Braves vs Mets: Marcum Still Looking For First Win, Davis Batting Seventh

Starting Lineup

  1. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  2. Rick Ankiel – CF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – LF
  5. John Buck – C
  6. Marlon Byrd – RF
  7. Ike Davis – 1B
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Shaun Marcum – RHP

Game Notes

The Mets have lost eight straight games at Citi Field. With 12 losses in their past 15 games overall, the Mets have fallen 12 games under .500 at this early a date for the first time since 1993. Overall, the Mets are 9-17 at Citi Field this season. The .346 winning percentage at home is the third-worst mark in the majors.

Shaun Marcum ook the loss in the Mets’ 4-3 defeat to the Reds at Citi Field on May 20. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowed four runs, earned, and six hits. Struck out a season-high seven and walked one. Marcum has received a loss in his first five decisions, and five of his first six appearances with the Mets.

Dillon Gee has now gone five innings or fewer in five straight starts. He’s only topped six innings on one occasion this season. Opponents are hitting .225 against Gee during the first time through the order, but after that, they are batting a cumulative .392.

John Buck leads all major league catchers with 32 RBI and is tied with Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia with 11 home runs. The Mets catchers lead the majors with 12 home runs this year. Combined over the previous two years (2011-2012), they hit 11 home runs.

Lucas Duda extended his hitting streak to a career-best nine games with a single last night. Duda is batting .303 (10-33) during his run with three doubles. His previous best was a seven-game hitting streak done two previous times, last on June 16-24, 2012.

Mets outfielder Rick Ankiel has seven extra-base hits since joining the club on May 13. Daniel Murphy has at least one hit in 12 of his last 14 games and is hitting .446 with two homers and nine RBIs in that span.

Jeremy Hefner grew up in Moore, OK and attended Briarwood Elementary School, a school that was destroyed during the tornados last Monday. Hefner, who still has family in the area, is helping raise monies and awareness for
Lifechurch, a church he attends in the offseason and who had 71 members lose their homes. To make a donation you can visit, 100 percent of what is given through “Relief and Restoration” goes directly towards the victims.

Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Scott Atchison both started their rehab assignments with Single-A St. Lucie on Saturday and each pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Game Preview

The Mets and Braves finish off their series in the rare/annoying Sunday Night baseball game as the Mets look to avoid being swept. Yesterday the Mets ended up losing two games dropping their resumed baseball game by the score of 7-5 and then their actual baseball game by the score of 6-0. Tonight Shaun Marcum will take the mound as he goes up against Teheran.

Shaun Marcum is 0-5 this season with a 6.59 ERA over 27.1 innings of work. Two starts ago was his best of the season where he allowed only 2 ER over 6.2 innings of work, but in his last outing against the Reds he regressed back to typical Marcum allowing 4 ER over 6 innings of work. Earlier this season he faced the Braves where he allowed 3 ER over 4.1 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Shaun:

BJ Upton 8-23, 3 2B
Schafer 3-9, 2B
Chris Johnson 1-12
Uggla 1-10
J Upton 2-10

Julio Teheran is 3-1 this season over 8 starts with a 3.99 ERA over 49.2 innings of work. He is coming off of his best start of the season where he allowed 1 ER over 8.1 innings. Back in 2011 he logged 8.0 innings against the Mets allowing 5 ER, and the Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

Duda 1-4, 2B
Tejada, 0-4
Turner 1-3
Wright 1-2, HR

Lets Go Mets!


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