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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 151 - Mets at Marlins - Lugo vs Despaigne - 7:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 151 - Mets at Marlins - Lugo vs Despaigne - 7:10 PM


Game 151 - New York Mets (65-85, 32-44 Road) at Miami Marlins (70-80, 37-35 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.21 ERA) vs MIA - Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3, 4.35 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:10 PM

Start up the Giancarlo Stanton MVP talk once again.

After hitting 12 homers in July and 18 in August, the Miami Marlins star cooled off in his first 15 September games, batting just .170 with three long balls and a .660 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Things got so bad that the slugger asked for Sunday off, a step he rarely takes.

On Monday, however, Stanton hit his major-league-leading 55th homer of the season, and he also drove in four runs in Miami's 13-1 win over the New York Mets.

On Tuesday night, when the teams meet for the second game of a three-game series, Stanton will try to continue to put up numbers that could make him the first Most Valuable Player in Marlins history.

Stanton, though, is just happy that the club is back at home for the first time since Sept. 6.

"It feels good," Stanton said. "It feels like we've been on the road for three weeks. It's good to get a comfortable feel."

Stanton is part of a Marlins offense that has slugged 177 homers this year, fourth most in franchise history. Their third-place number was 182, which happened in 2006.

Another key cog for the Miami offense is Marcell Ozuna, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs on Monday, hitting his 34th homer of the season.

Recap: 2017 Season - Game 150 - Mets (1) at Marlins (13) - Marlins Bomb Harvey In Miami

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Recap: 2017 Season - Game 150 - Mets (1) at Marlins (13) - Marlins Bomb Harvey In Miami

The Miami Marlins were glad to be back home -- and it showed.

Playing their first game at Marlins Park since Sept. 6 and getting the major-league-leading 55th homer from Giancarlo Stanton, Miami routed the New York Mets 13-1 on Monday night.

"It's no secret it's been a rough 15 or 16 days for us," Marlins pitcher Dan Straily said of a Miami team that had been outscored by seven or more runs in four of the past five games.

"It's nice to be on the other side of one of those games. We got beat up a little bit on the road trip. It's nice to get back home and do some laundry."

The Marlins did more than laundry. Their offense put the scoreboard on spin cycle, and Stanton did most of the damage with four RBIs.

His fourth-inning homer traveled 455 feet and was clocked at 114 mph.

After not going deep since Sept. 9, Stanton has now launched the most homers by a National League player since Ryan Howard hit 58 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006.

"I hadn't felt well lately," said Stanton, who has 117 RBIs and is four short of tying Preston Wilson, who set the franchise record in 2000. "I've felt better the past couple of days."

In addition to Stanton, Miami's Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon each had four hits and two RBIs. Ozuna slugged his 34th homer of the season, and Gordon hit his eighth triple, stole his 55th base and is hitting .400 the past 23 games.

The Marlins (70-80), who had three home games moved to Milwaukee last week due to Hurricane Irma, won for just the fourth time in their past 21 games.
Miami, which has not had a winning year against the Mets since 2013, is 10-7 versus New York (65-85) this year.

Straily (10-9) reached double figures in wins for the second straight season, holding the Mets to three hits and one run in five innings. He struck out eight and walked four.

New York's Matt Harvey (5-6) took the loss as his nightmare season continued. He allowed a season-high 12 hits, two walks and seven runs in four innings. The seven runs tied his season high and drove his ERA to 6.59.

"Everybody's watching -- I don't know what to say," Harvey said. "There's nothing to say -- terrible. It's not fun.

"There's no reason for questions. There are no answers. You're going to write what you're going to write anyway. Obviously, it's deserved."

Harvey has been so bad that Mets manager Terry Collins was asked if he should be removed from the rotation for the rest of the season.

"When somebody tells me why, we'll consider it," Collins said. "What do we have to lose?"

Harvey got into trouble right away, allowing a first-inning run on a two-out RBI single by Justin Bour. Harvey allowed three singles in the inning, including one to Tomas Telis, who scored.

Miami made it 2-0 in the third. Stanton drew a leadoff, four-pitch walk, advanced to third on a Bour double and scored on a wild pitch in the dirt.

New York cut its deficit to 2-1 in the fourth on a ground-ball single to center by Gavin Cecchini.

Stanton put Miami up 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth. After a bunt hit by Gordon, Tellis was hit by a pitch, and Stanton drilled an 88-mph slider to left-center.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 150 - Mets at Marlins - Harvey vs Straily - 7:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 150 - Mets at Marlins - Harvey vs Straily - 7:10 PM


Game 150 - New York Mets (65-84, 32-43 Road) at Miami Marlins (69-80, 36-35 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Matt Harvey (5-5, 6.14 ERA) vs MIA - Dan Straily (9-9, 4.24 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:10 PM

The New York Mets, who made the World Series in 2015 and reached the playoffs again in 2016, are concluding a miserable, injury-decimated season.

The Miami Marlins, who were 66-63 and just four games out of the National League wild-card playoff race on Aug. 27, have since fallen apart. Miami returns home with a 3-17 record in its past 20 games.

On Monday, the Marlins (69-80) will host the Mets (65-84) in a battle of teams that have been out of contention for a while and are playing with an eye toward 2018.

The Marlins have not played at Marlins Park since Sept. 6. After that, they played road series at the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, and they also had a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers moved to Wisconsin because of Hurricane Irma.

"It's not what anybody saw coming when we left Miami," Marlins pitcher Adam Conley told The Miami Herald.

Moving the Brewers series creates a very brief Marlins homestand -- just three games this week against the Mets.

The Monday pitching matchup will feature two veteran right-handers trying to get back above .500: Miami's Dan Straily (9-9, 4.24 ERA) and New York's Matt Harvey (5-5, 6.14 ERA).

Harvey, 28, has seen his career disintegrate because of injuries. The seventh pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey was 24-18 with a sub-3.00 ERA in his first three years in the majors. However, he went 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 2016 and has been brutal this year.

He has three starts left this season but has yet to prove he deserves to return to the Mets in 2018. The team could decide to not tender his $6 million contract for next year.

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 149 - Mets (5) at Braves (1) - Gsellman Gets Back On Track

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  W: R. Gsellman (7-7)   L: J. Teheran (11-12)

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 149 - Mets (5) at Braves (1) - Gsellman Gets Back On Track

A midseason trip to the minor leagues may have be partially responsible for helping New York Mets rookie Robert Gsellman get back on track.

Gsellman learned a new grip for his changeup when he was sent down to Double-A for a rehab assignment this summer. He used that pitch, changed speeds and worked the corners effectively on Sunday when he mystified the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.

The right-hander allowed only three hits over seven strong innings and pitched the Mets to a 5-1 win over the Braves.

"I'm just trying to finish strong for these guys so we can have some good momentum heading into next spring and just keep it rolling," Gsellman said.

Gsellman (7-7) gave up one unearned run and struck out three in his longest stint since May 29. Gsellman pitched ahead in the count most of the game and completed seven innings for the third time this season.

"He got some guys rolling over, conserved pitches and didn't get behind guys in a lot of counts," New York manager Terry Collins said. "I thought he was outstanding."

Gsellman improved to 3-0 in his career against the Braves. He has allowed only one unearned run and six hits in his last 13 2/3 innings against the Braves.

"He was hard to get a hold of," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "We weren't swinging real good at him. He changes speeds and moves the ball around. He's pretty tough. He pitches."

Jerry Blevins pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two. A.J. Ramos worked around a single and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.

New York won two of the three games in the series and improved to 9-6 against Atlanta.

Gsellman allowed only one runner to reach second base -- that on Freddie Freeman's first-inning double -- until the seventh inning. That's when the Braves scored their lone run as New York shortstop Amed Rosario committed errors on back-to-back plays. Jace Peterson drove Johan Camargo home with an infield grounder.

"I thought I worked well out of it," Gsellman said. "Tried to pick up Rosario. We all make mistakes. You've got to pick up your teammate sometimes."

Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (11-12) allowed two runs in the first inning and nothing afterward. He pitched six innings and gave up three hits, four walks and struck out seven. The loss snapped Teheran's four-game winning streak.

"The first inning was a little trouble for me," Teheran said. "After that, I calmed myself and got my rhythm. It's hard to start a game 2-0."


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