The second half didn’t get off to a good start for the New York Mets (40-51), who did little right last night. Jason Vargas struggled at times, giving up six earned runs as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins (34-55) 8-4. The Mets will look to pick up their first win of the second half as they continue their series with the Marlins tonight. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.
The Mets will send right hander Noah Syndergaard (6-4, 4.68 ERA) to the mound today. Syndergaard struggled in his final start of the first half, giving up four runs in five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies last Saturday, but the Mets were able to pick him up and outslug the Phillies to earn Syndergaard his sixth win of the year. The Marlins will counter with rookie righty Zac Gallen (0-1, 4.50 ERA). Gallen only lasted two innings in his last start, allowing two runs against the Washington Nationals on July 2, and wasn’t a factor in the decision. The Marlins went on to lose that game 3-2.
New York Mets Lineup:
- Gallen has never faced the Mets before.
- Syndergaard faced the Marlins in Miami back on May 19, giving up two runs in seven innings of work, but was stuck with a loss thanks to no run support from his teammates.
- Tomas Nido will catch today as he has become Syndergaard’s personal catcher, batting eighth.
- After sitting with a lefty on the mound last night, Dominic Smith is back in the Mets’ lineup. Smith will bat cleanup and start in left field.
- Robinson Cano has been dropped to the five hole in the lineup, a move that had only been happening against lefties.