Showing posts with label Tom Koehler. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tom Koehler. Show all posts

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.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Preview: Game 75 - Mets at Marlins - deGrom vs Koehler

Preview: Game 75
New York Mets (33-41) at Miami Marlins (37-36)

Probable Starting Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-4) 4.39 ERA vs Tom Koehler (5-5) 3.84 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:10 PM


Strong pitching has spurred the Miami Marlins' home success against the New York Mets, and Tom Koehler has been an unexpected contributor.

Koehler looks to extend the Marlins' longest stretch of home dominance on the mound against the Mets on Saturday.

Miami (37-36) has won 13 of the past 18 home meetings with New York behind a 2.37 ERA, and it's at 1.14 in taking six of the last seven. The Marlins won 3-2 Friday after falling 1-0 in the opener of the four-game set a day earlier.

Turning to Koehler (5-5, 3.84 ERA) may only keep that dominance going, while shaking him out of his recent funk.

The right-hander's 18 consecutive scoreless innings at home against the Mets (33-41) is the longest by any Marlins pitcher in the all-time series. That's a big reason why he owns a 1.59 ERA in five home games - three starts - against the NL East rival, splitting a pair of decisions.

Koehler dominated New York at Marlins Park again May 7, yielding two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 victory.

Another meeting may be welcome since he's 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA in five starts after compiling a 1.40 ERA and 2-1 record over the previous four outings.

His struggles came in one inning Monday, blowing a three-run lead by surrendering four in the sixth of a 5-4 loss in 13 to the Chicago Cubs. Koehler gave up four of five runs in the sixth inning against Texas six days earlier.

Adeiny Hechavarria also seems to be rather comfortable at home, hitting .322 compared to .213 on the road. He had a double and two RBIs on Friday, giving him a .389 average in the last nine games in Miami.

The shortstop, though, is 4 for 38 in 12 career home matchups with New York.

The Mets have dropped nine of 11 on the road, failing to score more than four runs in any of those games while batting .165 with runners in scoring position.

Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) takes the ball for New York as he again seeks his first career win.

The rookie right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA over his last four starts after going 0-2 with a 1.83 mark in his first three, while being backed by four total runs.

DeGrom's latest outing was his worst of the season, giving up six runs and 12 hits while being pulled with one out in the fifth inning of Monday's 6-2 loss at St. Louis.

It may be important for deGrom to show some improvement, as the Mets expect to make a change to the rotation with Dillon Gee (strained right lat) expected to come off the disabled list soon.

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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 

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Preview: Game 25 - Miami Marlins (11-13) at New York Mets (13-11) - Koehler (2-1) vs Gee (1-1)

Preview: Game 25
Miami Marlins (11-13) at New York Mets (13-11)
Pitching Probables - Tom Koehler (2-1) 2.13 ERA vs Dillon Gee (1-1) 3.58 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10PM


A day after the Marlins completed an impressive rally, Tom Koehler looks to continue his strong start and help Miami win its first road series of the season Sunday against the New York Mets.

Miami (11-13) finished at the bottom of the NL East at 62-100 last year, partly due to a 26-55 mark on the road. The Marlins have been even worse on the road so far in 2014, dropping nine of 11.

They seemed headed for another road defeat Saturday, but a five-run sixth inning combined with a homer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the 10th gave them a 7-6 win.

The Marlins, though, are hitting .223 while averaging 2.9 runs on the road compared to .293 and 5.8 at home. Koehler (2-1, 2.13 ERA) is surely aware of that difference.

The right-hander has been backed by 18 total runs in his victories -- both at home -- but has received just two in his other two outings, which resulted in road defeats for Miami.

That was the case again Monday, when Koehler allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings while not getting a decision in a 4-2 loss at Atlanta.

Poor run support is precisely why Koehler is just 1-1 in seven games -- four starts -- against the Mets. A Bronx native who attended nearby Stony Brook, Koehler has been backed by seven total runs in those meetings, undermining his 2.35 ERA and 18 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts.

Daniel Murphy is a bright spot in the Mets Lineup vs Koehler as he is batting .364 (4 for 11) with a HR. The Mets team combined that has faced him is batting .194 (13 for 67)

He held the Mets (13-11) to just three hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win at Citi Field on Sept. 15.

New York will counter with Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58), who can empathize with Koehler's lack of support. The right-hander only allowed two runs in the fourth inning before leaving after the sixth Tuesday, but he was charged with the 3-0 loss to St. Louis.

Gee is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins, going 1-0 in two home meetings while holding them to one run while fanning 14 batters in 13 1/3 innings. The Marlins as a team (that have faced him) are batting a combined .286 (14 for 49) with 2 HR's...(Giancarlo Stanton 1, Greg Dobbs 1)..

Tough one for the Mets, might be a pitching matchup in the works.... LGM!

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