Mets, Marlins open series after differing outcomes
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Miami Marlins at New York Mets
- After blowing a five-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to Atlanta, the Miami Marlins dropped to 7-14 on the road this season, the worst road record among NL teams this season. Their road batting average (.214) is the lowest in MLB.
- The New York Mets swept the Diamondbacks at Citi Field after having not won back-to-back games since April 13 (the last win in a nine-game win streak). The Mets have scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning or later in the last two games; they are now tied (Mariners) for the most wins (10) when tied or trailing at the end of six innings.
- Justin Bour has four home runs in his last five games against the Mets, all of which came in Miami. He hasn't hit a home run in Citi Field since September 16, 2015.
- Jason Vargas has lost his first three starts this season, failing to get through the fifth inning in any of them. Overall, he has recorded a decision in 16 straight games (6-10 record), which is the longest active such streak in MLB.
- On Sunday, Amed Rosario (22 years and 181 days) became the fourth-youngest Met and youngest Met since Lastings Milledge (22 years and 177 days on September 29, 2007) to have a multi-homer game. Rosario's home runs were his first two this season.
- The Mets swept the first series of the season with the Marlins. Last season, the Marlins had a winning record (5-4) at Citi Field for the first time since 2011 (5-4).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/21/2018 thru 5/23/2018
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets, in the midst of a long-awaited winning streak, probably cannot wait to get back on the field Monday. The Miami Marlins, on the other hand, might prefer to take the day off following one of the most stunning losses any team endured yet this season.
A pair of teams that experienced vastly different results Sunday will meet Monday night, when the Mets host the Marlins in the opener of a three-game series at Citi Field.
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3, 13.86 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start in almost two weeks when he opposes Marlins right-hander Elieser Hernandez (0-0, 2.25 ERA).
The Mets should be bursting with momentum after Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning Sunday to lift New York to a 4-1 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Marlins, on the other hand, may be reeling after they gave up six runs in the ninth inning and fell to the host Atlanta Braves, 10-9.
The late dramatics marked the second straight game in which the Mets (23-19) grabbed momentum in their penultimate at-bat. On Saturday, catcher Devin Mesoraco hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning before Wilmer Flores delivered the walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth. On Sunday, New York had just three hits, including Rosario's solo homer in the first six innings before scoring all its seventh-inning runs with two outs.
The three straight wins mark the first winning streak for the Mets since a nine-game run from April 3-13 when they began the season with 11 wins in 12 games. They were 9-18 in between winning streaks.
"Mes got a big hit yesterday and then Cabby today those are the things that we were missing," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday afternoon. "Today's game, for six or seven innings, looked like the games that we've been playing for the last six weeks. We were in it, but we had one hit and then Rosey pops a homer and then Cabby comes up, gets a homer.
"We just hadn't been getting those timely hits that we need to win games and we've been getting those the last few days."
The Marlins (17-29) appeared on their way to a series win over the National League East-leading Braves before Atlanta stormed back with a rally that included five runs scored with two outs. Atlanta produced five hits, drew three walks and took advantage of a two-out error by Miami first baseman Miguel Rojas, who had two homers and four RBIs.
Instead of building off a second straight series win over an NL contender after taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged Miami might have a hard time putting Sunday's loss in the rear-view mirror.
"You don't really get much tougher than this," Mattingly told reporters afterward. "Obviously we're going to have to, but right now, it feels pretty hollow to talk about getting ready to play (Monday). That's what's going to have to happen."
"This one is going to sink in a little bit and hopefully we find some ways to learn from it."
Vargas lost for the third time in as many starts on May 8, when he gave up four runs in four innings as the Mets fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2. With a pair of off-days last week, the Mets were able to utilize a four-man rotation and allow Vargas to get in some side work in hopes he could fix what has been ailing him.
Vargas suffered a broken right hand during a minor league game on March 16 but returned to the Mets after making just one minor league rehab start.
Vargas will be making just his second career start against the Marlins, with whom he began his big-league career in 2005. He took the loss on June 25, 2011, when, as a member of the Seattle Mariners, Vargas allowed four runs over six innings in the Mariners' 4-2 victory.
Hernandez, a 23-year-old rookie, will be making his second big league start and fourth career appearance. He didn't factor into the decision in his first start last Wednesday, when he gave up one run over five innings in the Marlins' 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This will be Hernandez's first appearance against the Mets.
The Mets completed a three-game sweep in Miami April 9-11.
Updated May 20, 2018