The Mets will send Jon Niese to the mound for the middle game of their series with the Marlins on Tuesday at Marlins Park. Miami will counter with veteran Brad Penny, as it looks to gain ground in the National League Wild Card race.
The Marlins took advantage of six Mets errors, three of which were committed during the decisive eighth inning, to kick off their six-game homestand with a 9-6 win at Marlins Park on Monday. Combined with the Brewers' 4-2 loss to the Cubs, Miami moved within 5 1/2 games of the second National League Wild Card spot.
The Marlins' rotation has taken plenty of hits this season. Just when it seemed like the club was past all the injuries, Henderson Alvarez left Monday's series opener against the Mets in the third inning with a left oblique strain.
Injuries early in the season forced the Marlins to change the look of their bullpen on more than one occasion. But as rosters expanded on Monday, Miami was finally able to bring in some reinforcements, as it reinstated Carter Capps (right elbow) and Dan Jennings (concussion) from the 60-day and 15-day disabled lists, respectively.