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  W: J. Ureña (6-12)   L: J. deGrom (8-9)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 11, 2018
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 20,849

Mets' deGrom will start Tuesday vs. Marlins, weather permitting

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Miami Marlins at New York Mets

  1. The Mets have gone 7-5 against the Marlins this year. The Mets won the first four games, lost the next four, and have won three of the last four games in the season series.
  2. The Marlins lost both games of a two-game road series against the Pirates after taking two of three from the Phillies at home the series prior. Dating back to July 22, The Marlins have gone 2-16 (.111) on the road, the worst mark in MLB over that span.
  3. The Mets have gone 6-2 in September, winning series against the Giants, Dodgers and Phillies. New York's streak of three consecutive series wins is tied for the second-longest active streak in MLB with the Rays, trailing only the Brewers (six straight series wins).
  4. Since returning from the disabled list on September 1, Lewis Brinson has gone 11-for-26 (.423) with four multi-hit games in seven contests. Prior to September, Brinson had two or more hits only 10 times in 84 games.
  5. Jay Bruce has gone 6-for-17 (.353) in New York's last two series, hitting two home runs and scoring six runs while knocking in four batters. Bruce has also drawn four walks to push his on-base percentage in this span to .476.
  6. Jacob deGrom has made 20 consecutive quality starts -- the second-longest active streak in MLB belongs to Clayton Kershaw with 12 in a row. The last player before deGrom with this many quality starts in a row was Jake Arrieta, who racked up 24 in a row between June 21, 2015 and April 21, 2016.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/11/2018 thru 9/12/2018

NEW YORK -- Maybe the third time will be the charm for Jacob deGrom. And maybe the third time will be the charm for the Miami Marlins, though facing deGrom probably isn't anybody's idea of a charmed existence in 2018.

DeGrom will once again hope the weather cooperates Tuesday night, when he is scheduled to take the mound for the New York Mets against the Marlins in the pushed-back opener of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Weather permitting, deGrom (8-8, 1.68 ERA) will resume making his case for the National League Cy Young Award when he opposes the Marlins' Jose Urena (5-12, 4.41 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

The teams were supposed to open their series Monday, but the game was postponed four hours before first pitch due to a steady rain that wasn't expected to let up the rest of the night. The game will be made up as part of a single-gate doubleheader Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. ET.

For deGrom, Monday marked the second straight day in which he had a start shelved. He was scheduled to start against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon but was scratched due to a foreboding weather forecast. The Mets, who started rookie Corey Oswalt, ended up winning 6-4 in a game that went off without a hitch following a 27-minute rain delay prior to first pitch.

The Mets scratched deGrom because they were confident the forecast for Monday would be much better. Alas ...

"From what we see at this point -- which, I mean, it's the weather, it's hard to predict -- it's supposed to clear up in the evening," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Sunday afternoon. "So, we thought when we made that decision, we were thinking that we have a good chance to play (Monday) night."

And Monday marked the second straight postponement for the Marlins, who haven't played since suffering a 5-1 loss to the host Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. The series finale Sunday afternoon was postponed due to rain.

The focus will be deGrom whenever the Mets (65-77) and Marlins (56-86) do finally play baseball. He enjoyed a record-breaking start in his most recent appearance Sept. 3, when he endured yet another hard-luck no-decision after allowing one run on two hits over six innings in the Mets' 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It was the 25th straight start in which deGrom allowed three runs or fewer, which tied the all-time record set by Leonard Cole of the Chicago Cubs in 1910, as well as his 20th straight quality start, which broke the Mets record set by Tom Seaver in 1973.

DeGrom is in a three-way race for the Cy Young with the Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer and the Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola. While Scherzer (17 wins) and Nola (16 wins) ranked first and second in the NL in victories entering Monday, deGrom's ERA is more than half a run better than those of Nola (2.29) and Scherzer (2.33).

However, having his start pushed back to Tuesday almost certainly means deGrom will finish with fewer starts than both Scherzer and Nola, who are on pace for 34 and 33 starts, respectively. DeGrom is on pace for 32 starts.

Urena earned the win in his previous start Sept. 3, when he allowed one run over seven innings as the Marlins beat the Phillies, 3-1.

DeGrom is 4-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 career starts against the Marlins. Urena is 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) against the Mets.

Updated September 10, 2018

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