The good news for the New York Mets (75-83) last night was that they got a gem from Taijuan Walker to end his season. Walker delivered a strong effort against the Miami Marlins (65-93), leaving after 7.1 innings with a 2-0 lead and a pair of runners for Seth Lugo, who proceeded to allow both to score and gave up one of his own in a 3-2 loss. The Mets will now look to bounce back and wrap up their home schedule on a positive note by securing a series victory against the Marlins tonight. First pitch for the home finale is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.
Left-hander Rich Hill (6-8, 3.87 ERA) is set to take the mound for the Mets tonight in his final regular-season start. Hill pitched well in his last start, giving up two runs in five innings against the Milwaukee Brewers last Saturday, but was stuck with a loss thanks to a lack of run support from the Mets’ offense. The Marlins will counter with rookie righty Edward Cabrera (0-3, 5.79 ERA). Cabrera had a tough time in his last start, giving up three runs in three innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Saturday to pick up his third loss of the year.
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- Hill has a 3.00 ERA in three starts against the Marlins this season.
- Cabrera is 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season.
- Jeff McNeil is back in the Mets’ starting lineup tonight after getting the day off yesterday, batting sixth and starting in left field.
- Bryan De La Cruz (3 for 5, 2B), Joe Panik (4 for 11) and Miguel Rojas (2 for 6, 2B) have done well against Hill in the past.
- Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto have each homered against Cabrera this season.
- This is the final game of the season between the Mets and Marlins. The Mets are 9-9 against the Marlins over their first 18 meetings of 2021 and can secure the season series with a win tonight.
- This is the Mets’ final home game of 2021. The Mets are 46-34 at Citi Field so far this season.