Preview: Pablo López heeds the call as Marlins kick off series against Mets
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Miami Marlins (10-27, fifth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (17-20, third in the NL East)
Marlins: Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.03 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 39 strikeouts)
Mets: Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.64 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 47 strikeouts)
Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 runs
Miami enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.
The Mets are 11-8 against the rest of their division. The New York offense has compiled a .244 batting average as a team this season, Jeff McNeil leads the team with a mark of .356.
The Marlins have gone 5-14 against division opponents. Miami has hit 24 home runs this season, last in the MLB. Jorge Alfaro leads the team with five, averaging one every 20 at-bats.
Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 31 RBIs and is batting .275. Amed Rosario is 12-for-37 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES
Mets: 3-7, .199 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored by eight runs
Marlins: 2-8, .196 batting average, 4.72 ERA, outscored by 25 runs
Mets Injuries: Jason Vargas: 10-day IL (hamstring), Drew Smith: 60-day IL (elbow), Steven Matz: 10-day IL (forearm), Jeurys Familia: 10-day IL (shoulder), Luis Avilan: 10-day IL (elbow), Yoenis Cespedes: 60-day IL (heels), Jed Lowrie: 10-day IL (knee).