The New York Mets continued their road trip with a trip down to Miami to face off against the Marlins. The Mets came into this series just four games back of the division-leading Atlanta Braves. A few weeks ago the Mets were collapsing, but in their last 10 games, they have gone 7-3 while the Braves have gone just 4-6. With just a few weeks left in the regular season, the Mets are once again in the hunt for the NL East title and a playoff spot.
Game 1: Mets Win 9-4
The Mets got off to an early lead thanks to a Pete Alonso 2-run shot off of Marlins starter Edward Cabrera. But there was more of note to this home run than just giving the Mets the lead. This was the young first baseman’s 100th career home run. Alonso accomplished this feat in just 347 career major league games, which is the second-fastest in MLB history. The only player to do it faster is a player Mets fans should be familiar with. That player is former Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who hit his 100th career home run in his 325th game.
If that wasn’t enough, Alonso hit a second home run in the 9th to pad their lead. His 31st and 32nd home runs of the season were the highlights of a 9 run Mets offensive performance.
Carlos Carrasco got the start for the Mets and despite giving up 4 runs in 5 innings, 3 of those runs were unearned. All in all, it was an encouraging start for Carrasco who has been struggling mightily so far in his Mets career. In his eight starts in 2021, he has a bloated 5.88 ERA.
Game 2: Marlins Win 2-1
Coming off of a game where the Mets scored nine runs, Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara completely shut them down. He pitched the game of his life, going 9 innings, giving up only one run, and striking out a career-high 14 batters. However, the one run that he did give up, was a Michael Conforto home run in the 7th which tied the game at one.
Unfortunately for Alcantara, he would not be credited with a complete game. After nine innings it was still tied at one and Alcantara did not go out for the 10th. The Marlins would end up walking off Edwin Diaz in the 10th with a Bryan De La Cruz single.
Frustratingly the Mets wasted a stellar effort from Rich Hill (6 innings, 1 run, 8k) and the bullpen. The Mets would then still go into the rubber game with a chance to win the series.
Game 3: Marlins Win 3-2
The final game of the series was another close affair. A Javier Baez solo shot in the 3rd gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Mets starter Marcus Stroman continued his stellar 2021 campaign and kept the game close. He gave the Mets 6.1 innings of one-run ball and recorded 7 strikeouts. Stroman has done everything the Mets could have asked for this year. Through 30 starts he has an ERA under 3 and a WHIP of 1.13.
On the flip side, the Marlins starter was Jesus Luzardo. The former top prospect kept the Marlins in the game and in the 6th and 7th innings they were able to scratch across runs to tie the score at two. Then in the 8th, Jazz Chisholm hit a go-ahead home run which would end being the game-winner. For a Mets bullpen that has been so great this series, it was quite a sour way to lose the series.
The Mets painfully failed to win a series against one of the bottom feeders of the league. While the division is still in reach, time is quickly ticking toward October. Up next the Mets head home to start the subway series with the Yankees.