Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Miami Marlins (67-63) as they meet Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) and the New York Mets (66-64) in the first of a four-game series at Citi Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on SNY and FSFL.
In his most recent outing, Montero pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one run, striking out two and walking one in an 11-1 victory over the Phillies. Yoenis Cespedes (.295, 55 Rs, 26 HRs, 67 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Marlins were also victorious the last time Fernandez pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 3-0 victory over the Royals. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the NL East, the Mets have a SU record of 25-25. The most recent 10-game stretch for the Mets has gone great. Over that span, New York is averaging 5.9 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.9. As for the New York defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Mets, who allow only 3.9 runs per game. The Mets don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the NL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
Against divisional rivals, the Marlins are 22-28 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.9 runs per game, below their 4.2 season average. Miami's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.1. They also allow just 8.3 hits per game, good for fourth in the NL.
The Mets have gotten the best of the Marlins in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-5. This game will feature Fernandez (RHP) on the mound against the Mets, who have a 49-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Montero will take the mound against the Marlins, who have a 46-54 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYM
This season, the Mets hold an even 25-25 record against NL East teams. The Marlins sit at 22-28 against these opponents.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Mets are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Marlins have a 23-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 9-39. The Mets have an 18-49 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami ranks near the bottom of the league at 29th when it comes to home runs, hitting 106 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 with 173.
Ranking 12th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.12 per game. Miami ranks in the top five at second with 9.36.
Ranking 23rd, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.724). Miami ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .732.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, they are 29-38. When the Mets allow one or more homers, they have a 30-46 record.