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Series Preview: Marlins at Mets

The Marlins are expected to have a few new faces in a four-game series with the Mets beginning on Monday

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The Miami Marlins are expected to promote three players for their series with the New York Mets beginning on Monday.

The Marlins will promote Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz and Robert Dugger, according to report from MLB.com. Due to Monday's doubleheader, Miami will be permitted to have a 26-man roster. Dugger appears to be serving as that extra man and will likely be sent back to AAA following his outing. Miami has not officially announced any of the moves yet, but is expected to do so at some point on Monday.

Miami was swept by the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend in St. Petersburg and has lost four of five. The Marlins are 42-67 on the season and are in last place in the division. New York sits directly ahead of Miami in the standings, with a 55-56 record in 2019.

Dugger's big-league debut is scheduled for the first game on Monday. Dugger began the year in AA with decent results, but he has been knocked around in AAA so far. Dugger has a 9.34 through seven starts in New Orleans, after posting a 3.31 E.R.A. in AA Jacksonville. The 24-year old is part of Miami's depth in the system and he may return to the Major League Baseball roster in September.

Sandy Alcantara will start for Miami in the second game of Monday's twin-bill and he will be looking to erase memories of his last appearance. Alcantara allowed seven runs in only 4.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins and now has a 4.54 E.R.A this season. Alcantara was Miami's All-Star this year, but he has run into struggles following that assignment.

Jordan Yamamoto will start for the Marlins on Tuesday. The 23-year old began to turn things around in his last outing against the Twins, after a could of poor starts. Yamamoto is 4-2 with a 3.94 E.R.A. overall and he has done a solid job with strikeouts. The right-hander has 49 strikeouts in 48 innings and he tallied eight punchouts in his start against Minnesota.

The Marlins have not announced a starter for Wednesday's series finale as of yet. Miami could use Elieser Hernandez on short rest or utilize the bullpen for the entire game. Miami has multiple long relievers in the pen and it may want to avoid bringing back Hernandez on three days rest.

Brinson has been playing better in AAA as of late and this could be his last chance to secure a starting role in Miami. With more outfield depth in the system, the Marlins have a number of options to turn to going forward. Brinson has struggled in his chances with the big-league club, while posting solid numbers in the minor leagues.

Diaz is one of Miami's top prospects and he should move into a starting role immediately Diaz had a superb year in AAA and could be Miami's second baseman for years to come. The 23-year old was acquired in the same trade that brought Brinson and Yamamoto to Miami. Diaz hit .305 with 26 home runs and 70 runs batted in this season in AAA.

The first game of Monday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m.

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