Tuesday, October 19 2021
Mets Javier Baez HR trot road jersey

Mets Javier Baez HR trot road jersey

The Mets and Marlins play a three-game series in Miami beginning on Tuesday.

Here are five things to watch…

The Mets will be without Nimmo for at least the next eight games and could be without him for the remainder of the regular season due to a hamstring injury Nimmo suffered on Saturday.

On Sunday, in what was their first game without Nimmo, the Mets put up 13 runs. And as they torched the Washington Nationals, Kevin Pillar — Nimmo’s replacement — hit a grand slam.

On Monday, in what was their second game without Nimmo — who often works the count and helps set the table at the top of the lineup — the Mets’ offense went cold, mustering only three runs and failing repeatedly with runners in scoring position.

How the offense fares against the Marlins against a tough pitching staff could make or break the Mets’ season as they look to catch up to the Atlanta Braves.

Edwin Diaz needs to bounce back

After over a month of dominance where he was unscored upon in 14 of 15 appearances between July 23 and Sept. 2, Diaz has blown his last two saves.

Friday’s blown save wasn’t really a stain on Diaz, with the runs coming on a home run to Juan Soto that barely cleared the fence down the left field line and a blooper that allowed the tying run to score.

Monday was a different story, with Diaz walking a pair of batters and allowing two singles as he turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 loss while recording just one out.

Diaz bounced back earlier this season after a string of three blown saves in a row, and the Mets will need him to bounce back again.

The state of the NL East

The Mets entered the weekend trailing the Braves by 5.0 games in the NL East and ended the weekend trailing them by 4.0 games, though they would’ve been just 3.0 games back had they won on Monday.

Frustration over Monday’s loss aside, the Mets simply need to make up 4.0 games in the standings over the next 24 games.

Sep 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning at Nationals Park.Sep 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning at Nationals Park.

Sep 3, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning at Nationals Park.

But it might be hard to make up much ground from Tuesday to Thursday, with the Braves facing the Nationals while the Mets play the Marlins.

The Mets could possibly make up some ground on the second-place Philadelphia Phillies, who are in Milwaukee facing the Brewers.

We wrote before the Nationals series that Lindor was hitting the ball harder and would likely soon start seeing results, and that happened against the Nats, with Lindor going 6 for his last 13 with a homer, double, and five RBI.

Meanwhile, Baez has six hits in his last eight at-bats.

Alonso is also on fire, hitting .417/.444/.792 in 24 at-bats in September, with a homer, triple, and four doubles.

Mets vs. Sandy Alcantara

The Mets hit Alcantara relatively hard the last time they faced him, touching him up for four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings on Sept. 2 at Citi Field.

That was an aberration for Alcantara, who has been the Marlins’ best pitcher this season and one of the best pitchers in the National League.

Can the Mets get to him again? They’ll find out when he takes the ball on Wednesday night.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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