Monday Night Lineup: Marlins vs Mets

  1. Rosario SS
  2. McNeil 2B
  3. Alonso 1B
  4. J.D. Davis LF
  5. Ramos C
  6. Frazier 3B
  7. Conforto RF
  8. Lagares CF
  9. Matz LHP

A sick and struggling Marcus Stroman helped the New York Mets secure the win and the series victory yesterday against the Reds in Cincinnati. Today, the Mets will look to keep this momentum going as they host the Miami Marlins for a four-game set before the last series of the season against the Atlanta Braves.

Steven Matz will hit the mound for the New York Mets in today’s contest after being swapped in the rotation with Marcus Stroman. The reason for the swap? Well, Matz has been nothing short of brilliant when pitching at Citi Field. The left hander from Stony Brook is posting a 1.94 ERA while pitching at home and owns a 7-1 record under those circumstances. Overall, Matz is 10-9 with a 4.16 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP while also having struck out 143 batters in 149.1 innings.

The Miami Marlins will have fellow left hander Caleb Smith on the hill and on the road, Smith hasn’t been seeing much success. Smith owns a 3-6 record with an ERA of 4.94 while pitching away from Miami. While he’s 2-0 against the Mets throughout his career, this season Smith is 9-10 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP while striking out 164 batters in 144.1 innings pitched.

J.D. Smith will likely get the start in left field with Robinson Canó having to be removed from yesterday afternoon’s game due to being hit by a pitch on his big right toe. This will allow the Orange & Blue to shift Jeff McNeil over to second base from left field, adding more power to the lineup. Against left handers, Davis is hitting .308/.374/.519/.893 with seven doubles and seven home runs.

Tonight’s contest will be held at Citi Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised on SNY as well as for free on the MLB app.

Also read: #MetsCrushMonday: Carlos Cortes

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