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  • Mets @ Marlins: 05/17 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ

    GAME 43, ROAD GAME 26

    Friday, 17th May
    7:10 PM ET
    Marlins Park










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    Dialed-in deGrom, Mets Open Series Against Marlins

    MIAMI, FL -- The Jacob deGrom April Cy Young Hangover appears to be over.

    DeGrom, who will face the host Miami Marlins on Friday, won his first Cy Young Award last season by virtue of his incredibly dominant 1.70 ERA, a 0.912 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

    This season, he began in impressive fashion -- 13 scoreless innings in his first two starts, including 24 strikeouts and two walks.

    But then came the baseball "hangover" -- a stretch of three consecutive starts in which he allowed 14 runs, 18 hits, eight walks and five homers in 13 innings.

    Fortunately for the Mets, deGrom has turned things around in three May starts, pitching to a 1.29 ERA with 21 strikeouts, four walks and one homer allowed in 21 innings. Batters are hitting just .162 with a .469 on-base-plus-slugging percentage against him in May.

    "He looks like Jacob deGrom again," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after his ace beat the Marlins 4-1 last Saturday. "He's back, and it's very comforting."

    The Mets need a strong performance from deGrom after losing their second straight game on Thursday, falling 7-6 at Washington.

    New York lost two starters to injuries in the finale against the Nationals: right fielder Michael Conforto (concussion) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (abdominal tightness). Conforto did not travel to Miami with the team, and McNeil is day-to-day.

    DeGrom is 3-4 with a 3.26 ERA overall this season. He is 2-0 against the Marlins, allowing two walks, one run and no homers in 14 innings while striking out 22.

    Over his career in eight starts at Marlins Park, deGrom is 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA. In 18 overall starts vs. Miami, he is 6-6 with a 3.24 ERA.

    Of course, some of those Marlins teams he faced in previous years featured dangerous offensive players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Justin Bour, Derek Dietrich and Dee Gordon.

    The current Marlins -- who are the worst team in baseball and are on pace to lose 122 games this season -- have not scored since Saturday.

    Miami has lost seven straight games, and the last thing Marlins hitters want to see now is a dialed-in deGrom. In a 1-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, the Marlins went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. For the season, they are batting .200 in those circumstances.

    "It's really frustrating when you are on a bad streak like this," said Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas, who left the Wednesday game due to back spasms. "We have a bunch of hitters who are grinding but trying to do too much. We're trying to hit homers instead of putting the ball in play and letting the next guy do his job."

    The Marlins, who have been shut out nine times this season, are last in the majors in runs, doubles, triples, homers, on-base percentage and slugging.

    Miami already fired its hitting coach earlier this season, and Marlins management may start to realize that cutting payroll is having a chilling effect on the roster.

    "I don't think I've ever been through anything quite like this," said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a six-time All-Star during a 14-year career with the New York Yankees that included a batting title in 1984 and the American League MVP award in 1985.

    On the mound, things are a bit better for the Marlins, who will start right-hander Trevor Richards (0-5, 4.46 ERA) on Friday.

    Batters are hitting .200 against Richards' killer changeup, which he throws 35 percent of the time. However, the rest of his arsenal is not nearly as well-developed, and that's where opposing batters are taking advantage.

    In eight outings this year, he has four quality starts. He has been consistently mediocre. In 25 starts as a rookie last year, Richards -- who turned 26 on Wednesday -- had a 4.42 ERA. And that's almost identical to what he has done this year.

    For his career against the Mets, Richards is 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts. In his lone start against New York this year, he allowed three runs in six innings during a 6-4 loss on April 3.

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      • The Mets have won seven straight over the Marlins dating back to September 2018, tied for the second-longest active winning streak between any two divisional opponents -- only the Dodgers (eight vs. Rockies) have a longer active streak.
      • The Miami Marlins have hit one home run in May. Every other MLB team has hit at least nine -- two teams are in the 30s, nine teams are in the 20s. The Marlins have lost a season-high seven straight games -- only four teams have had longer streaks in MLB this season.
      • The Mets' 3.02 team ERA in May ranks fifth in MLB after its 5.42 ERA in April ranked 28th in MLB. Among teams with an ERA in the top half of MLB this month, the Mets (5-8) and A's (6-7) are the only ones with losing records.
      • Brandon Nimmo has walked nine times since May 7, tied for second in MLB (Paul DeJong, 10). Nimmo is hitting .198 this season with a .349 OBP -- this is the third-largest difference between AVG and OBP among MLB qualifiers this season (Mike Trout, Justin Smoak).
      • Jorge Alfaro had two doubles last time out after going 0-for-16 in his previous five games. These were his first two doubles of the season. Alfaro had eight multi-hit games in April but this was just his second in May.
      • The Mets have three MLB qualifiers with an OPS of at least .900 (Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso) -- the Cubs and Astros (four apiece) are the only other teams with as many as the Mets. The Marlins are one of four teams to have no MLB qualifiers with an OPS of at least .800.
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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. Nimmo flied out to left fielder H.Ramírez. Rosario struck out. Canó popped out to shortstop Rojas.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Marlins first. Berti flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Cooper struck out. Anderson flied out to center fielder Lagares.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Alonso homered to center on a 1-0 count. Ramos walked. C.Gómez grounded into a double play, shortstop Rojas to second baseman Castro to first baseman Walker, Ramos out. Frazier tripled to right. Lagares was intentionally walked. deGrom grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 2

          Bottom of 2:
          Marlins second. Walker popped out to third baseman Frazier. Castro safe at first on fielding error by pitcher deGrom. Alfaro struck out. H.Ramírez grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, Castro out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Nimmo lined out to right fielder Cooper. Rosario grounded out, third baseman Anderson to first baseman Walker. Canó doubled to left. Alonso flied out to right fielder Cooper.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 3:
          Marlins third. Rojas safe at first on fielding error by third baseman Frazier. Richards sacrificed, catcher Ramos to second baseman Canó, Rojas to second. Berti singled to right, Rojas to third. Berti stole second. Cooper singled to left, Rojas scored, Berti scored. Anderson grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó, Cooper out. Walker flied out to center fielder Lagares.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Ramos struck out. C.Gómez struck out. Frazier walked on a full count. Lagares was out bunting, catcher Alfaro to first baseman Walker.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Marlins fourth. Castro doubled to center. Alfaro singled to right, Castro scored. Alfaro to second. H.Ramírez grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Alfaro to third. Rojas singled to right, Alfaro scored. Rojas stole second. Richards struck out. Berti popped out to shortstop Rosario.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. deGrom grounded out, first baseman Walker unassisted. Nimmo singled to left. Rosario struck out. Canó flied out to right fielder Cooper.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

          Bottom of 5:
          Marlins fifth. Cooper singled to center. Anderson doubled to left, Cooper scored. Walker grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher deGrom, Anderson to third. Castro flied out to right fielder C.Gómez. Alfaro homered to center on a 1-0 count, Anderson scored. H.Ramírez singled to right. Rojas popped out to second baseman Canó.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 4

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Alonso flied out to center fielder Berti. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Rojas to first baseman Walker. C.Gómez grounded out, shortstop Rojas to first baseman Walker.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Marlins sixth. Nimmo in as right fielder. Sewald pitching. Davis in as left fielder. Richards struck out. Berti struck out. Cooper lined out to right fielder Nimmo.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. Frazier lined out to shortstop Rojas. Lagares singled to center. Davis homered to center on the first pitch, Lagares scored. Conley pitching. Nimmo singled to center. Rosario walked on a full count, Nimmo to second. Canó grounded into a double play, pitcher Conley to shortstop Rojas to first baseman Walker, Rosario out.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 7:
          Marlins seventh. Anderson doubled to left. Walker grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, Anderson to third. Castro hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Nimmo, Anderson scored. Alfaro struck out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Anderson pitching. Alonso homered to left on the first pitch. Ramos singled to right. Smith pinch-hitting for Sewald. Smith walked on a full count, Ramos to second. Frazier singled to left, Ramos to third, Smith to second. Romo pitching. Prado in as first baseman. Lagares singled to left, Ramos scored, Smith to third, Frazier to second. Davis popped out to shortstop Rojas. Nimmo hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Berti, Smith scored. McNeil pinch-hitting for Rosario. McNeil struck out.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 4

          Bottom of 8:
          Marlins eighth. Familia pitching. Hechavarría in as shortstop. H.Ramírez grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Rojas struck out. Prado grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Herrera in as right fielder. Canó grounded out, third baseman Anderson to first baseman Prado. Alonso flied out to left fielder H.Ramírez. Ramos doubled to right. Hechavarría struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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            Marlins Beat deGrom and Mets 8-6 to End 7-Game Skid

            by STEVEN WINE

            MIAMI, FL -- Leaving the mound for the final time Friday night, Jacob deGrom broke into a jog as he reached the steps to the clubhouse and disappeared, eager to put the game behind him as quickly as possible.

            The Miami Marlins scored for the first time in 27 innings, pounded deGrom for seven runs and snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 8-6.

            DeGrom (3-5) gave up nine hits, and the run total against him was a season high. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner's ERA rose from 3.26 to 3.98.

            "Tonight's on me. I did a terrible job out there," deGrom said. "I let it get out of hand."

            It was too much for the Mets to overcome, even with two solo home runs by Pete Alonso, giving him 14 this year. J.D. Davis added his fourth homer for New York.

            Trevor Richards (1-5) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his first victory in nine starts this year. Sergio Romo stranded two runners in the eighth and another in the ninth for the first two-inning save of his 658-game career.

            "A pretty emotional win for us," Romo said. "We just beat one of the best pitchers in the world. That's pretty good."

            Garrett Cooper's two-run single in the third brought home Miami's first runs since Saturday - also against deGrom.

            "We had a few games where we didn't score," Cooper said. "Just to help the team get going, it helped everybody. That's what I'm trying to do."

            Jorge Alfaro hit a 456-foot home run , only the Marlins' second homer this month, and drove in three. Brian Anderson doubled twice and scored twice.

            For deGrom, the performance was reminiscent of a rocky three-game stretch in April when he battled a sore elbow. In his three most recent outings he had allowed a total of only three runs, but he said he's still fighting inconsistency.

            "I'm not being able to throw the ball where I want to right now," he said. "I wish I knew what it was. I'm trying to make the adjustment. If I knew, I'd probably fix it."

            Manager Mickey Callaway said the problem is deGrom missing the target with his usually nasty slider.

            "It's just not quite getting it there," Callaway said. "It's not quite spinning when he gets it there, and it's easier to hit."

            Miami, shut out in the past two games, broke through in the third against the Mets ace. Miguel Rojas reached on third baseman Todd Frazier's error. A sacrifice, single and stolen base put runners at second and third, and Cooper singled for his first RBIs of the year.

            The Marlins added two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Alfaro and Rojas. Alfaro's two-run homer off deGrom in the fifth made it 7-1.

            "To hit a homer against a really, really good pitcher," Alfaro said, "it feels good."

            The Marlins ended a streak of seven consecutive losses to New York. Their 11 victories this year, fewest in the majors, include three wins against former Cy Young winners - deGrom, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber.

            HE'S SORRY

            The Mets' Robinson Cano jogged to first when he grounded into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play in the seventh. He told Callaway he thought there were two out.

            "The board said two outs," Callaway said. "He understands that no matter what the board says, you have to know how many outs there are. He came up to me proactively and apologized."


            New York right fielder Carlos Gomez, called up before the game from Triple-A Syracuse, went 0 for 3. The two-time All-Star last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007.

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: LF Jeff McNeil (abdomen) was held out of the starting lineup but struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... LF Yoenis Cespedes (left and right heel surgeries) took batting practice and has started running.

            Marlins: SS Rojas (back spasms) returned to the lineup.

            UP NEXT

            Mets: LHP Steven Matz (forearm irritation) is scheduled to pitch Saturday for the first time since May 3. He's 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA and beat Miami on April 1.

            Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez (2-5, 5.93) gave up a career-high 10 runs in his most recent outing, which came against the Mets on May 10. He lasted only three innings.

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