This series could not possibly be better for the Marlins. After the debut of Sandy Alcántara, rookie colleague Pablo López looked even smoother on Saturday afternoon. The attack awoke just in time to secure a winning decision and skip the Mets to fourth place. The end result was 5-2.
- Pablo López: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB (intentional), 5 K (97 pitches)
- Jacob deGrom: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (84 Pitches)
A summary of López's first inning in two tweets:
Pablo López begins MLB career training with Brandon Nimmo, Met's Best Player
̵1; Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) June 30, 2018
But fortunately he distinguished himself from there. The 22-year-old leaned heavily on his famous two-seam fastball and hit the strike zone. The only way López completed six innings was deliberately. He made a captivating case to stay in the forward movement of the Major League.
What a treat for all his fellow countrymen who came to Marlins Park on Venezulan Heritage Day.
Despite electric stuff and command, deGrom finally cracked for the third time by Miami lineup. Who else but the all-star candidate Brian Anderson?
And then the general "Mets-iness" of Mets took over:
J.T. Realmuto added a valuable insurance in the bottom of the seventh. An Amed Rosario mistake on a veteran Grounder extended the inning, and Realmuto's double victory brought it to 5-2.
The three headed Bullpen Monster of Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough brought the game to bed from there. The last two went all month of June without allowing any runs (Conley only allowed three earned runs).
Is not it nice, folks?
Attempt to end the momentum and hold onto fourth On the spot where the Marlins are located in the east of the Netherlands, Dan Straily sends him to the hill on Sunday. He is fresh from a five-game suspension. Steven Matz defies Straily for the Mets. First place 13:10
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6/30/18 Probable Starters
|Name||Team||IP||ERA||FIP||K / 9||fWAR|
|Name||Team  IP||ERA||FIP||K / 9||fWAR|
|Pablo López (AAA)  Marlins||18.2||3.38||5.39||7.23||N / A|
|Jacob deGrom||Mets||101.1||1.89||2.13|| 11.19  3.9  FanGraphs
Exceptional but encouraging performance from Sandy Alcántara, who scored five innings of a one-run ball on Friday night to win the W. The Marlin top-pitching perspective leaned heavily on his change, throwing barely half of his 98 places for strikes. Alcántara is ready to make his next start on July 4th.
Lewis Brinson and JT Riddle both married. They are back in Saturday's lineup to try to put the finishing touches on a very productive month.
Meanwhile, the Mets also run back in the same position player group. But instead of rookie Corey Oswalt on the hill, it will be staff deputy Jacob DeGrom. The statistics speak for themselves: he is as good as he gets.
Pablo López will have his eyes open at the start of the MLB and replace Ben Meyer in the active squad. Expect a big cheering section for him at Marlins Park:
Thread question: Where would you count deGrom among the best starters in the National? League? Not so special 3.62 ERA in his career against the Marlins, but he has brought it to a whole new level in 2018.