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10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, May 19, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 15,983

Mets face Marlins as cloud hangs over manager Callaway

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According to STATS

New York Mets at Miami Marlins

  1. The Mets have won seven straight over the Marlins dating back to September 2018, tied for the second-longest active winning streak between any two divisional opponents -- only the Dodgers (eight vs. Rockies) have a longer active streak.
  2. The Miami Marlins have hit one home run in May. Every other MLB team has hit at least nine -- two teams are in the 30s, nine teams are in the 20s. The Marlins have lost a season-high seven straight games -- only four teams have had longer streaks in MLB this season.
  3. The Mets' 3.02 team ERA in May ranks fifth in MLB after its 5.42 ERA in April ranked 28th in MLB. Among teams with an ERA in the top half of MLB this month, the Mets (5-8) and A's (6-7) are the only ones with losing records.
  4. Brandon Nimmo has walked nine times since May 7, tied for second in MLB (Paul DeJong, 10). Nimmo is hitting .198 this season with a .349 OBP -- this is the third-largest difference between AVG and OBP among MLB qualifiers this season (Mike Trout, Justin Smoak).
  5. Jorge Alfaro had two doubles last time out after going 0-for-16 in his previous five games. These were his first two doubles of the season. Alfaro had eight multi-hit games in April but this was just his second in May.
  6. The Mets have three MLB qualifiers with an OPS of at least .900 (Conforto, McNeil, Alonso) -- the Cubs and Astros (four apiece) are the only other teams with as many as the Mets. The Marlins are one of four teams to have no MLB qualifiers with an OPS of at least .800.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/17/2019 thru 5/19/2019

The Miami Marlins will be looking for their first sweep of the season and their first three-game winning streak of the year when they play host to the New York Mets on Sunday.

New York, meanwhile, may be playing for manager Mickey Callaway's job.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who is new to the team this year, inherited Callaway as his manager and speculation is rampant that Van Wagenen could replace him if the team's four-game skid were to continue.

Van Wagenen came to town confidently stating that the Mets were the team to beat in the National League East, but offseason deals for Robinson Cano, Jeurys Familia, Jed Lowrie, Justin Wilson and Keon Broxton have failed to produce. His failure to bring in Gio Gonzalez and his decision to return Travis d'Arnaud to the roster, only to cut him a month later, look dubious.

Yet, Callaway is the one on the hot seat, and Van Wagenen did little to release the pressure when asked about his manager this weekend.

"Mickey has been accountable for what we all want," the GM said. "We have played well at times. I think Mickey knows what's in front of us."

What's in front of the Mets on Sunday is that they will be desperate for a strong performance from veteran right-hander Noah Syndergaard (3-3, 4.74), who has great stuff but is having his most inconsistent season and has produced the highest ERA of his career.

Syndergaard threw a complete-game shutout to beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on May 2. He also beat the Washington Nationals in his most recent start, earning a 6-2 win on May 14 by allowing just two runs in eight innings.

However, Syndergaard has not thrown consecutive quality starts this season. In fact, he has allowed at least four earned runs in six of his nine starts.

This will be his first matchup against Miami this year, but in eight career starts against the Marlins, he is 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

Syndergaard, who has reached 100 mph on the radar gun, will match up on Sunday against Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara, who throws just as hard.

Alcantara (1-4, 5.11 ERA) will be making his 15th career major-league start. He has pitched reasonably well in four career starts against the Mets - 1-2, 2.92 ERA. This year, though, he is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA against the Mets. He faced New York last Saturday, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

One concern for Alcantara is that he seems to be regressing. In six starts last year, he went 2-3 with a 3.44 ERA. This year, in his three most recent starts, he has a 6.19 ERA.

Alcantara will likely be without his starting catcher, Jorge Alfaro, who had three RBIs, two hits and one homer in Friday's 8-6 win over the Mets but left Saturday's game due to a strained left calf. The Marlins would miss his power bat and strong arm if he is put on the injured list.

Even so, Friday's win "relaxed" the Marlins, according to Jon Berti, who homered and then walked and scored Miami's second run in Saturday's 2-0 win.

"It helped loosen us up," Berti said on Saturday. "Guys were pressing, myself included. With a win like that, it eased tensions."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 19, 2019

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