Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 28th 2022

Stadium: Citi Field New York City
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With eight days left in the season, the New York Mets are bound for the playoffs and in a tie for the National League East lead with the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

The Mets prefer to look at it as the position they would have loved to have been in when spring training began -- and not as the position that would have been hard to fathom for most of the summer.

The Mets will look to at least maintain their tie with the Braves on Wednesday night when they host the Miami Marlins in the finale of a two-game series between the division rivals.



Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker (12-5, 3.53 ERA) is slated to take the mound against Marlins left-hander Jesus Luzardo (3-7, 3.57).

Miami knocked New York out of sole possession of first place Tuesday night, when JJ Bleday hit a two-run homer, Jacob Stallings had a two-RBI single and Pablo Lopez tossed six solid innings in a 6-4 win.

The loss by the Mets (97-58), coupled with the Braves' 8-2 rout of the Washington Nationals, created a deadlock atop the NL East for the second time this month. Atlanta (97-58) faces Washington in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Following an off day on Thursday, the Mets are scheduled to visit the Braves for a three-game series starting Friday, though Hurricane Ian might impact when and where the games are played.

The Mets led the Braves by as many as 10 1/2 games in June and by 6 1/2 games after winning four times in a five-game series between the teams in New York in early August. But Atlanta is 33-12 since then -- the best record in the majors during that span.

"If you'd asked me in February -- who knows, some people might have taken you up on that," New York manager Buck Showalter said of the situation facing the Mets over the final seven games. "But our guys have worked hard to create an opportunity. Turn the page and it's about (Wednesday) night and Luzardo. And hopefully Tai can have a good outing, give us a chance."

The Marlins (64-90) may also have a say in who wins the division. Miami finishes the season -- and manager Don Mattingly's seven-season tenure as manager -- with three home games against the Braves starting on Monday.

"We're going to have Atlanta for three at the end of the year and that's important, too," said Mattingly, who announced on Sunday that he would step down at the end of the season. "Obviously, in our situation, we want our guys to play hard. And out of respect to everyone in the game -- out of respect to Atlanta -- it's up to us (to) play hard and give our best effort. So that part feels good."

Walker took the defeat in his most recent start, when he gave up four runs over six innings as the Mets fell 6-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 21. He is 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Marlins, but he has dominated them this year, going 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA in five starts.

Luzardo didn't factor into the decision on Sept. 21, when he allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings in the Marlins' 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He struck out 11 and walked one.

Luzardo is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three career starts against the Mets. He has faced New York once this year, taking a loss on Sept. 11 after yielding five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets Recap JUL 10TH 2022

Billy Hamilton scored the game's first run in the 10th inning Sunday afternoon as the visiting Miami Marlins salvaged a split of a four-game series by edging the New York Mets 2-0.

The Marlins have won eight of 11. The Mets fell to 6-4 this month.

Hamilton, who pinch-ran for Garrett Cooper as the automatic runner at second base to start the 10th, stole third on a 2-1 pitch to Jesus Aguilar and trotted home when the throw from catcher Tomas Nido sailed into left field.

Hamilton also scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error by the Mets in the 10th inning of New York's 5-4 win Saturday.

Tommy Hunter (0-1) struck out Aguilar before Jesus Sanchez singled. Sanchez went to second on a two-out single by Bryan De La Cruz and scored on Luke Williams' single.

Richard Bleier (1-1) worked around a one-out error by shortstop Joey Wendle in the ninth. Tanner Scott earned his 12th save with a hitless 10th in which he whiffed Francisco Lindor, the potential winning run, for the final out.

Jon Berti had three hits -- all off Mets starter Taijuan Walker -- while Luis Guillorme singled three times against Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara.

Alcantara and Walker were otherwise dominant in tossing seven scoreless innings apiece.

Alcantara, a leading candidate to start for the National League in the All-Star Game on July 19, gave up six hits and walked one while striking out four in lowering his ERA to 1.73. He has thrown 19 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings and has tossed at least seven innings in 12 straight starts.

Walker, who made the NL All-Star team last year, surrendered three hits and walked one while striking out seven in reducing his ERA to 2.63.

Each starter allowed just one runner beyond second base. Walker plunked Wendle leading off the fourth before Berti singled. Wendle went to third on Cooper's double-play grounder and was stranded there when Aguilar grounded out to short.

Brandon Nimmo led off the sixth by reaching on an error by third baseman Brian Anderson and Mark Canha walked before Nimmo advanced to third on Lindor's double play. Alcantara ended the inning by retiring Pete Alonso on a pop-up.

--Field Level Media

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