The Mets won their second straight game on Tuesday night, defeating the Marlins by a score of 8-3. The Mets now sit at 11-14 on the season, while the Marlins have dropped four straight games. Additionally, New York leads the season series four games to one. They will look to win three straight games for the first time all season on Wednesday.
Long-balls jump-start offense again
The Mets hit multiple home runs for the second straight game. Brandon Nimmo got the scoring started by launching a solo homer in the top of the third, his fourth long-ball on the season. Additionally, Nimmo had a huge night offensively, going 3-for-5 and finishing a double shy of the cycle.
J.D. Davis chipped in a solo homer in the top of the fourth, which was also his fourth of the season. Amed Rosario smacked a long solo homer in the top of the seventh for the Mets’ third homer of the night, his second of the season. Additionally, the slumping Rosario had his best game of the season, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dominic Smith racked up two more RBIs as well, raising his team-leading total to 20 on the season. That number ties Smith with J.T. Realmuto for fourth-best in the NL.
Pitching staff steps up
A few hours before game-time, the Mets received word that David Peterson was scratched from his start and placed on the injured list. Corey Oswalt made the emergency start and pitched solidly. He went 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out four and issuing no walks.
Additionally, the Mets received scoreless outings from Justin Wilson, Jared Hughes, and Dellin Betances. Wilson, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Tuesday, was credited with the win, his first of the season. After a double and two infield singles plated a run, Edwin Díaz struck out the last three batters he faced to seal the victory. This was once again a very encouraging performance from the pitching staff, especially from the bullpen.
Jacob deGrom will make his return to the mound on Wednesday against Pablo Lopez. deGrom was scratched from his start last Friday due to a nagging neck injury. He’s off to a strong start to the season, with a 2.45 ERA/246 FIP, 0.955 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 22 innings (11.5 K/9). Lopez pitched well against the Braves in his last start, picking up the win while allowing two runs and striking out eight in six innings. Overall, Lopez has a 2.25 ERA/2.33 FIP, 1.125 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched (10.7 K/9). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 P.M. EST.
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