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  W: C. Smith (5-4)   L: J. Vargas (3-5)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 12, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 11,856

Mets looking to jump start second half in Miami

According to STATS
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New York Mets at Miami Marlins

  1. The Mets won their first five games versus the Marlins this season but were swept last time the teams met, managing only six runs, all in the series-opening game. New York managed three hits in these two games, the fewest by any team in a two-game span since the Dodgers in 2015 (two hits from 8/19-8/21).
  2. The Mets have gone 3-10 since June 23, with all their wins in that span coming at home. New York started the season 7-1 on the road, but have gone 10-30 since, the worst record away from home in MLB in that span.
  3. Pete Alonso slugged 30 home runs prior to the All-Star break, tying Aaron Judge (2017) for the second most by a rookie pre-break all-time (Mark McGwire, 33 HR in 1987).
  4. The Marlins lost six of seven heading into the break despite outhitting opponents 64-63 in that span. Miami ranks last in MLB in home runs with 68 and last in extra-base hits with 212.
  5. After hitting .212 in limited action last season, Garrett Cooper is hitting .306 in 2019. As a team, the Marlins are hitting .253 when Cooper starts compared to .225 when he does not.
  6. Among National League left-handers with at least 10 starts, Caleb Smith's 3.50 ERA ranks sixth while Jason Vargas' 3.77 mark ranks eighth. Smith is holding opponents to a .201 batting average, lowest among this same group of NL southpaws.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/12/2019 thru 7/14/2019

Two teams with statements to make, along with growth to show, will test each other when the second half begins with the New York Mets visiting the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

The Mets have been largely a disappointment under second-year manager Mickey Callaway, whose job status seems tenuous at best. Rumors circulated that he could be fired after the Mets were swept on their last visit to Miami in May.

Spared a dismissal thus far, Callaway's best chance of staying on board is to somehow get the club into playoff contention.

"I feel like we can make a run at this thing," Callaway said during the break. "We can sneak into that wild card (race), sneak back in this division. ... Anything can happen in baseball."

At 40-50, though, becoming sellers at the trade deadline seems far more likely. And reports already have surfaced this week that right-hander Noah Syndergaard is available in a trade if a team is willing to offer an exorbitant return.

One player not going anywhere is rookie Pete Alonso, who hit 30 first-half home runs before winning the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities.

Alonso is just 11 homers short of the Mets' single-season record and is 22 behind the MLB rookie record set by Aaron Judge in 2017.

The Marlins know all about youth as they proceed with a rebuild, and while they don't have anybody on offense as dynamic as Alonso, they are showing growth, especially with their pitching staff. Miami starters have a combined 4.28 ERA, seventh best in the National League and ahead of respected staffs like the Washington Nationals and Milwaukee Brewers.

Hard-throwing right-hander Sandy Alcantara put his abilities on display in the All-Star Game, throwing a scoreless inning on 10 pitches. His second-half debut is not expected until Sunday, as the Marlins will send left-hander Caleb Smith (4-4, 3.50 ERA) to the mound Friday. Smith is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against the Mets

The Marlins closed out the first half with a 4-3 loss against the Atlanta Braves when a late rally fell just short.

"Pretty indicative, I think, of our first half," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the team's 33-55 play. "The guys have shown they're not going to quit playing. Even the last day before the break, when people are trying to get out, guys kept playing. I'm really proud of the effort."

The Marlins' offense, which remains a work in progress, will have to face left-hander Jason Vargas (3-4, 3.77 ERA) on Friday. The veteran is 3-1 over four career starts against the Marlins with a 3.27 ERA, as all three victories have come in the past two seasons.

The Mets did win the first five meetings against the Marlins this season and have a 40-28 advantage in runs scored. It is New York's second-most victories against one team this season, behind the eight they have against the Nationals.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2019

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