The Mets topped 100 wins for the primary time in additional than three a long time. New York couldn’t maintain off the scorching sizzling Braves down the stretch, nonetheless. Atlanta claimed the NL East title, sending the Mets to the Wild Card collection in opposition to the Padres. Disappointing finish to the common season apart, New York may have home-field benefit for all three video games and the power to show to 2 of the game’s high arms within the quick collection.
The most important information for New York is that Marte is again on the energetic roster. The All-Star outfielder has been out for a month since struggling a non-displaced fracture in his proper center finger. Whereas he’d continued to battle soreness as lately as this week, he’s evidently able to getting again on the diamond. Marte will probably be within the beginning lineup tonight in opposition to Yu Darvish, hitting sixth whereas enjoying proper area.
The Mets additionally carry Alvarez, their high catching prospect who made his massive league debut final week. He and veteran nook outfielder/first baseman Ruf are right-handed choices off the bench for skipper Buck Showalter. Fellow righty bat Mark Vientos is left off the roster, as is the lefty-swinging Tyler Naquin. Naquin was acquired from the Reds on the deadline so as to add some steadiness to the Mets outfield, however he has only a .203/.246/.390 line since touchdown in Queens. The Mets will go for a pace and protection oriented participant in Gore to spherical out the outfield as an alternative.
New York’s pitching plans are additionally certain to be the main target of some debate. The membership has but to announce a Recreation 2 starter, solely noting that deGrom and Bassitt are lined up for the following two outings in some capability. Showalter confirmed the Mets will flip to deGrom tomorrow in the event that they lose tonight however maintain him in reserve for a possible Recreation 3 in the event that they win at the moment (by way of Anthony DiComo of MLB.com). In a great world for the Mets, they’d pull off a sweep with Scherzer and Bassitt on the hill, leaving deGrom to take Recreation 1 of a Division Collection match-up with the Dodgers.
Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker aren’t energetic, because the Mets elected to go together with a variety of conventional relievers whereas not carrying their fourth/fifth starters for this three-game set. A minimum of certainly one of Carrasco and Walker would presumably be activated for the Division Collection if the Mets advance.