More than a decade has passed since the Marlins had a winning season. They’ve spent the past two years buried at the bottom of the National League. They have the second-smallest payroll in the league. They endured a COVID-19 outbreak, afflicting 18 players, suspending their season for eight days and keeping them from home since July 22.
When Miami returned to the field this week, more than half the active roster had to be replaced. When they arrived at Citi Field on Friday, the Marlins sent out a starting pitcher with no experience above High-A ball.
Yet, the Mets were overmatched.
With one shaky frame from starter Michael Wacha and another quiet night at the plate, the last-place Mets returned from their first day off in two weeks by losing a 4-3 rain-soaked battle with the first-place Marlins, who stretched their stunning winning streak to six games and remain unbeaten since resuming play on Tuesday.
Wacha (1-2) suffered his second straight loss — and first against the Marlins in five career matchups — allowing four runs and six hits, while striking out nine and walking two on 98 pitches (64 strikes). Wacha, whose ERA rose to 6.43 following his third start with…