The Marlins’ three-game series with the Chicago Cubs over the weekend was postponed because of the hurricane, which is making its second U.S. landfall on the Florida Panhandle after hitting the center of the state.
The Marlins trail the Cubs by three in the race for the NL wild card.
Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett takes the mound for the first time since Aug. 29, when he set a team-record with 14 strikeouts. Burnett gave up one run and five hits as the Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4. Burnett surpassed Brad Penny’s previous team record of 13, which was set against the Montreal Expos on June 26, 2001.
Center fielder Juan Pierre has sparked Florida’s current run. Pierre has a 13-game hitting streak, going 25-for-50 in that span. He also has nine stolen bases in his last 11 games.
Pierre was 11-for-16 in a four-game series with the Mets, which ended with a 9-6 Marlins win on Thursday.
“The only thing you can say about that young man is, he really works at it,” Marlins hitting coach Bill Robinson said.
New York lost its ninth straight Sunday, 4-2 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets’ last win came on Aug. 21, 11-9 over the San Francisco Giants. It’s New York’s longest losing streak since dropping 12 straight from Aug. 10-23, 2002.
David Wright was one of New York’s only bright spots Sunday, hitting a home run in the fifth inning. Manager Art Howe has put Wright in the middle of the team’s lineup of late, hoping the rookie third baseman can give the team a spark.
“We have some great hitters on this team, and those guys are the meat of the lineup,” Wright said. “But if Art feels like shuffling the lineup and putting me in those holes, OK. It doesn’t matter to me where I hit. I just have to go out and try to get good at-bats.”