NL East Division foes will meet on Monday night, when the Miami Marlins travel to Citi Field to face the New York Mets. On Sunday, Miami allowed six runs during the ninth inning of a crushing 10-9 loss at Atlanta. The Marlins are 12 games below .500 overall and in last place in the division standings.
Rookie right-hander Elieser Hernandez (0-0 2.25 ERA) will make his second career major league start for the Marlins. Last time out, Hernandez allowed three hits and one run over five frames during a 6-5 victory versus Los Angeles.
The New York Mets have won 23 of their first 42 games for first year skipper Mickey Callaway and are 3.5 games behind Atlanta for first place. On Sunday, Amed Rosario blasted his first two home runs of the season during a 4-1 home victory over Arizona. SP Noah Syndergaard (4-1) struck out seven batters over seven frames to earn the win.
Thirty-five year old southpaw Jason Vargas (0-3 13.86 ERA) will make his fourth start for the Mets. Through 12 plus innings, Vargas has surrendered five home runs and has allowed an eye-popping 33 baserunners.