|MIAMI ( FERNANDEZ )|
NY METS ( LAFFEY )
|901||MIAMI||+135||Ov 8,-105||+120||Ov 7.5,-115|
|902||NY METS||-145||Un 8,-115||-130||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-2||-2||1-1||1.5||0.234||0.290||5.0||0.259||0.358|
|Past 7 Games||1-4||-2.6||2-2||2.2||0.227||0.280||4.6||0.260||0.351|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-1||+0.5||3-0||7.7||0.311||0.408||4.0||0.250||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||3-2||0||4-1||6.4||0.269||0.365||3.6||0.229||0.289|
|4/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||0-2||L||225||7 ov||U||3||3||0||5||4||0|
|4/3/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-3||L||210||7 un||U||4||5||1||6||7||1|
|4/4/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-6||L||200||7 un||P||8||8||2||9||5||0|
|4/5/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||10||12||1|
|4/6/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-7||L||155||7 un||O||11||8||2||9||6||1|
|4/7/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||LAFFEY(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/1/2013||NIESE(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||11-2||W||-140||7.5 un||O||13||8||1||4||6||1|
|4/3/2013||HARVEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||8-4||W||-140||7 un||O||8||4||1||6||3||1|
|4/4/2013||GEE(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-2||L||-150||7.5 un||U||5||9||0||6||9||0|
|4/8/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (MIAMI-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Mets Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Miami (1-3) at New York (2-2), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Jose Fernandez is about to make history for the Miami Marlins.
The New York Mets would like to limit his entries into the record books.
Scheduled to make his major league debut, Fernandez will become the youngest pitcher in Marlins history Sunday when he attempts to cool the hot-hitting New York Mets in the finale of this three-game series at Citi Field.
Fernandez is the youngest pitcher in the majors at 20 years, 250 days, and his ascension to the majors has been sudden and rather surprising after he was selected 14th overall in the 2011 draft - three years after defecting from Cuba
The right-hander hasn't pitched above Class A, but he's been tremendous through 25 starts over the past two years, going 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA with 158 strikeouts in 134 innings.
Now, he's in position to become the youngest pitcher in team history to win a game, a record held by Ryan Dempster since June 28, 1998, when he was 21 years, 56 days.
"I think he is excited," manager Mike Redmond told the team's official website. "Probably a little nervous. Get him through that first inning, and he will think, 'Hey, this is what I've done my whole life.' Get him out there and just execute the game plan. I'm excited to get to watch him.
"With a young guy, you just stay positive. We're not going to give him too much information. When I was catching somebody's major league debut, I gave them just the basics."
The Mets were the victims the last time a 20-year-old won a game in the majors, when Atlanta's Julio Teheran beat New York at 20 years, 224 days on Sept. 8, 2011.
The Mets, though, are among the most productive offensive teams in the majors so far, scoring 32 runs through five games while connecting for seven homers - at least one in each contest.
John Buck has been a major contributor, going 8 for 19 with two homers and nine RBIs after batting a career-low .192 with Miami last year. The catcher drove in four runs Saturday, helping New York to a 7-3 win after his team lost the opener 7-5.
Perhaps fortunately for Fernandez, Buck is scheduled to get a day off.
"He can use a blow like everybody else," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website.
David Wright is looking to build on his best performance of the young season as he collected three hits with an RBI, two runs and his third stolen base Saturday. The All-Star third baseman totaled three hits over the first four games.
He's a career .324 hitter against Miami, and has a .372 average over the past 23 home meetings.
The Mets have won 12 of the last 16 versus the Marlins at Citi Field and will try to keep that success going by turning to Aaron Laffey, who will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
A strong performance could keep the left-hander in the rotation since Shaun Marcum is on the disabled list with a neck strain.
Laffey went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 games - 16 starts - with Toronto last year, and he's never faced the Marlins.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton is still seeking his first homer while going 4 for 18 with seven strikeouts. He didn't hit one out until his 20th game last year before finishing with a career-high 37.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:54:28 AM EST|