MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 12:40 PM

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The Mets will try and salvage a win this afternoon and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins who improved to 16-4 at home this season. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41) for the Marlins in Wednesday’s 12:40 PM road-trip finale.

Zack Wheeler has four games with six or more strikeouts this year, including a season-high 10 strikeouts on April 25 vs. Miami. Wheeler has 15 strikeouts in 13.0 innings in two career starts vs. Miami.

Wheeler suffered his third loss of the season in his last start against the Colorado Rockies on May 2, lasting only 4.0 innings, his shortest career outing, and allowing seven runs, six earned, both career highs.

Terry Collins did not have Carlos Torres available during the first two games in the series because of an upper lat muscle issue, according to Terry Collins. ”You can call it a cramp, whatever it is, but it was bothering him and, as you know, you’ve got to be careful with that stuff.” Torres has appeared in 16 of the Mets’ first 31 games — five times for multiple innings. He is on pace for 84 appearances this season.

Scott Rice will likely not be available out of the bullpen on Wednesday due to a back issue, Terry Collins told reporters. He was unavailable on Tuesday as well. Like Torres, he is also on pace for 84 appearances this season. In 16 games spanning 7.1 innings pitched, Rice has a 6.14 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.

Sandy Alderson told Ken Davidoff of the NY Post, that his bullpen has “underperformed spectacularly in certain cases and has been inconsistent.” The Mets bullpen has the 4th worst ERA and 2nd worst save percentage in the majors. “One of the issues we’ve faced is, because of the inconsistency, the lack of track records, we don’t have the luxury of set roles. Hopefully that will develop over the next period of time.”

Jeremy Hefner hopes to be throwing off a mound within three weeks and like Matt Harvey, hopes to return to the majors by season’s end. ”That’s my goal That’s my hope. Hopefully, I can come and contribute if there’s a need. I think I’d be wasting my time if I wasn’t trying to get back to the big leagues, so I’m hopeful I can do that.”

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets try to get  back on the winning track today as the last two games have been rough. Last night Alvarez just crushed the Mets lineup and after putting together a nice winning streak at home, the Mets have now lost 5 of their last 6. Today Wheeler looks to rebound from his last start as he goes up against Koehler.

Wheeler is 1-3 on the season over 6 starts and 33.1 innings with a 5.13 ERA and 32 strikeouts. His last start in Colorado was not good. He allowed 7 runs, 6 earned, walked 2 and struck out 1 over 4.0 innings. This will be his second start against the Marlins this year and his first start against the Marlins was his best of the year allowing 6.0 innings with one run and 10 strikeouts. The Marlins have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Hechavarria 0-6
  • Stanton 1-5
  • Yelich 0-5
  • Dietrich 0-2
  • Jones 1-3
  • Lucas 1-3

Tom Koehler is 3-2 on the season over 6 starts and 37.1 innings with a 2.41 ERA. After a rough start against the Mets where he allowed 4 earned runs over 5.0 innings of work, he rebounded with a 7.0 inning game not allowing runs, the second time he has done that this season. The Mets have the following numbers against Tom:

  • Murphy 5-13, HR
  • Wright 3-11, 2 2B
  • Tejada 3-11, 2B
  • Duda 1-9, 2B
  • Lagares 3-9, 3B
  • E Young 1-9, 2B
  • C Young 1-2, HR

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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