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Mets fall to Marlins in Doubleheader

VIDEO: New York Mets Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith share these thoughts after the team’s 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins in MLB action on 8/25

The New York Mets (12-16) got back to playing baseball and were blanked twice by the Miami Marlins (14-11) as the boys in Blue and Orange saw scores of 4-0 and 3-0 in Major League Baseball action on Tuesday.

In the first game New York, who was still trying to figure out what to do with their starting rotation, decided to give the ball to Rick Porcello, who went three innings, striking out four batters and giving up five hits to a very good Miami offense.

One of the biggest trends coming out of the game was the fact that the Mets bats were not able to find that run-driving hit that is one of the biggest keys to the team’s winning games. The bats, who had been doing really well up until they decided to hit the pause button to do the right thing with figuring out what to do with the Coronavirus test, once again went cold.

In the first game against the Marlins, the team went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and this is a line-up that features names like Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano and many others that normally thrive in the runners in scoring position situation.

This has been one of the biggest trends for New York is the fact that they just have not been able to get a hit in those situations. So far manager Luis Rojas is throwing some different line-ups out there to see who would be hot for him and how the bats would respond to different players in different parts of the batting rotation.

Things weren’t any better for the guys in the second game, as the team saw a very rare play in the sixth inning, when Jon Berti stole home plate. It was a play that everyone on the team was not happy with, as Berti could have easily been out at home plate but instead some sleepy play on the field resulted in the Marlins scoring a run.

Throwing well on the mound for New York was Seth Lugo, who tossed a five strikeout performance in the three innings he worked. For Lugo it has been a long journey to be able to have the ball as a starter instead of a reliever and he rewarded Rojas and the rest of Mets management with a really fine performance in Game 2.

Now New York will look to see how the team as a whole will respond to the loss, as they send Jacob deGrom to the mound. deGrom threw six shutout innings in his last start on August 19, for the righty it will be interesting to see how he will do on the mound as he had been battling with some neck stiffness in addition to the team pausing to deal with the positive Coronavirus test results. For the Marlins they will have Elieser Hernández on the mound, as the righty will be making his fifth start for the team. Hernández has sat down 25 batters in 19 2/3 innings thus far, but has not been able to make it past the fifth inning.

One of the things to watch for with Hernández is the fact that he has an amazing slider, with batters holding a .087 against that one specific pitch. There are a few Mets that have fared well against the Marlins righty as Conforto and Amed Rosario  both hold a .333 average against him, Cano has been able to get to the Marlins righty recording a homer.

Wednesday’s game (today’s) against the Mets and the Marlins is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. with the action airing on the SNY Network.

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