After a long 10-game road-trip, the Miami Marlins now return home to begin a 3-game series with the New York Mets.
The Miami Marlins as mentioned previously now return home after a long 10-game road-trip. Going 5-5 on the road-trip, the Marlins had some slow starts in Arizona, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, but were able to come alive as the series went on.
The next team up now is yet another NL East division rival in the New York Mets, the first meeting between the two in 2021. If the Marlins want to potentially rise to first place in the NL East, there is no better way than to beat the team in first place, and that is exactly the opportunity they will have this weekend.
The first pitch times and probable pitching matchups for each game of the series can be found below (Games at loanDepot Park, Miami, FL):
Miami Marlins (20-23, 3rd in NL East) vs New York Mets (20-17, 1st in NL East)
Friday, May 21
First Pitch: 7:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Jordan Holloway (1-2, 2.70 ERA) vs TBD
Saturday, May 22
First Pitch: 4:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Pablo Lopez (1-3, 3.12 ERA) vs TBD
Sunday, May 23
First Pitch: 1:10 pm ET
Probable Starters: Cody Poteet (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs TBD
Key to Win Series: Holloway and Poteet
The Marlins will not start either Trevor Rogers or Sandy Alcantara during this series, with both having pitched the last two days. We know what we will get from Lopez, but what about the other two days?
Holloway and Poteet have been outstanding in the starting role so far this season. Can these two continue having success, especially against a Mets lineup that is missing a few starters?
Offensive MVP: Garrett Cooper
Cooper appears to be turning a corner at the plate, and that is evident by his performance on Thursday night where he went 2/4 with a HR and 3 RBIs. Are we in for a big series offensively from Cooper?
Pitching MVP: Dylan Floro
Floro had been lights-out this season as the Marlins 8th inning set-up man before Tuesday night against the Phillies where he surrendered 5 runs in 0.1 IP. Expect a bounce-back series from Floro.
Bold Prediction: Marlins sweep
The Marlins are catching the first-place Mets at the right time. Despite the record, Miami is actually playing very good baseball right now, and would not surprise anyone if they sweep the short-handed Mets at home.
Not only is this a big home-stand against two top division rivals, but also the debut of the Miami Marlins City-Connect uniforms. Are we in for an impressive showing from the Marlins this weekend?