Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Miami2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 6110
NY Mets0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 471
  W: P. López (10-10)   L: C. Carrasco (15-7)   S: D. Floro (8)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 27, 2022
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 29,067

Don Mattingly begins final week with Marlins in series vs. Mets

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at New York Mets

  1. The Marlins split a four-game set at Citi Field in July but have won only two of nine series on the road since (2-6-1) and have dropped eight of their last 10 games away from home.
  2. Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts but surrendered a season-high eight runs on 10 hits over 3.2 IP against the Mets on September 10. He's 1-3 with an 11.34 ERA in four starts against New York this year and his 6.53 career ERA is his highest against any NL team.
  3. Bryan De La Cruz has a .481/.517/.852 slash line, two homers and eight RBI during a career-high seven-game hitting streak. His 1.171 OPS since he was recalled from Triple-A since September 7 ranks third in the majors (min. 55 plate appearances).
  4. The Mets have won eight of their last 10 games and four in a row at home while leading the majors with a .281 team batting average since September 7. In the 18 games in that time, the Mets have outscored their opponents by 42 runs.
  5. Carlos Carrasco has allowed three earned runs or fewer in a career-high 12 straight starts, going 7-2 with a 2.42 ERA that ranks eighth in the NL since July 3 (minimum 60 IP). Since he was acquired from Cleveland, he's 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in seven starts against Miami, allowing two homers over 40.1 IP.
  6. Pete Alonso drove in five runs on Sunday for the fourth time this season, setting the single-season Mets RBI record with 128. He's hitting .314 with a major league-leading seven homers and 22 RBI since September 7.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2022 thru 9/28/2022

The relationship between Don Mattingly and Buck Showalter goes back more than 40 years.

But this week might mark the last time they see each other in dual pursuit of the World Series ring that has thus far eluded both baseball lifers.

Mattingly will embark on his final full week as the manager of the Miami Marlins Tuesday night, when his team visits the New York Mets in the opener of a two-game series between the National League East rivals.

Pablo Lopez (9-10, 3.88 ERA) is slated to start for the Marlins against Carlos Carrasco (15-6, 3.79 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

Both teams were off Monday. The Mets concluded a winning road trip by cruising to a 13-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Marlins -- who took the field Sunday hours after the announcement Mattingly would not return as manager in 2023 -- fell to the visiting Washington Nationals 6-1 in the finale of a three-game series.

The loss ensured the Marlins (63-90) of finishing with at least 90 losses for the fourth straight full season. They are now the only club with a streak that long.

"Last year was disappointing and then this year has really been kind of more of the same," said Mattingly, who is the longest-tenured skipper in franchise history and won NL Manager of the Year honors for directing the Marlins to the playoffs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

"And that's really kind of the conclusion I came to is -- 'It's time for a new voice.' I think it's best for the organization, quite honestly, that we have a new voice and move forward."

Mattingly said he planned to head home to spend time with his family in Indiana but that he hoped to return to baseball at some point. The 61-year-old began his career as a 19th-round pick of the New York Yankees in 1979 -- two years before he played at Double-A with Showalter, who became Mattingly's manager with the Yankees from 1992 through 1995.

The short-term picture is much clearer for Showalter, who has managed the second-most games of any skipper who hasn't reached the World Series.

The Mets (97-57) clinched at least a wild-card berth last week and entered Monday 1 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the race for the NL East title and the likely second bye in the playoffs. The Braves were slated to play the Nationals Monday night.

The Mets and Braves are scheduled to play a three-game series in Atlanta beginning Friday.

Pete Alonso had that series at least somewhat in mind Sunday when he collected five RBIs to increase his season total to a team-record 128, breaking the mark of 124 RBIs previously held by Mike Piazza (1999) and David Wright (2008). The outburst also vaulted him into a tie for the big-league RBI lead with the Yankees' Aaron Judge.

"It's an awesome possibility," Alonso said of winning the RBI title. "But again, I'm just trying to do the best I can every single day (to) try and win a division here."

Neither Lopez nor Carrasco factored into the decision in their most recent starts Sept. 20. Lopez allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Marlins fell to the Chicago Cubs 2-1, while Carrasco gave up three runs over four innings in the Mets' 7-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lopez is 3-5 with a 6.53 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mets. Carrasco is 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA in nine starts against the Marlins.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2022