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The New York Mets will clash with the Miami Marlins on Sunday in the finale of a three-game NL East set. First pitch is slated for 1:40 p.m. ET from loanDepot Park. Coverage will be on each team’s regional sports channel as well as MLB.TV.
The Marlins defeated the Mets 6-3 in the series opener. This will be a pitching matchup between a righty and a lefty. Taijuan Walker will take the mound for the Mets. Jesus Luzardo is the starting pitcher for the Marlins. Walker is 10-4 with an ERA of 3.60. Luzardo has a 3-6 record and his ERA is 3.36.
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Prior to the game on Sept. 10, the Mets trailed the defending World Series champion Braves by half a game in the NL East. The Mets are in possession of the top Wild Card spot. The Mets are 2-3 in their last five games. In their prior series, the Mets took two out of three at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Marlins are second to last in the NL East, ahead of only the Washington Nationals. Prior to the contest on Sept. 10, the Marlins had a run differential of -90. In their last set, the Marlins dropped two out of three at the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Walker has allowed 117 hits, 11 home runs, and 40 walks, along with tossing 96 strikeouts in 127.2 innings. The Mets are 1-4 in Walker’s last five appearances. In Walker’s last outing vs. the Pirates on Sept. 6, he gave up four earned runs and six hits in five innings.
Luzardo has given up 47 hits, six home runs, and 27 walks, in addition to throwing 82 strikeouts in 72.1 innings. The Marlins are 0-5 in Luzardo’s last five games. In Luzardo’s last outing against the Phillies on Sept. 6, he allowed two earned runs and four hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Before the contests on Sept. 10, the Mets ranked third in on-base percentage (.328), sixth in batting average (.257), seventh in RBI (613), 11th in slugging percentage (.407), and 16th in home runs (139). First baseman Pete Alonso leads the Mets in home runs (33) and RBI (108). Shortstop Francisco Lindor paces the Mets in hits (141). Second baseman Jeff McNeil has a team-best .316 batting average. Left fielder Mark Canha is tops in on-base percentage (.368).
Prior to the games on Sept. 10, the Marlins ranked 25th in home runs (121), 26th in on-base percentage (.294), and 27th in batting average (.229), slugging percentage (.362) and RBI (462). First baseman Garrett Cooper leads the Marlins in RBI (45) and hits (96). Star second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. is on the injured list and has a team-high 14 home runs. Shortstop Miguel Rojas is tops for the Marlins in batting average (.232) and on-base percentage (.280).
Before the game on Sept. 10, the Mets were 75-64 against the spread overall and 39-31 against the spread on the road. In terms of over/under, the Mets were 70-63-6 overall and 35-32-3 on the road.
Prior to the contest on Sept. 10, the Marlins were 64-73 against the spread overall and 26-39 against the spread at home. For over/under, the Marlins are 60-72--5 overall and 31-31-3 at home.
Behind an eruption from their bats, the Mets will handle the Marlins and keep pace with the Braves in the division race.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.