Sunday, July 13, 2014

Preview: Game 95 - Marlins at Mets - Hand vs deGrom


Preview: Game 95
Miami Marlins (44-49) at New York Mets (44-50)

Probable Pitchers:
Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM

Preview:

Jacob deGrom's last outing may have brought back memories of the first time he faced the Miami Marlins.

The rookie starter earned his first home win his last time on the mound and will try to help the New York Mets complete a three-game sweep of Miami on Sunday at Citi Field.

DeGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) matched a season high with 11 strikeouts and had no walks over seven scoreless innings Tuesday in an 8-3 win over Atlanta. He had been 0-3 with a 2.49 ERA over his first four home starts.

The right-hander's fastball averages 93.4 mph, and he uses it 60.2 percent of the time with a strike percentage of 62.8. His strike percentages are higher for his changeup (68.2) and curveball (69.5).

DeGrom earned his first big-league victory June 21 by limiting the Marlins (44-49) to five hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. That game began the current four-start stretch in which he's 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA.

He could be the right person to give New York (44-50) further momentum going into the All-Star break. The Mets will try to cap this homestand with an 8-2 mark after rallying for a 5-4 win Saturday.

Collins pushed the right buttons, as Chris Young and Eric Campbell delivered as pinch hitters. Young hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Campbell singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

The Mets have won four straight over the Marlins to take a 7-5 lead in the season series.

Miami dropped its third straight, giving up a lead in the seventh inning or later for the second time in that span.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is mired in a 1-for-18 slump and has not homered in a season-worst 14 straight games.

This series features two of the NL leaders in hits. Casey McGehee has a league-best 114 for Miami and Daniel Murphy has 113 for New York.

McGehee may be able to pad his lead over the Mets second baseman Sunday since Collins indicated he may rest Murphy before he heads to the All-Star game. Campbell would likely start at second in his place.

Miami will give Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09) his fifth start of the season and third in a row since being activated off the disabled list July 3.

The left-hander allowed one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Arizona.
Hand is 1-11 with a 5.01 ERA in 19 career starts, including 0-2 with a 3.78 ERA in three against the Mets.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. BRAD HAND
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Andrew Brown21001110.500.6672.0002.667
Travis d'Arnaud20000000.000.000.000.000
Lucas Duda93101412.333.400.7781.178
Curtis Granderson20000000.000.000.000.000
Juan Lagares30000001.000.000.000.000
Zach Lutz21000010.500.667.5001.167
Daniel Murphy61000000.167.167.167.333
Anthony Recker110000001.0001.0001.0002.000
Ruben Tejada50000020.000.286.000.286
David Wright81000102.125.125.125.250
Chris Young220000001.0001.0001.0002.000
Eric Young Jr.41100001.250.250.500.750
Totals4611202656.239.314.413.727
MIAMI MARLINS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JACOB DEGROM
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Jeff Baker20000000.000.000.000.000
Justin Bour00000010.0001.000.0001.000
Rafael Furcal20000000.000.000.000.000
Garrett Jones30000002.000.000.000.000
Ed Lucas32000000.667.667.6671.333
Jake Marisnick30000002.000.000.000.000
Casey McGehee21100011.500.6671.0001.667
Marcell Ozuna21000010.500.667.5001.167
Jarrod Saltalamacchia30000001.000.000.000.000
Giancarlo Stanton31100000.333.333.6671.000
Totals235200036.217.308.304.612
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