The Miami Marlins and New York Mets square off on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:40 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Citifield in New York, NY and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Sandy Alcantara (9-3, 1.82 ERA) will start for Miami while New York counters with Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.86 ERA).
The Marlins (40-43) were able to tie up Saturday’s game late off of Jesus Aguilar’s home run to left in the eighth inning. The game went into extra innings and they went into the bottom of the 10th with a 4-3 lead. Miami gave up an RBI double, but then an error by pitcher Tanner Scott gave up the game-winning run. Alcantara will be making his 18th start of the season and his third against New York. So far, he has pitched 15 innings and has given up 12 hits and six earned runs while earning both a win and a loss. Once this series wraps, the Marlins will head to Pittsburgh for a four-game series with the Pirates starting on Monday.
The Mets (52-32) are having fun leading the NL East and it was on display as shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a towering home run to left field and watched it sail. New York took the 3-2 lead, but couldn’t sustain it as this one ended up in extra innings. After Scott sent his throw past the first baseman on a routine grounder, Tomas Nido came around to score. Walker is making his 15th start of the season and his third against Miami. He has registered two wins against them so far this season pitching 12.2 innings and only giving up four earned runs while striking out a combined 14. The Mets will hit the road for a three-game divisional series against the Atlanta Braves starting on Monday.
Marlins vs. Mets
Pitchers: Sandy Alcantara vs. Taijuan Walker
First pitch: 1:40 p.m. ET
Marlins local broadcast: Bally Sports Sun
Mets local broadcast: SNY
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Miami -1.5
Run total: 7
Moneyline odds: Miami -105, New York -115
Moneyline pick: New York -115
This has been a fun series so far and Sunday’s game should continue that trend. We are in for a major pitching duel as Alcantara and Walker have been great this year. Walker has already beaten the Marlins twice this season and should make it a third on Sunday. Pete Alonso clobbered his 23rd long ball of the season on Saturday and this lineup seemingly gets more dangerous each day.
Player prop pick: Walker over 4.5 strikeouts (+100)
Walker has faced the Marlins lineup twice so far this season. He struck out nine hitters in the first and five in the second outing. Walker is coming off striking out nine against the Cincinnati Reds and will use that momentum to fan at least five batters on Sunday.
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