Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shares the plan …
Noah Syndergaard will have his start skipped in Miami in order to conserve his innings count. Fellow rookie Steven Matz will fill in on Saturday against the Marlins. The New York Mets then will go to a six-man rotation that includes both pitchers the next turn.
Matz has been sidelined since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle.
The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered just seven hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (two starts) with the Mets before landing on the disabled list. Matz also drove in four runs as a hitter in his debut June 28 against the Reds, becoming the first pitcher to tally four RBI in his first major league appearance.
Syndergaard is at 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York. That is 15 innings north of his previous career high and the Mets want him to be 100 percent for the stretch run and postseason.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.