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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Preview: Game 94 - Marlins at Mets - Koehler vs Matsuzaka

Preview: Game 94
Miami Marlins (44-48) at New York Mets (43-50)

Probable Pitchers:Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA)vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32 ERA)
TV - WPIX - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:10 PM


David Wright has been on quite a tear despite his recent injury and had his best performance of the season in the opener of this three-game home series against Miami.

Considering how he's pounded Marlins pitching this season, that effort shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Wright looks to help the New York Mets win for the sixth time in seven games as the teams meet again Saturday.

The Mets' captain has batted .385 over his last 17, increasing his average 23 points to .285 after an inconsistent start to the first half.

Wright went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 7-1 victory and has posted a .452 average with two homers, six doubles and nine RBIs while recording at least one hit in 10 of 11 games against the Marlins. He hasn't seemed to feel the effects of a bruised rotator cuff that kept him out seven contests from June 27-July 4.

Lucas Duda added a two-run homer Friday for the Mets (43-50), who have outscored opponents 32-15 over the last six.

They've won three straight meetings with the Marlins and Wright is 4 for 9 with two doubles this season off Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA), who will look to bounce back with another successful start against New York.

Koehler went 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his previous three outings before having his worst outing of the year Monday, allowing seven runs in three innings of a 9-1 loss to Arizona.

It was the shortest start of the right-hander's career.

Koehler should be looking forward to another matchup with the Mets, as he's gone 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA in his last five against them. He's faced New York three times this season, giving up two runs and striking out 13 in 15 innings over the last two.

The Bronx native will look to help the Marlins (44-48) avoid a fourth loss in five games after they struggled offensively again. Miami has scored seven runs in its last four, with All-Star Giancarlo Stanton going 1 for 14.

Christian Yelich's RBI single in the fifth accounted for the Marlins' only run Friday. Miami will look to start producing against Daisuke Matsuzaka as he seeks a second straight solid start.

After posting a 6.06 ERA while losing his prior three outings, Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) gave up six hits in seven scoreless innings of New York's 4-3, 11-inning win over Atlanta on Monday.

The right-hander is 2/3 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts this season. He's 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, the most recent a 3-2 loss in which he allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings June 20.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Bobby Abreu10000001.
Travis d'Arnaud30000000.
Matt den Dekker30000001.
Lucas Duda142100122.
Wilmer Flores61100001.167.167.333.500
Curtis Granderson60000034.000.333.000.333
Juan Lagares123010002.250.250.417.667
Daniel Murphy195001211.263.300.421.721
Anthony Recker80000001.
Josh Satin10000001.
Taylor Teagarden30000002.
Ruben Tejada133100001.231.231.308.538
David Wright176300412.353.389.529.918
Chris Young82001300.250.333.625.958
Eric Young Jr.101100011.
Rob Brantly30000001.
Rafael Furcal31010000.333.3331.0001.333
Adeiny Hechavarria72100211.286.375.429.804
Reed Johnson31000001.333.333.333.667
Garrett Jones41000010.250.400.250.650
Ed Lucas30000010.
Jake Marisnick40000010.
Jeff Mathis70000005.
Casey McGehee51000002.
Marcell Ozuna20000011.000.333.000.333
Jarrod Saltalamacchia75300212.714.7501.1431.893
Donovan Solano30000011.
Giancarlo Stanton103001212.300.364.600.964
Christian Yelich00000010.0001.000.0001.000
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