New-look Marlins face off against deGrom, Mets

Despite not yet being one-sixth of the way through the season, the Miami Marlins are in the thick of a pennant race. What would be a better way to see how prepared they are for a postseason chase than by taking on the best pitcher in baseball?

The Marlins will look to win their third series in as many tries this season when they visit the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game set between the National League East rivals.

Pablo Lopez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to become the first Marlins pitcher to make a second start this season. Miami, which didn’t play from July 27 through Aug. 3 after 18 players tested positive for the coronavirus, is the first team in baseball history to start a different pitcher in each of the season’s first nine games.

The Mets will counter with two-time reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (1-0, 2.12), who is lined up to make his fourth start of the year.

The Marlins missed out on a chance to match the best nine-game start in franchise history Saturday night, when their six-game winning streak was snapped as the Mets hit three homers in an 8-4 victory.

Despite the loss, the Marlins remain atop the NL East and in a playoff race — granted,…

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