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  • Mets @ Marlins: 07/12 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ

    GAME 91, ROAD GAME 49

    Friday, 12th July
    7:10 PM ET
    Marlins Park









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    Mets Looking to Jump Start Second Half in Miami

    MIAMI, FL -- Two teams with statements to make, along with growth to show, will test each other when the second half begins with the New York Mets visiting the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

    The Mets have been largely a disappointment under second-year manager Mickey Callaway, whose job status seems tenuous at best. Rumors circulated that he could be fired after the Mets were swept on their last visit to Miami in May.

    Spared a dismissal thus far, Callaway's best chance of staying on board is to somehow get the club into playoff contention.

    "I feel like we can make a run at this thing," Callaway said during the break. "We can sneak into that wild card (race), sneak back in this division. ... Anything can happen in baseball."

    At 40-50, though, becoming sellers at the trade deadline seems far more likely. And reports already have surfaced this week that right-hander Noah Syndergaard is available in a trade if a team is willing to offer an exorbitant return.

    One player not going anywhere is rookie Pete Alonso, who hit 30 first-half home runs before winning the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities.

    Alonso is just 11 homers short of the Mets' single-season record and is 22 behind the MLB rookie record set by Aaron Judge in 2017.

    The Marlins know all about youth as they proceed with a rebuild, and while they don't have anybody on offense as dynamic as Alonso, they are showing growth, especially with their pitching staff. Miami starters have a combined 4.28 ERA, seventh best in the National League and ahead of respected staffs like the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.

    Hard-throwing right-hander Sandy Alcantara put his abilities on display in the All-Star Game, throwing a scoreless inning on 10 pitches. His second-half debut is not expected until Sunday, as the Marlins will send left-hander Caleb Smith (4-4, 3.50 ERA) to the mound Friday. Smith is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against the Mets

    The Marlins closed out the first half with a 4-3 loss against the Atlanta Braves when a late rally fell just short.

    "Pretty indicative, I think, of our first half," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the team's 33-55 play. "The guys have shown they're not going to quit playing. Even the last day before the break, when people are trying to get out, guys kept playing. I'm really proud of the effort."

    The Marlins' offense, which remains a work in progress, will have to face left-hander Jason Vargas (3-4, 3.77 ERA) on Friday. The veteran is 3-1 over four career starts against the Marlins with a 3.27 ERA, as all three victories have come in the past two seasons.

    The Mets did win the first five meetings against the Marlins this season and have a 40-28 advantage in runs scored. It is New York's second-most victories against one team this season, behind the eight they have against the Nationals.

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      • The Mets won their first five games versus the Marlins this season but were swept last time the teams met, managing only six runs, all in the series-opening game. New York managed three hits in these two games, the fewest by any team in a two-game span since the Dodgers in 2015 (two hits from 8/19-8/21).
      • The Mets have gone 3-10 since June 23, with all their wins in that span coming at home. New York started the season 7-1 on the road, but have gone 10-30 since, the worst record away from home in MLB in that span.
      • Pete Alonso slugged 30 home runs prior to the All-Star break, tying Aaron Judge (2017) for the second most by a rookie pre-break all-time (Mark McGwire, 33 HR in 1987).
      • The Marlins lost six of seven heading into the break despite outhitting opponents 64-63 in that span. Miami ranks last in MLB in home runs with 68 and last in extra-base hits with 212.
      • After hitting .212 in limited action last season, Garrett Cooper is hitting .306 in 2019. As a team, the Marlins are hitting .253 when Cooper starts compared to .225 when he does not.
      • Among National League left-handers with at least 10 starts, Caleb Smith's 3.50 ERA ranks sixth while Jason Vargas' 3.77 mark ranks eighth. Smith is holding opponents to a .201 batting average, lowest among this same group of NL southpaws.

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          Top of 1:
          Mets first. McNeil was out bunting, pitcher Smith to first baseman Cooper. Davis walked on a full count. Alonso struck out. Ramos popped out to second baseman Castro.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 1:
          Marlins first. Rojas flied out to left fielder Davis. Granderson grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted. Cooper flied out to right fielder McNeil.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 2:
          Mets second. Canó grounded out, second baseman Castro to pitcher Smith. Frazier lined out to first baseman Cooper. Conforto struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 2:
          Marlins second. Anderson popped out to first baseman Alonso. Castro grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. H.Ramírez fouled out to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 3:
          Mets third. Rosario singled to center. J.Vargas bunted into a double play, catcher Alfaro to shortstop Rojas to second baseman Castro, Rosario out. McNeil singled to center. McNeil was safe, though caught stealing, on first baseman Cooper's throwing error, McNeil to second. Davis walked. Alonso walked on a full count, McNeil to third, Davis to second. Ramos singled to left, McNeil scored, Davis scored, Alonso to second. Canó flied out to left fielder Granderson.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 3

          Bottom of 3:
          Marlins third. Alfaro singled to center. Riddle flied out to center fielder Conforto. Alfaro stole second. Smith singled to right, Alfaro to third. Rojas hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Conforto, Alfaro scored. Granderson homered to right on a full count, Smith scored. Cooper homered to left on a 1-1 count. Anderson grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 4, Hits: 4

          Top of 4:
          Mets fourth. Frazier struck out. Conforto walked on a full count. Rosario struck out. J.Vargas flied out to center fielder Riddle.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 4:
          Marlins fourth. Castro grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. H.Ramírez grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso. Alfaro struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 5:
          Mets fifth. McNeil struck out. Davis flied out to right fielder H.Ramírez. Alonso struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 5:
          Marlins fifth. Riddle grounded out, second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso. Smith flied out to left fielder Davis. Rojas grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 6:
          Mets sixth. Ramos walked on four pitches. Canó flied out to left fielder Granderson. Frazier flied out to left fielder Granderson. Conforto popped out to second baseman Castro.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 6:
          Marlins sixth. Granderson walked on a full count. Cooper doubled to center, Granderson scored. Gsellman pitching. Anderson homered to right on a 0-1 count, Cooper scored. Castro grounded out, pitcher Gsellman to first baseman Alonso. H.Ramírez was hit by a pitch. Alfaro grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Canó, H.Ramírez out. Riddle singled to right, Alfaro to third. Walker pinch-hitting for Smith. Walker flied out to center fielder Conforto.
          Runs: 3, Hits: 3

          Top of 7:
          Mets seventh. J.García pitching. Rosario lined out to center fielder Riddle. Hechavarría pinch-hitting for Gsellman. Hechavarría lined out to shortstop Rojas. McNeil struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 7:
          Marlins seventh. Mazza pitching. Rojas grounded out, catcher Ramos to first baseman Alonso. Granderson struck out. Cooper struck out.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Top of 8:
          Mets eighth. Hernandez pitching. Davis struck out. Alonso struck out. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Anderson to first baseman Cooper.
          Runs: 0, Hits: 0

          Bottom of 8:
          Marlins eighth. Anderson walked. Castro tripled to right, Anderson scored. H.Ramírez was hit by a pitch. Alfaro grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Canó to first baseman Alonso, H.Ramírez out. Avilán pitching. Castro was out advancing, pitcher Avilán to catcher Ramos, Castro out.
          Runs: 1, Hits: 1

          Top of 9:
          Mets ninth. Conley pitching. Puello in as right fielder. Canó singled to left. Frazier homered to center on a 3-1 count, Canó scored. Conforto struck out. Rosario struck out. Nido pinch-hitting for Avilán. Nido flied out to center fielder Riddle.
          Runs: 2, Hits: 2

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            Cooper, Granderson Help Power Marlins Past Mets, 8-4

            by CHRISTOPHER STOCK

            MIAMI, FL -- Garrett Cooper, Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson all homered and drove in two runs to power the Miami Marlins to an 8-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break for both clubs.

            The Marlins beat the Mets for the fourth straight time.

            Miami's Caleb Smith (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and worked around a season-high five walks.

            Granderson and Cooper hit back-to-back home runs as part of a four-run third inning for the Marlins off Jason Vargas (3-5) to take a 4-2 lead.

            It was Granderson's eighth of the season, Cooper's ninth.

            Granderson and Cooper also keyed another rally for the Marlins in the sixth. Granderson led off with a walk and Cooper hit a double off the glove of center fielder Michael Conforto on a deep fly ball, scoring Granderson and ending Vargas' outing.

            Anderson immediately followed with a two-run homer, his 12th, off Robert Gsellman to give the Marlins a 7-2 lead.

            Starlin Castro added an RBI triple in the eighth to cap the scoring for the Marlins.

            The Mets took an early lead on a two-run single by Wilson Ramos.

            Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mets.


            Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who won Monday's Home Run Derby contest as part of the All-Star festivities, went 0 for 3 with a walk and tied a season high with three strikeouts. It was only the second time since May 29 Alonso has struck out three times in a game.


            Miami first-round pick J.J. Bleday has signed with the club and was at the stadium, taking part in batting practice before the game.

            "It's been great," Bleday said. "This city does a good job in welcoming in young players and young athletes. It's fun to be a part of, the weather is great, the city is great. It's just a great experience."

            Bleday, an outfielder who was the fourth overall selection, helped Vanderbilt to a national championship and led the nation in home runs.

            "It's an exciting day for us as an organization," Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter said. "We want to infuse our organization with as much talent as we possibly can. J.J. had arguably the best season in college baseball. You're talking about a guy that hits for power, hits for average, has played in some games with a lot of pressure and he's performed, so we are extremely excited to have him as a part of the organization."

            TRAINER'S ROOM

            Mets: 2B Jed Lowrie had a setback in his recovery as he awaits his season debut. "His strength on his left side (with his knee and hamstring) is really good," general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Unfortunately he's now battling a lower right calf strain, a low-grade calf strain that he started to feel as his workload was ramped up so we're going to take care of that and then hopefully progress within a time frame to be able to play in the second half." . OF Brandon Nimmo (neck) "is doing well," Van Wagenen said. "He was shut down for 30 days because of high-workload baseball activity. That timeline is coming up on the 18th of July. Right now he's playing catch and ramping up his running so hopefully everything will go well as we head towards the 18th and we can start another progression."

            UP NEXT

            Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (6-4, 4.68 ERA) is 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA in nine career starts against the Marlins.

            Marlins: RHP Zac Gallen (0-1, 4.50) will make his fourth career start, his first since a two-inning outing cut short due to rain at Washington on July 2.

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