Preview: 2016 Season - Game 96 - Mets at Marlins - deGrom vs Fernandez - 7:10 PM
Game 96 - New York Mets (51-44, 25-24 Road) at Miami Marlins (52-44, 24-20 Home)
Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38 ERA) vs MIA - Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53 ERA)
TV/Radio: WPIX/WOR 710 AM
Game Time: 7:10 PM - Batters vs Pitchers Stats at Bottom of Page
The New York Mets have tightened up the playoff battle after beating the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night.
The Mets trail the Marlins by a half-game in the race for the second and final National League wild-card spot.
Miami, however, has an ace in the hole Saturday night -- ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who has been nearly unstoppable at Marlins Park with a 25-1 career record and a 1.43 ERA.
Against the Mets, Fernandez is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six career starts.
Fernandez will face 2015 All-Star Jacob deGrom, who is 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA this season.
Lately, deGrom has been even better -- 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his past four starts.
"If you are going to have a guy on our staff to match up with Fernandez, it would be Jacob deGrom," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "(deGrom) has pitched in his past few starts as good as anybody.
"Again, if you are a baseball fan -- if you love the game -- (Saturday night) is the game you want to come to see."
Besides the great pitching matchup and the wild-card playoff race, the other bit of intrigue regarding Saturday's game revolves around Marlins backup outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is four hits shy of 3,000.
Suzuki, who struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday, could get a start on Saturday against deGrom, a right-hander, as opposed to waiting until Sunday, when Miami faces lefty Steven Matz.
Certainly, the Fernandez-deGrom matchup will captivate baseball, and a Suzuki start would only add to the marquee value of the game.