|MIAMI ( KOEHLER )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|951||MIAMI||+140||Ov 7.5,-115||+140||Ov 7.5,+110|
|952||NY METS||-150||Un 7.5,-105||-150||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-66||-18.9||42-50||3.4||0.233||0.286||4.2||0.252||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||1-5||2.6||0.222||0.260||3.4||0.203||0.283|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-57||-10.7||47-50||3.9||0.239||0.303||4.2||0.262||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||3-4||1.7||0.168||0.223||4.6||0.236||0.279|
|9/1/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||7-0||W||195||7 un||P||13||8||0||8||10||0|
|9/2/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||4-3||W||125||7 ov||P||9||6||1||8||5||0|
|9/3/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-2||W||130||8 un||P||12||10||0||4||6||1|
|9/4/2013||FLYNN(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-9||L||135||8 un||O||11||8||1||11||8||1|
|9/13/2013||HAND(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||3-4||L||135||7.5 un||U||7||3||1||5||4||0|
|9/14/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||3-0||W||115||7.5 un||U||6||8||0||4||6||0|
|9/14/2013||TURNER(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||1-3||L||-110||8 un||U||4||6||0||6||7||0|
|9/15/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/16/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||FLYNN(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||TURNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|9/1/2013||NIESE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||5-6||L||140||8 ev||O||13||7||0||16||11||1|
|9/2/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||5-13||L||200||8.5 ev||O||10||8||1||17||10||1|
|9/3/2013||TORRES(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||1-3||L||210||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||7||5||0|
|9/4/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||LOE(R)||5-2||W||125||8 ov||U||12||11||1||7||7||0|
|9/6/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-8||L||155||8 ov||O||7||5||1||10||8||1|
|9/7/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-9||L||155||8 ov||O||8||4||1||11||5||0|
|9/8/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-1||W||225||8.5 ev||U||8||10||0||5||8||0|
|9/17/2013||WHEELER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||HARANG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||NIESE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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* ======================
Miami (54-92) at New York (65-81), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Miami Marlins starter Tom Koehler could have plenty of support in what figures to be a sparse Citi Field crowd Sunday as he tries to end his second seven-start winless run of 2013.
The Marlins have never lost to the New York Mets when the New York native has been on the mound heading into the finale of this four-game set.
Koehler (3-10, 4.80 ERA) is 0-4 with a 5.89 ERA in seven starts since pitching six innings Aug. 1 to earn a 3-0 home victory over the Mets. He also was winless in his first seven 2013 starts.
His other start this year against New York (66-82) was an 8-4, 10-inning road victory June 9 in which he gave up four runs in seven innings. Koehler, who was born in the Bronx and pitched in college at nearby Stony Brook, had about 100 family members and friends at Citi Field.
"All of a sudden, you look up and you could see them cheering you on when you're walking off the field or walking out there to stretch," Koehler said after that outing.
Juan Lagares is 3 for 6 and Daniel Murphy 3 for 8 versus Koehler, whose 7.32 road ERA since Aug. 7 is one of baseball's worst marks.
Murphy went 2 for 4 with a solo homer in a 3-1 victory that earned the Mets a split of Saturday's doubleheader. He entered that contest mired in a 3-for-21 slump, going hitless in four at-bats in a 3-0 defeat in the opener.
"The numbers, they are what they are," Murphy said. "You always feel like you can do more, but if people feel like they look good then hopefully I'm helping the team win more games than I'm not."
Miami (55-93) received seven scoreless innings from Henderson Alvarez in Game 1, with Donovan Solano homering for the first time since July 25.
"Long days with doubleheaders, you need somebody to step up and be the hero. And today Alvarez and Solano gave us a big lift," manager Mike Redmond said.
Redmond and Mets skipper Terry Collins juggled their lineups Saturday. Solano, Giancarlo Stanton, Adeiny Hechavarria and Justin Ruggiano started both games for the Marlins while Murphy, Eric Young and Lucas Duda were the only Mets to do so.
No reliever for either team saw action in both contests, and Mets right-hander Frank Francisco left Game 1 with what is being called a bruised hand suffered on a line drive off the bat of Logan Morrison.
"I thought it was broke for sure," Francisco said. "Just hope that it goes away soon and I'll be able to throw as soon as possible."
New York will start right-hander Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.61), who owns a 2.56 ERA in 19 starts since May 30 - actually lower than injured teammate Matt Harvey's 2.60 mark in 15 outings in that span.
Gee has faced the Marlins once this year, giving up four runs in five innings to get credit for a 7-6 road win May 1.
These teams have each scored seven runs in this series, with the Mets winning two of the first three.
|Last Updated: 9/14/2014 11:04:14 PM EST|