Preview: 2016 Season - Game 159 - Mets at Marlins - Lugo vs Urena - 7:10 PM
Game 159 - New York Mets (84-74, 40-37 Road) at Miami Marlins (78-79, 40-39 Home)
Probable Pitchers: NYM - Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA) vs MIA - Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA)
TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM
Game Time: 7:10 PM - Batters vs Pitchers Stats at Bottom of Page
The New York Mets can put on a power show. Lucas Duda hit 30 homers in 2014 and 27 last year. Curtis Granderson has 30 homers this season and 21 RBIs in 23 games this month. Yoenis Cespedes hit his 31st homer of the season Tuesday and is one of the most feared sluggers in the game. Jay Bruce, who had been slumping since the Mets acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline, has six hits in his past 14 at-bats. He, like Cespedes, his 31st homer Tuesday. Asdrubal Cabrera, a switch-hitter, has 23 homers this season and is hitting .424 in his past eight games.
Add it all up as the Mets did Tuesday when they launched 19 hits in a 12-1 victory over the Miami Marlins -- and it can be scary for opposing pitchers.
Bruce and Cespedes hit homers in the same game for the first time since the Mets made the trade.
"That's what we were hoping they would do," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "If he's back, we're going to be a different lineup."
Another big development for New York was the return of Duda, who had his first multi-RBI game since May 4. He missed nearly four months because of back surgery, returning Sept. 18.
"It's going OK -- it could be a lot better," Duda said of his comeback. "The more I play, the more comfortable I get."
The Mets (84-74) and Marlins (78-79) play their series finale Wednesday, and New York is locked in a three-way battle with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants for two NL wild-card berths, one-half game ahead of San Francisco and 1 1/2 on top of St. Louis.