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  • Mets @ Marlins: 04/03 6:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ


    Wednesday, 3rd April
    6:10 PM ET
    Marlins Park









    Drew's Sig

  • #2

    Marlins Hoping They Still have deGrom's Number Against Mets

    MIAMI, FL -- The New York Mets, who have won their first two series of the season -- both on the road -- will go for a three-game sweep of the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

    New York will pitch its ace, reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (1-0, 0.00 ERA) against Marlins changeup specialist Trevor Richards (0-0, 1.50).

    Besides starting deGrom, the Mets will also welcome back closer Edwin Diaz and setup man Jeurys Familia. Both relievers were unavailable on Tuesday due to their heavy workload the past few games.

    The good news for the Marlins is that they were tougher on deGrom than any team in the majors last year. DeGrom went 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA and two no-decisions in four starts against Miami in 2018.

    Against the rest of baseball, deGrom was simply filthy -- a 1.51 ERA and a 10-7 record that was mitigated by a historic lack of run support.

    Overall, deGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA. His ERA was the third-lowest of any pitcher (minimum 30 starts) since MLB lowered mounds following the 1968 season.

    Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that lack of offense during deGrom starts largely explains what happened last season against the Marlins.

    "I don't think there's anything to the Jacob thing," Callaway said. "The 0-2 (record) is just us not scoring runs."

    It's an even smaller sample size, but in two starts at Marlins Park last year, deGrom went 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA.

    Overall, deGrom led the majors last year by allowing just 0.4 homers per nine innings. Yet, the Marlins -- who were last in the majors last season with just 128 homers -- jacked two baseballs out of the park in the four games against deGrom.

    DeGrom's first start against the Marlins last year resulted in an 8-6 Mets win in Miami. He allowed four runs in six innings and left with a no-decision.

    That was the last time deGrom -- against any team -- failed to pitch a quality start (at least six innings with three or less earned runs). In fact, if deGrom pitches a quality start on Wednesday, it will be No. 26 in a row for the Mets ace, tying Bob Gibson's major league record.

    "I've faced him a lot," Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas said of deGrom. "He doesn't just throw hard. He commands his fastball. He can go away and in. Then he starts mixing in that slider, and it's devastating. You don't see guys with that mix very often.

    "We try to attack him early and don't let him get comfortable. That's one of the things that I feel works for us.

    "But, at the same time, it's kind of ... luck."

    The Marlins haven't been very lucky against the Mets so far this season.

    Both of New York's wins in this series have been of the "tightrope over Niagara Falls" variety.

    On Monday, Miami lost 7-3 but loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the ninth before failing to score. Diaz struck out the next three batters -- all swinging -- to work out of his own jam.

    On Tuesday, New York's 6-5 escape ended happily for the Mets, but only when Rojas lined into a double play, crushing Miami's two-on, one-out rally in the bottom of the ninth.

    Mets shortstop Amed Rosario made the catch on that play, and Lewis Brinson was doubled up at second base.

    "We saw ... a young player on the bases," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Brinson. "We're trying to score a run there, and he's wanting to get a jump. It's just a read."

    On Wednesday, the Marlins will try to get a read on deGrom, something they have done better than anyone else of late.

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    • #3


      START TO THE SEASON: The Mets have started 4-1 or better 11 times in team history (including this year)…New York has been 5-1 after six games four times (2018, 2006, 1985 and 1984).

      FIRST THINGS FIRST: The Mets lead the majors with nine first inning runs this year…Last night, New York scored five first inning runs…The last time the club plated five or more first inning runs on the road was September 30, 2015 at Philadelphia.

      EIGHTH INNING OR LATER: New York has scored 15 runs in the eighth inning or later this season, the most in the majors.

      SWEEP EMOTIONS: The Mets are looking for their first sweep of the season tonight...The last time New York swept the Marlins was April 9-11, 2018 in Miami.

      METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have started the season 4-1 for the second straight year...Tonight, the team finishes their first road trip of the year against Miami (2-0) after arriving from Washington (2-1)...Following the series, the Mets head to New York for a five-game, six-day homestand against Washington and Minnesota.

      deGROMINATE: Jacob deGrom has allowed three runs or fewer in 30 straight starts dating to April 16, 2018...It is the longest overall streak in major league history, surpassing Jake Arrieta (29 starts, June 21, 2015-May 20, 2016)...Min. 50.0 combined innings in those starts...deGrom has tossed 25 straight quality starts dating to May 18, 2018...The streak is tied for the second-longest streak in major league history...He is tied with Eddie Cicotte (1916-1917)...Bob Gibson had a streak of 26 quality starts from 1967-1968...deGrom set a single-season 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...deGrom is the only pitcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have a season with a sub-2.00 ERA, at least 260 strikeouts, 50 or fewer walks and 10 or fewer homers allowed...Led the majors with a 1.87 road ERA (22 earned runs/106.0 innings) last season...Tallied 123 strikeouts in visiting parks last season, the most in the National League.

      WHEN YOU'RE HERE, YOU'RE FAMILIA: Jeurys Familia has not allowed a run in three games this season, allowing only a hit and a walk, while striking out three in 2.2 innings...Familia made his 20th appearance at Marlins Park on Monday, his highest total outside of Citi Field...He owns a 1-1 record with a 1.19 ERA (three earned runs/22.2 innings) with 13 walks and 26 strikeouts in Miami...Familia has converted nine saves in Miami, tied with Philadelphia for his highest total outside of New York.

      RISPY BUSINESS: The Mets are batting .340 (18-53) with six doubles, a triple, a home run, four walks and 25 RBI with runners in scoring position this year...That places New York third in the majors in batting average with runners in scoring position.

      NO FREE PASSES: Mets pitchers have allowed only eight walks this season, which is the fewest in the NL...Only the Houston Astros with seven have issued fewer free passes...Mets starters have allowed only three walks, the fewest in the major leagues.

      FOR PETE'S SAKE: Pete Alonso smashed his first career home run Monday night...Alonso led all minor leaguers in homers (36) and RBI (119) last year...Is batting .389 (7-18) with two runs, three doubles, a home run, six RBI and two walks in five games this season...Alonso has seven hits and six RBI, which ties him with Arizona's Christian Walker for the most in majors among rookies.

      TOP FOUR: The Mets are hitting .277 as a team over the first five games of the year, ranking fourth in the majors.

      LET'S GO FISHING: The Mets have won four straight games against the Marlins dating back to the final two contests of the 2018 season...New York has taken seven of their last eight games against the Fish...The Mets have won five of their last six games at Marlins Park.

      ON THE ROAD: With a win yesterday, the Mets clinched their first winning road trip of the season...Dating back to September 1, 2018, the Mets are 13-7 on the road...Last year, New York finished the year 40-41 on the road...The Mets ranked sixth in the majors with 402 runs on the road in 2018...New York was second in the majors with a .331 OBP away from Citi Field.

      BUFFALO SOLDIER: Wilson Ramos is 20-for-his-last-38 (.526) with runners in scoring position dating to June 30 of last season, the highest average in those situations in the majors in that span (min. 30 PA with RISP)...His .574 OBP with RISP in that span ranks second in that time behind only Mike Trout (.603), who benefits from 15 intentional walks in those scenarios.

      50TH ANNIVERSARY OF 1969 METS: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Miracle Mets...The 1969 Mets captured the hearts of baseball fans across the world when they beat the Braves in the NLCS and then topped the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in five games in the World Series...The Mets will celebrate their historic achievement all season long...The highlight of the year will be a weekend celebration, June 28-30 vs. Atlanta when members of the team will return to Queens.

      EMPIRE STATE OF MIND: Ahead of tomorrow's Mets home opener, the Empire State Building will be lit up blue and orange tonight.

      Thursday, April 4 vs. Washington - 1:10 PM.
      First Pitch – Gil Hodges, Jr. to Mets Hall of Famer Ed Kranepool
      Anthem – Micaela Diamond (From The Cher Show on Broadway)
      Color Guard – Presented by the FDNY Ceremonial Unit
      God Bless America – NYPD Police Officer Makiah Brown
      Veteran of the Game – WWII Veteran Walter Rybarczik
      In honor of 1969 World Series manager Gil Hodges, who would have turned 95 tomorrow members of the Hodges family including his wife Joan and their children, Cyndi and Gil Jr. will participate in the ceremonial first pitch...69' Met Ed Kranepool will catch the first pitch...Gil Hodges Jr. will be available to media in the press conference room following the first pitch.

      MASS TRANSIT: Fans are encouraged to take mass transit to Citi Field for the Mets Home Opener...Mass Transit is the fastest and greenest way to Citi Field...The Mets Home Opener is sold out...Taking mass transit is the easiest way to the game.

      MEET MR. MET: In anticipation of the Mets home opener, Mr. Met made a number of pop-up appearances today at New York landmarks and institutions...Mr. Met visited Union Square, Bryant Park, Times Square and Columbus Circle.
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      • #4

        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Nimmo struck out. Alonso flied out to center fielder Brinson. Canó popped out to second baseman Castro.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 1:
        Marlins first. Granderson struck out. Anderson flied out to right fielder Conforto. Walker struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Conforto grounded out, first baseman Walker to pitcher Richards. Davis struck out. Broxton singled to right. Rosario tripled to right, Broxton scored. Nido popped out to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 2:
        Marlins second. Castro lined out to right fielder Conforto. Riddle struck out. Brinson singled to center. Wallach popped out to shortstop Rosario.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. deGrom homered to right on the first pitch. Nimmo walked on a full count. Alonso doubled to left, Nimmo scored. Canó flied out to left fielder Granderson. Conforto was intentionally walked. Davis struck out. Broxton grounded out, pitcher Richards to first baseman Walker.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 3:
        Marlins third. Herrera struck out. Richards struck out. Granderson struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Rosario flied out to right fielder Herrera. Nido struck out. deGrom grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 4:
        Marlins fourth. Anderson singled to center. Walker flied out to center fielder Broxton. Castro flied out to center fielder Broxton. Riddle struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Nimmo struck out. Alonso struck out. Canó lined out to third baseman Anderson.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 5:
        Marlins fifth. Brinson grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Wallach struck out. Herrera safe at second on fielding error by shortstop Rosario. Richards struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Conforto doubled to right. Davis grounded out, shortstop Riddle to first baseman Walker. Broxton struck out. Rosario was intentionally walked. Nido flied out to right fielder Herrera.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Marlins sixth. Granderson walked on a full count. Anderson struck out. Walker lined out to shortstop Rosario. Castro struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Anderson pitching. deGrom lined out to second baseman Castro. Nimmo struck out. Alonso singled to left. Canó doubled to left, Alonso scored. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Marlins seventh. Riddle struck out. Brinson struck out. Wallach struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Brice pitching. Rojas in as shortstop. Davis safe at first on fielding error by shortstop Rojas. Broxton grounded out, pitcher Brice to first baseman Walker, Davis to second. Rosario popped out to second baseman Castro. Smith pinch-hitting for Nido. Smith singled to right, Davis scored. Smith to second. Ramos pinch-hitting for deGrom. Ramos singled to center, Smith scored. Nimmo struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 8:
        Marlins eighth. Avilán pitching. Lagares in as center fielder. Broxton in as left fielder. Smith in as first baseman. Ramos in as catcher. Herrera flied out to right fielder Conforto. Rojas grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Smith. Granderson walked on a full count. Anderson popped out to second baseman Canó.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Lagares flied out to right fielder Herrera. Canó grounded out, second baseman Castro to first baseman Walker. Conforto singled to center. On Brice's wild pitch, Conforto to second. Davis fouled out to catcher Wallach.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 9:
        Marlins ninth. Guillorme in as second baseman. Walker walked on four pitches. Castro singled to center, Walker to second. Prado pinch-hitting for Brice. Prado doubled to right, Walker scored, Castro to third. Gsellman pitching. Brinson grounded out, third baseman Davis to first baseman Smith, Castro scored, Prado to third. Alfaro pinch-hitting for Wallach. Alfaro struck out. Herrera doubled to left, Prado scored. Rojas singled to right, Herrera scored. Díaz pitching. Granderson flied out to left fielder Broxton.
        Runs: 4, Hits: 4

        Drew's Sig


        • #5

          DeGrom Ks 14 and Homers to Help Mets Beat Marlins 6-4

          by STEVEN WINE

          MIAMI, FL -- With his first swing of the night, Jacob deGrom hit the ball farther than any of the Miami Marlins hit it against him.

          Often they failed to connect at all.

          DeGrom clubbed a homer and struck out a career-high 14 in seven shutout innings to help the New York Mets beat Miami 6-4 Wednesday night and complete a three-game sweep.

          DeGrom (2-0) allowed three hits, walked one and ended his streak of five consecutive losses to the lowly Marlins. Only one Miami runner reached second base against him.

          "Tonight was probably the best I've felt in a long time," deGrom said.

          That's quite an admission, considering he's the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.

          "He just does the same thing every time," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "You look up at the end and it's something really impressive. He probably has the best stuff in all the major leagues, maybe for a long time. What he's doing is historic."

          The Mets nearly wasted deGrom's latest gem. They took a 6-0 lead into the ninth, but Miami eventually brought the tying run to the plate.

          The Mets held on, and headed back for their home opener at Citi Field on Thursday against Washington with a 5-1 record.

          "You want to come out of the gates playing good baseball," deGrom said, "and hopefully continue to do that all year."

          DeGrom extended the NL's longest active scoreless streak to 26 innings and allowed less than four runs for the 31st consecutive start, extending his big league record. Miami was the last team to score more than three against him - last April 10.

          DeGrom had made eight starts versus the Marlins since his most recent win over them on July 6, 2016. He's 5-6 against Miami, which has beaten him more than any other team.

          An infielder at Stetson University before he was converted into a pitcher, deGrom pulled the first pitch from Trevor Richards in the third inning into the Mets' bullpen for his second career home run.

          DeGrom said he stepped to the plate ready to swing and thinking about hitting a homer. And he took the mound in the seventh thinking about strikeouts.

          "I knew if I struck out the side it would be a career high," he said. "Once I got the first two guys, it became a goal."

          The homer had deGrom smiling when he returned to the dugout, but he said the strikeouts gave him more satisfaction. He's the first Mets pitcher to start a season with consecutive double-digit strikeout games.

          He departed after throwing 114 pitches, a total he topped just twice last year. Two Mets relievers allowed four runs in the ninth before Edwin Diaz came on to get Curtis Granderson to fly out with a runner on for his third save.

          Richards (0-1) came up short in his matchup with deGrom, allowing three runs in six innings.

          "When you have a guy like that over there, it's tough," Richards said. "You can't make many mistakes, and I made a couple."

          METS OFFENSE

          Amed Rosario tripled home the Mets' first run in the second. Rookie Pete Alonso doubled home a run in the third, and he scored on Robinson Cano's double in the seventh.

          New York rested catcher Wilson Ramos, but he delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth to hike his average to .474 and make the score 6-0.

          NO SHOWS

          DeGrom's start failed to stir South Florida from its apathy toward baseball. Attendance was 7,486.


          For the second year in a row, the Mets are off to a 5-1 start and the Marlins have started 2-5.

          "People probably think I'm crazy, but I like our club," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "They're going to pitch and be competitive. We're going to be in a ton of games."

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: LF Brandon Nimmo was back in the lineup after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch Tuesday.

          UP NEXT

          Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 6.00) is scheduled to start their home opener Thursday when he pitches for the second time in a row against the Nationals and RHP Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 6.00). Syndergaard has won his past seven home decisions.

          Marlins: Following a day off, the Marlins begin their first trip Friday when RHP Pablo Lopez (1-0, 5.06) starts at Atlanta.

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