The New York Mets and league-worst Miami Marlins own the bottom two spots in the NL East, which isn't surprising given how both clubs are sputtering toward the finish of their respectively frustrating seasons.
Miami has been successful against New York, though, and it will look to send the Mets to their fifth straight loss Friday night.
The Marlins (54-91) have lost five of six and need to finish 9-8 in order to avoid the second 100-loss season in the franchise's 20-year history. The majors' lowest-scoring team managed only a Donovan Solano RBI single in the third inning of Thursday's 6-1 loss to Atlanta.
Rookie Brian Flynn walked six through four innings as Miami fell after Wednesday's 5-2 victory that saw benches clear at one point.
"After an emotional night, we needed somebody to go out there, really pound the strike zone and put up some zeros,'' manager Mike Redmond said. "That just didn't happen.''
Despite all the Marlins' struggles, they've had plenty of success against t...