|MIAMI ( HAND )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-26||+3.1||16-22||2.8||0.228||0.288||3.6||0.254||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||4-2||3.4||0.255||0.291||4.6||0.248||0.322|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-25||+1||27-17||3.9||0.240||0.305||4.7||0.252||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-3.8||5-2||1.7||0.200||0.254||6.1||0.277||0.349|
|8/30/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-2||L||130||6.5 un||U||5||7||0||5||6||0|
|8/31/2013||TURNER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||195||7 ev||O||7||6||3||11||15||1|
|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)|| |
|9/14/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||HAND(L)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|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||HAND(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-2||W||182||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||6||4||0|
|8/31/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||11-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||9||0|
|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|| ||@ 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* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Miami (54-90) at New York (64-80), 7:10 p.m. EDT
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 the Mets. They've won 10 of the 15 meetings while holding a 20-run scoring advantage over New York, which is coming off a four-game sweep following Thursday's 7-2 loss to Washington.
The Mets (64-81) were shut out twice while being outscored 25-5 in the series.
"There are expectations that come when you're a big league player, and part of those expectations is the ability to execute when you need to," manager Terry Collins said. "We're not doing that right now."
New York, which would seal its fifth straight losing season with a loss Friday, will send Jonathon Niese to the mound.
Niese (6-7, 3.86 ERA) went 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA over his previous four starts before allowing six runs in six innings of his 9-4 loss at Cleveland on Saturday. He gave up four runs over 27 2-3 frames during his hot stretch, but he gave up five in the first inning to the Indians.
The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts since returning from the disabled list Aug. 11 after recovering from a partially torn left rotator cuff.
Niese didn't earn a decision in either of his two starts against the Marlins this season prior to his injury, giving up two runs - one earned - in six innings of New York's 7-3 win April 6 before allowing three runs in 6 2-3 frames of the Mets' 8-4 loss June 9.
He'll be opposed by Brad Hand, who will make his first start and fourth appearance of the season.
After walking two in 1 2-3 innings of Miami's 7-6 loss to the Mets in his season debut May 1, Hand (0-0, 0.00) was sent to the minors and went 3-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 15 starts for Triple-A New Orleans.
The left-hander was called up Sept. 2 and pitched one inning of a 7-0 win over Washington last Friday before tossing three frames of Monday's 5-2 loss to Atlanta.
Hand, who hasn't allowed a hit in 5 2-3 innings this season, has lost six straight major league starts while posting a 7.45 ERA, including giving up one run and three hits in six innings before falling 1-0 to New York on Sept. 7, 2011.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2018 12:41:24 PM EST|