Marlins at Mets • 1:10 PM
RHP Tom Koehler (3-10, 4.80) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (11-10, 3.61)
- Eric Young, Jr. – LF
- Juan Lagares – RF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- Lucas Duda – 1B
- Wilmer Flores – 3B
- Matt den Dekker – CF
- Travis d’Arnaud – C
- Ruben Tejada – SS
- Dillon Gee – RHP
The Mets secured their fifth straight losing season Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the Marlins. They lost the first game, 3-0, and won the nightcap, 3-1. The Mets and Astros will likely head into the 2014 season as the co-owners of the longest losing-seasons streak in baseball, as both have not had a non-losing season since 2008.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12) propelled the Mets to victory in the nightcap allowing just one run — a home run to Justin Ruggiano in the fourth – on two hits, one walk and two hit batsmen along with three strikeouts in his seven innings. “I’m not surprised,” Collins said of Matsuzaka, strong for the second straight start. “This guy competes. He’s competed his entire life on any stage, any situation, never gives in. What he’s doing right now is making pitches.”
Lucas Duda hit a home run for the second straight day last night. It was his third home run of the month and nine of his 14 homers have come at Citi Field. Since returning to the Mets on August 25, Duda has reached base safely in 15 of 18 games he’s had a plate appearance. Currently, he has hit in four straight games going (5-14, .357) and is hitting .292 (14-48) in 14 games this month.
Frank Francisco bruised his thumb in the first game on Saturday. He underwent X-rays, and the Mets announced the injury as a bruise.
Gee struggled against Washington, allowing four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He didn’t have his usual precise command, and it cost him as he allowed a couple of home runs. Besides Matt Harvey, Gee’s been the Mets’ most dependable starter.
Koehler has dropped four straight decisions since beating the Mets on Aug. 1, a span of seven starts. The right-hander lost a start at Philadelphia on June 3, giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings.
The Mets and Marlins finish their series today with the Mets in position to take the series with a win this afternoon. After taking Friday night’s game, the Mets dropped the first game and then picked up the second game thanks to a second good start in a row from Dice K (seriously) and back to back homers from Murphy and Duda. Today Dillon Gee will take the mound against Tom Koehler.
Dillon Gee is 11-10 over 29 games with 179.2 innings of work and 3.61 ERA. After an impressive stretch of 7 games with 49.0 innings and a 2.02 ERA, Dillon Gee had a hiccup in his last game allowing 4 ER over 6.1 earned runs. This year Gee has made only one start against the Marlins allowing 4 ER over 5.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Gee:
Dobbs 2-5, HR
Stanton 1-5, HR
The Mets bats will get another look at Tom Koehler today who is 3-10 over 26 games and 20 starts over 123.2 innings with a 4.80 ERA. In his last seven games he has pitched 36.2 innings with a 5.89 ERA. He has pitched 16.0 innings against the Mets this year with a 2.25 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
Murphy 3-8, HR
Baxter 1-6, 2B
Lagares 3-6, 3B
Tejada 2-6, 2B
Turner 1-2, 2B
Lets Go Mets!