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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Preview: Game 33 - Mets (16-16) at Marlins (18-15) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Koehler (3-2)

Preview: Game 33
New York Mets (16-16) at  Miami Marlins (18-15)

Probable Pitchers - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 5.13 ERA vs Tom Koehler (3-2) 2.41 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 12:40 PM


Tom Koehler, the Bronx native will try to extend his dominant run at Marlins Park while avenging a recent defeat to the New York Mets on Wednesday when surprising Miami goes for its 11th win in 12 home games.

After scuffling along with the worst offense in baseball last season, the Marlins (18-15) have made quite a turnaround at the plate in 2014. They rank among the NL leaders with a .271 average, 156 runs and a .338 on-base percentage after finishing last in the majors in all three categories last season.

That offensive improvement has played a role in their recent success at Marlins Park, where they've averaged 6.0 runs and batted .317 while going 7-1 on a homestand that began with matchups against a pair of pitching-rich clubs in Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miami, a major league-best 16-5 at home, didn't need many runs Tuesday to win its second in as many nights to open this three-game set with the Mets (16-16). Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee went a combined 4 for 6 with three RBIs, while Henderson Alvarez tossed a six-hitter in a 3-0 victory.

Stanton has gone 11 for 29 with three homers and nine RBIs while hitting safely in all eight games on the homestand. McGehee is batting .363 with 21 RBIs at Marlins Park, going 13 for 30 over the past seven games there.

Jim Redmond's club goes for the sweep in the finale behind Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA), who has shown tremendous improvement since going 5-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 23 starts last season.

Koehler has limited opponents to two runs or less while working through six innings in five of six starts overall and is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three home outings. He gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

The right-hander gets a rematch with the Mets after he surrendered a season-high four runs with four walks over five innings in a 4-0 loss at Citi Field on April 27. He's 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts versus New York. The Mets are batting .209 (18 for 86)

Chris Young hit a two-run homer in that contest, but had a six-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday. Daniel Murphy, who is 4 for 9 with a homer versus Koehler the past two seasons, has gone 9 for 18 with a home run in his last four.

The Mets were shut out for the third time Tuesday, losing for the fifth time in their last six on a rain-shortened eight-game trip. They rank near the bottom of the majors with a .228 average.

Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) hopes to regroup from the shortest outing of his career in Friday's 10-3 loss at Colorado. He allowed a career-worst seven runs and seven hits with two walks over four innings. This Group of Marlins are hitting .186 vs him (8 for 43).

Although he hasn't factored in a decision versus Miami, Wheeler has pitched well by allowing three runs with 15 strikeouts over 13 innings in his two career starts -- both New York victories.

The Mets have to battle in the heat of Miami.....LGM!

Predicted Lineup:

  1. Juan Lagares - CF (.333)
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B (.385) HR
  3. David Wright - 3B (.273)
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF (0 for 2)
  5. Chris Young - LF (1 for 2) HR
  6. Lucas Duda - 1B (.111)
  7. Anthony Recker - C (.000)
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS (.273)
  9. Zack Wheeler - RHP 

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Derek Dietrich20000012.000.333.000.333
Adeiny Hechavarria60000002.
Reed Johnson31100000.333.333.6671.000
Garrett Jones31000000.333.333.333.667
Ed Lucas31000001.333.333.333.667
Jake Marisnick21000110.500.667.5001.167
Jeff Mathis30000002.
Casey McGehee21000010.500.667.5001.167
Marcell Ozuna31000102.333.333.333.667
Jarrod Saltalamacchia30000002.
Donovan Solano31000100.333.333.333.667
Giancarlo Stanton51000011.200.333.200.533
Christian Yelich50000011.

Travis d'Arnaud30000000.
Matt den Dekker30000001.
Lucas Duda91100111.
Wilmer Flores30000001.
Curtis Granderson20000011.000.333.000.333
Juan Lagares93010002.333.333.556.889
Daniel Murphy135001211.385.429.6151.044
Omar Quintanilla51000010.200.333.200.533
Anthony Recker60000001.
Ruben Tejada113100001.273.273.364.636
David Wright113200311.273.333.455.788
Chris Young21001200.500.6672.0002.667
Eric Young Jr.91100001.
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