Giancarlo Stanton’s power binge has taken a brief break but the wins keep piling up for his Miami Marlins, who continue a three-game series at the New York Mets on Saturday. Stanton, who recently homered in six straight games to boost his MLB-leading total to 44, has been kept in the park in two consecutive contests but has scored a run in each affair to help the Marlins stay hot.
They’ve won six of seven overall and are within two games of .500 (59-61) for the first time since they were 12-14 on May 3. J.T. Realmuto’s two-run homer was the big blow in Miami’s 3-1 win Friday night, which marked the seventh time in the last eight games that the club has held an opponent to three runs or fewer. The Mets’ five-game losing streak is two shy of matching their longest skid of the year and their aggressive rebuild continued late Friday with word that veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. New York has shipped away three of its top four home run hitters - along with second baseman Neil Walker and setup man Addison Reed - since July 27.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), WPIX (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Vance Worley (2-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Mets RH Rafael Montero (1-8, 5.80)
Worley will be making his ninth start of the season for the Marlins, who have won each of his last six starts. After allowing one run in a total of 13 innings over two outings to begin the month, the 29-year-old let up three runs and a season-high eight hits in four frames against Colorado on Sunday. Worley threw two scoreless innings of relief against the Mets in June at home, but he has an 8.36 ERA in four career games (three starts) at Citi Field.
Montero is coming off a solid outing in the Subway Series with the Yankees, who managed just two runs in six innings against him on Monday. A native of the Dominican Republic, Montero has given up eight home runs in 26 1/3 innings over his last five appearances. He was rocked for five runs in 3 2/3 innings of his first start of the year May 5 against Miami, and the 26-year-old has allowed 26 hits and 17 walks in 21 2/3 innings in his career versus the Marlins.
1. Stanton has 20 homers in 50 career games at Citi Field.
2. Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4 on Friday and is hitless in nine at-bats over the last three games.
3. Marlins RHP Brad Ziegler has converted all five of his save opportunities while tossing seven scoreless innings in August.
PREDICTION: Marlins 6, Mets 4