Mets in Duel for Division Title
The New York Mets try to avoid a series sweep when they host the Miami Marlins in the second of a two-game series on Wednesday night. New York has lost three of its last five to fall into a first-place tie atop the National League East standings with the Atlanta Braves.
Miami has won three of its last four and is in fourth place in the NL East, 32½ games behind the Mets and Braves. Despite the difference in records, the Marlins showed how tough they can play the Mets in the opener, so before you do any betting online on this one, read our in-depth preview of the game.
Marlins Showing Some Fight
The Miami Marlins could have just been the next victim of the New York Mets on the way to the playoffs, but they weren’t going to lay down on Tuesday night. Instead, they forged a 6-3 lead and held on for a 6-4 victory despite some controversy near the end of the game, with pitcher Richard Bleier getting called for three balks in the eighth inning.
Left-hander Jesus Luzardo will try to keep the Mets at bay in the series finale when he makes his 17th start. Luzardo is 3-7 with a 3.57 ERA, striking out 102 in 88⅓ innings. He’s coming off a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 21 in which he went 6⅔ innings and allowed just one run on three hits while striking out 11 and walking one.
Outfielder JJ Bleday was 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Tuesday’s victory. Bleday is batting just .175 in his first 58 games in the majors, hitting 10 doubles, a triple and five home runs, driving in 13 runs and scoring 19 times.
Mets Try to Avoid Looking Ahead
The New York Mets have an important series with the Atlanta Braves this season, with both teams tied for the top spot in the NL East heading into Wednesday’s action. New York Mets needs to concentrate on this game first, however, as they don’t want to go into the weekend already down in the race for the division title.
“This is fun — this is really, really fun, being in a race like this,” Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said after Tuesday’s loss. “(Wednesday)’s another chance for us to be great and we just want to continue to play the great baseball we’ve been playing all year.”
Alonso has been pretty great, hitting his 40th home run in Tuesday’s loss to become the first Mets player to reach that plateau twice. Alonso is batting .270 with 27 doubles, 131 RBIs (tops in baseball) and 91 runs scored.
New York will have right-hander Taijuan Walker getting the start for Wednesday’s contest. Walker is 12-5 with a 3.53 ERA, striking out 114 in 148 innings over 27 starts. Walker took a loss in his last start, facing the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 21 and allowing four runs on six hits over six innings while striking out three and walking three.
Marlins vs Mets Head-To-Head
The New York Mets have already clinched the season series with the Miami Marlins for the fifth straight season, but the Marlins are trying to finish with a flourish. The Marlins’ last two-game winning streak against the Mets came in September 2021.
Miami could end up .500 at Citi Field with a victory on Wednesday, as it is 4-5 at the venue this season. The MLB lines for Wednesday’s contest aren’t anticipating that happening, however, as New York is favored to come away with the win.
Marlins vs Mets Game Information
- Game: Marlins (64-90) vs Mets (97-58)
- Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Marlins vs Mets Live Stream: ESPN
Marlins vs Mets Betting Lines
J. Luzardo -L
|+1½ -135||+160||7 -105o||2½ -130o
|New York Mets
T. Walker -R
|-1½ +115||-180||7 -115u||3½ -145o
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Marlins vs Mets Prediction
The New York Mets have been having their troubles of late, but they should turn it on against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Look for a solid effort from the Mets as they finish with a split in the two-game series with a victory.
When making your MLB picks, take New York to get the win at home.