

          "It was like the most Thor thing I can think of," outfielder Michael Conforto said.

          After getting some new lumber, Syndergaard struck out but then lashed a sharp single in the fifth.

          NEW KID IN TOWN

          McNeil had two hits to give him 36 in September, breaking the club record for rookies set by Gregg Jefferies in 1989.

          LOST ART

          Syndergaard's complete-game shutout was only the 19th in the majors this year, fewest in a season since 1874, when there were just eight teams. There were 27 such outings last season.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: LF Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled for his second heel surgery Oct. 23 - this time on his left foot - but said he can't yet predict how much he'll be able to play next season. The oft-injured slugger had surgery Aug. 2 to remove bone calcification in his right heel, the first of two operations expected to sideline him for eight to 10 months.

          UP NEXT

          Marlins: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 13, and Miami opens the 2019 season March 28 against Colorado.

          Mets: Begin next season at NL East rival Washington.

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