MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 1:10 PM

An article by posted on June 22, 2014

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The Mets are looking for a series victory over the Miami Marlins, in the finale of the four-game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM at Marlins Park.

Jon Niese (3-4, 2.67) tries to make it four wins in their last five games for the Mets, as he takes on Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60).

In their last five games, the starting pitchers for the Mets have posted an ERA of 1.27 which is five earned runs in 35.1 innings.  For the season, Mets starters have an ERA of 3.63 with is ninth in the majors.  They have allowed three runs or fewer in four straight games, and in five of their last seven.

Jacob deGrom earned his first major league victory on Saturday (finally), going seven scoreless innings.  He is the 333rd pitcher in team history to record a win.  Jae Seo (2003) and Jon Niese (2008) where the only other two Mets pitchers since 1999 to win their first major league game while pitching at least seven innings without giving up a run.

Niese has goine 18 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less which is the longest current streak in the majors.  It is the sixth longest streak in Mets history, and longest since 2009 when Johan Santana went 21 starts.  14 of the starts have come since the start of the 2014 season.  That ties him with Al Leiter who had 14 in 1998 and Jerry Koosman who did it in 1968.

David Wright seems to have all the woes of a slump in his rear view.  He is currently sitting on a six-game hit streak where he has gone 10-for-23 with three doubles, two home runs, and five RBI.  He has also recorded in each of his last five games which ties a season-high.  The last time the Captain recorded an RBI in six or more games came in 2010 when he did it in seven games.

Curtis Granderson now sits at 30 consecutive starts reaching base safely which is a career high.  His glorious month of June continues which sees him third in the National League on on base percentage and 14th in the league in batting average.  He is currently third in the major leagues in walks this month with 15.

Starting Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
  6. Ruben Tejada – SS
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Jon Niese – P
  9. Eric Young Jr – LF

The Mets and Marlins wrap up their four game set this afternoon as the Mets look to take the series 3-1. Yesterday deGrom had a masterful outing shutting out and down the Marlins for 7 innings and the Mets bats were able to push 4 runs over the plate. Today the Mets will be hoping for more of the same as Jon Niese takes the mound for the Amazins vs DeSclafani.

Niese is 3-4 over 91.0 innings of work and 14 games with a 2.67 ERA. His last start was the first time in his last 5 that he allowed three earned runs or more. In one start against the Marlins this year he allowed no runs and 5 hits over 7.0 innings walking 1 and striking out 6. The Marlins have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Stanton 7-21, 2 HR
  • Johnson 8-21
  • Baker 7-15, 2B
  • Hechavarria 3-11
  • MCGehee 2-10, 2B
  • Lucas 3-8, 2B

Anthony DeSclafani is 1-1 over his first three major league starts pitching 17.2 innings allowing 11 ER. His first start was good allowing 2 ER over 6.0 innings, striking out 7 against the Dodgers. Then he allowed 5 ER over 5.1 innings vs the Phillies and then 4 ER over 6.1 innings against the Cubs. He has never faced the Mets before.

Lets Go Mets!

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