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MLB Preview: New York Mets (69-80) at Miami Marlins (78-72)


METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets defeated the Reds, 8-4, yesterday at Citi Field… The Mets have outscored their opponents 77-55 in 15 games this month…New York is in a stretch of 17 straight games without an off-day (5-5)…The Mets head out on their final road trip of the year, a seven-game trip to Miami (three games) and Philadelphia (four games).

ON LOAN: Francisco Lindor has played 21 career games at the home of the Marlins…He is a .304 (24-79) hitter with 13 runs, seven doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI, 12 walks with a .404 OBP and a .506 SLG…Pete Alonso has posted a .635 SLG in 32 career games in Miami…He has recorded five doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 22 RBI and 21 walks in that span.

X MARK’S THE SPOT: In 16 games since his return from the 10-Day IL, Mark Vientos is batting .268 (15-56) with nine runs, one triple, three home runs, six RBI, three walks with a .328 OBP and a .464 SLG…Over his last six games, Vientos is bating .348 (8-23) with four runs, one home runs, three RBI, one walks with a .37 5 OBP and a .478 SLG.

DOING THE SPLITS: Brandon Nimmo is batting .285 with 42 runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 33 RBI, 35 walks with a .367 OBP and a .458 SLG in 71 games on the road this season…This compares to a .247/.346/.452 slashline in 72 games at Citi Field…Francisco Lindor has posted a .284/.354/.533 slashline with 54 runs, 23 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 26 walks in 74 games on the road in 2023…He has posted .213/.311/.375 slash in 73 games at Citi Field…Pete Alonso is slashing .243/.350/.579 with 24 home runs and 51 RBI in 70 road games…He is batting .202/.302/.473 at Citi Field.

WE FOUND NIMMO: Brandon Nimmo has safely hit in 16 of his last 18 games… Since August 28, Nimmo is batting .316 (24-76) with 11 runs, six doubles, one triple, five home runs, nine RBI, five walks with a .366 OBP and a .618 SLG…He has socked a career-best 23 home runs this season…Nimmo has recorded 60 RBI in 2023…His career-best is 64, which he recorded in 2022.

I DON’T WANT TO ROCK, DJ: Over his last 25 games, DJ Stewart is batting .308 (28-91) with 16 runs, six doubles, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and a 1.073 OPS…In 48 games this year, Stewart is batting .265 (35-132) with 19 runs, eight doubles, 11 home runs, 26 RBI, 12 walks, a .347 OBP and a .576 SLG…Stewart recorded a career-high 12 home runs in 100 games with Baltimore in 2021.

Rank Player HR Year

  1. Granderson 26 2015
  2. Agee 24 1970
  3. Nimmo 23 2023
  4. Agee 22 1969
    Rank Player HR Years
  5. Reyes 91 2003-18
  6. Nimmo 70 2016-23
  7. Agee 59 1968-72
  8. Granderson 58 2014-17

DINGERS!: The Mets have socked 196 home runs this season…That is the fifth-most in the National League…The 2022 Mets hit 171 home runs…The team’s 196
home runs are the sixth-most in a single season in franchise history…Next up is the 2000 team, which hit 198 in the season…Four teams in franchise history have cracked 200+ home runs in a single year 2019 (242), 2017 (224), 2016 (218) and 2006 (200).

SENGA GENESIS: Kodai Senga has recorded 191 strikeouts…That is the second-most strikeouts by a rookie in franchise history…He is 10-7 with a 2.95 ERA (51 ER/155.1 IP) with 72 walks and 191 strikeouts in 27 starts this season… His 2.95 ERA ranks fourth in the majors and third in the National League…His 191 strikeouts are the seventh-most in the NL…With nine more strikeouts, he would become the 13th pitcher in franchise history to record 200 or more strikeouts in a season…Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were the last pitchers to do so…Tom Seaver owns the franchise record with nine such seasons.

GOT TO GO TO MO’S: Ronny Mauricio has safely hit in 10 of his first 13 career games…He is batting .313 (15-48) with two runs, two doubles, one home run, seven RBI, three walks and five steals in his first 13 career games…He is one of five players in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first five career major league games.

STEAL THIS ALBUM: The Mets lead the major leagues with a 90.1% success rate in stolen bases this season…The team has stolen 109 bases out of 121 attempts…It’s the highest success rate in franchise history…The previous high was 82.3% which was accomplished in 2004.

MARLINS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 54-47 at loanDepot Park…New York has won five of its last six contests in Miami.

2023: 5-2 2022: 13-6 History: 274-233
@NY: 2-1 @NY: 6-4 @NY: 145-112
@MIA: 3-1 @MIA: 7-2 @MIA: 128-119
@PR: 1-2

EL JEFF-E: In 44 games since the start of August, Jeff McNeil is batting .290 (51-176) with 27 runs, seven doubles, one triple, six home runs, 18 RBI, seven walks with four steals, a .330 OBP and a .443 SLG.


  1. Darryl Strawberry 252
  2. David Wright 242
  3. Mike Piazza 220
  4. Howard Johnson 192
  5. Pete Alonso 191


  1. Ralph Kiner 215
  2. Albert Pujols 201
  3. Pete Alonso 191
  4. Eddie Mathews 190
    Courtesy of Elias

💯: Pete Alonso became the fourth player in Mets history to record three or more seasons with 100 or more RBI…He has previously recorded two seasons with 100 RBI (120 in 2019 and 131 in 2022)…David Wright is the franchise leader with five such seasons…Carlos Beltrán and Darryl Strawberry also recorded three seasons each…Alonso’s 492 RBI since he entered the league in 2019 are the most in the major leagues…He is second in the majors and in the NL with 112 RBI.

Pete Alonso 2019 53
Pete Alonso 2023 45
Carlos Beltrán 2006 41
Todd Hundley 1996 41
Pete Alonso 2022 40
Mike Piazza 1999 40


  1. Darryl Strawberry 22
  2. David Wright 21
  3. Pete Alonso 19
    T4. Carlos Beltrán 17
    T4. Mike Piazza 17

FOR PETE’S SAKE: Pete Alonso has recorded his second season with 45 or more home runs, becoming the only player in franchise history to do so…He recorded his third season with 40 or more home runs…He became the fifth player in major league history with three or more seasons of 40 or more homers in their first five years, joining Ralph Kiner (four), Ryan Howard (three), Albert Pujols (three) and Eddie Mathews (three)…He is the only player in franchise history with multiple seasons of 40 or more home runs…He is tied for second in the majors and is second in the National League with 45 home runs…Alonso’s 191 home runs since he entered the league in 2019 are the most in the major leagues.

30-FOR-30: Lindor has recorded 33 doubles and 26 home runs this season… He is looking to become the 12th player in franchise history to record a 30/30 season…The last player to accomplish that feat was Pete Alonso in 2019…He has stolen 26 bases this year…He is looking to become the fourth player in franchise history to record 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 30 steals in a single-season…He would join David Wright (2007), Howard Johnson (1991 & 1989) and Darryl Strawberry (1987).

LINSANITY: Over his last 79 games, Francisco Lindor is batting .285 (83-291) with 61 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 43 RBI, 36 walks, 20 steals with a .372 OBP, a .498 SLG and an .870 OPS…Lindor has stolen a career-high 26 bases this season.

2023 STATS: 1-2, 3.46 E R A

LAST TIME OUT: Earned his first career major league win after throwing 5.0 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 12… Allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks…Fanned a career-high seven batters in a 7-4 Mets victory.

BUTTO’S GONE FISHIN’: Butto will face the Marlins for the first time in his career…Holds an 0-1 record with a 6.00 ERA (11 ER/15.0 IP) against NL East opponents in his career…Butto made his major league debut against the Phillies on August 21, 2022 and has faced the Nationals twice this season (4/25 vs. WAS, 9/6 @ WAS).

SLINGIN’ IN SYRACUSE: Butto has made 19 starts in Syracuse this season, pitching to a 3-7 record with a 5.93 ERA (60 ER/91.0 IP)…In his last start on August 27 against the Buffalo Bisons, Butto suffered the loss after throwing 5.0 innings, during which he allowed four earned runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out three batters…Butto’s last win came on August 10 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against the Railriders, during which he tossed 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while fanning four batters… Butto leads the Syracuse Mets in strikeouts this season with 82.

DEBUTTO: RHP José Butto made his season debut on April 16 at Oakland in his last start…He threw 5.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts…He did not factor into the decision as the Mets won in 10 innings, 4-3.


The Marlins today continue the final homestand of the season, with the opener of a three-game series vs. the New York Mets. Are coming off a sweep vs. the Braves in the first leg of this nine-game ‘stand that will conclude with three games against the Brewers from Sept. 22-24, following an off-day on Thursday, September 21. Miami is currently in the midst of 16 straight games before the club’s next off-day on Thursday. The Marlins have 78 wins this season, the most by the club since 2016 (79 wins).

The Marlins enter today in possession of the third NL Wild Card spot, as Miami solidified the tiebreaker vs. the Cubs by going 4-2 in the season series. The club entered September with a .500 or better record for the 1st time in a full season since 2016, and 8th time overall in club history.

Miami finished a series sweep against Atlanta on Sunday with a 16-2 victory. LHP Jesus Luzardo tossed 6.0 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts. The Marlins offense was powered by a 2nd grand slam in as many days by CF Jazz Chisholm Jr., the first of 4 home runs hit by Miami as they collected 17 hits to score a season-high 16 runs. DH Jorge Soler hit a 2-run shot in his first game since Sept. 5, 3B Jake Burger smashed a 3-run homer, and C Nick Fortes recorded a career-high 4 hits with a solo homer in the 8th inning. 2B Luis Arraez went 3×5 to raise his average to .353.

CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. yesterday became the first player in Marlins history to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games, marking his 3rd career grand slam. Is one of 21 players in MLB this season to have at least 2 grand slams. Royce Lewis (4), Max Muncy (3), Alex Bregman (3), and Adolis Garcia (3) are the only players with more. Miami had 0 grand slams entering play on Saturday. On Saturday vs. ATL, Chisholm Jr. stole a career-high 3 bases and hit his 2nd career grand slam to become the second player in the Live Ball Era (since 1920) to hit a grand slam and steal 3 bases in the same game, joining Seattle’s Mike Cameron on May 16, 2002 at Toronto. Chisholm Jr. now has 18 home runs and 22 stolen bases on the year. Looks to become the fifth Marlin (11th occurrence) to record 20 homers and 20 steals in a season since Hanley Ramirez in 2010 (21 HR, 32 2B).

2B Luis Arraez hit lead off home runs on both Friday and Saturday, becoming the third player in club history to hit leadoff home runs in B2B games (Miguel Rojas, July 27-28, 2019 and Hanley Ramirez, July 17-18, 2006). He joins Hanley Ramirez as the only players in club history to hit 4-or-more leadoff home runs in a season. Arraez has 4 this season, while Ramirez had 9 in 2008, 8 in 2007, and 7 in 2006. All 4 of his lead off homers have come in the month of September and the Marlins are 8-1 in games where he homers.

2B Luis Arraez today looks to become the fourth Marlins player to record 200 hits in a season, entering Monday’s game with his career-high 199 hits on the year (had 173 hits in his AL batting title season in 2022 w/ Minnesota). Arraez owns the highest average and the most hits by a Marlin through his first 143 games of a season. Is looking to become the first player in MLB history to win batting titles in two different leagues in consecutive years. Overall, only two players have won batting titles in each league – DJ LeMahieu (NL – 2016; AL – 2020) and Ed Delahanty (NL – 1899; AL – 1902). Went 8×15 (.533) with 3 multi-hit games and 3 home runs vs. Atlanta this past weekend. His 20 games of 3+ hits are tied for the 2nd most in MLB with Freddie Freeman and behind only Ronald Acuna Jr. (21).

The Marlins have hit 4 home runs in back-to-back games for just the 2nd time in club history (also, Sept. 16-17, 1995). Yesterday marked the 6th game this year Miami has hit at least 4 homers, matching the club record for most such games in a season done in both 2006 and 2017. Miami has scored at least 9 runs in 3 consecutive games, matching the longest streak in club history, done 4x, and last from June 1-4, 2019.

Through 16 games of the final month of the season, Miami (11-5) leads the National League in wins and is tied with the Yankees atop MLB. The Marlins rank 1st in the NL, and 3rd in MLB, with 95 runs scored in September. Miami’s 28 home runs this month are the 2nd most in the NL and 3rd most in MLB.

Marlins rookie Manager Skip Schumaker has guided the Marlins to a 78-72 record and .520 winning percentage this season. He looks to become the third Marlins manager to secure a winning record in their first full season managing the team, joining Jim Leyland (92-70; 1997) and Jack McKeon (83-79; 2004). Both Leyland and McKeon had previous managing experience prior to becoming the Marlins manager.

Through 75 home games, the Marlins are 43-32, marking the club’s most wins at home since 2009 when they went 43-38. Are currently ranked tied for 4th in the NL in wins at home with the Phillies at Giants. Miami’s .274 batting average at home is the 2nd-best mark in the NL, and ranks 4th in MLB behind Boston, Atlanta, and Texas. The Marlins also rank 1st in the NL in hits at home (688), and 3rd in MLB behind Boston and Texas.

The Marlins wrapped up their season series vs. the Braves with their first sweep of Atlanta since Sept. 25-27, 2015. Miami outscored Atlanta 36-13, with the 36 runs scored matching the club record for runs scored in any 3-game span in club history (also, Sept. 16-17, 2009).

Miami will play the Mets 6 times through the final 12 games of the season, starting with 3 this week at loanDepot park where the Marlins have fared 47-54 since the park opened in 2012. Miami has gone 2-5 against their division foes in 2023 thus far.


  • Edward Brany Cabrera, 25, will make his 18th start (20th app.) of the season today. Marks his seventh career start against the New York Mets.
  • Last faced New York-NL on April 7 at Citi Field. Allowed 2 runs in 2.2 hitless innings. Walked a career-high 7 batters and struck out 4.
  • In his most recent relief app. on Sept. 12 at Milwaukee, allowed 2 runs on 1 hit (1 home run) and 6 walks over 4.2 innings. Struck out 5.
  • Last started a game for Miami on July 31 vs. Philadelphia. Allowed 2 runs on 2 hits and 6 walks over 3.0 innings. Struck out 3.
  • Recorded 8 strikeouts on Sept. 6 vs. Los Angeles-NL, matching a club record for strikeouts in a relief app. Allowed 1 hit and 2 walks over 4.0 scoreless innings to earn his 6th win of the season.
  • Was optioned to Triple-A on Aug. 1, where he went 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA (28.1/7) with 30 strikeouts and 12 walks.
  • In 2 relief apps. since being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville on Sept. 6, has gone 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA (8.2/2) with 13 strikeouts. Has held opponents to a .071 AVG (2×28).
  • In 7 starts (8 apps.) at loanDepot park this season, owns a 2.61 ERA (38.0/11) and has gone 6-0 with 53 strikeouts. In 10 away starts (11 apps.) this season, has gone 0-7 with a 6.04 ERA (47.2/32) and 53 strikeouts.
  • Left-handed batters are hitting .170 (28×165) vs. Cabrera in 2023 with 7 home runs and 56 strikeouts while right-handed batters are hitting .243 (35×144) with 4 home runs and 50 strikeouts.
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