Marlins vs Mets: Collins Pencils ‘Spin and Lagares Into Today’s Lineup

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Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets

Sunday, June 9, 1:10 PM EDT, Citi Field

Jon Niese (4.40 ERA) vs. Tom Koehler (3.70 ERA)

 Starting Lineup

  1. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  2. Jordany Valdespin – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  5. Mike Baxter – LF
  6. Ike Davis – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

‘Spin and Lagares both in the starting lineup? Shocker… What have they done with the real Terry Collins? – Joe D.

Game Notes

The Mets bolstered their relief core with 31-year-old David Aardsma, who had thrown just one Major League inning since 2010 before being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas. He had a 2.05 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 22 innings. He threw a scoreless 12th inning on Saturday.

Starter Shaun Marcum came into Saturday’s 20 inning game in relief in the 13th inning and picked up the loss despite an excellent appearance out of the bullpen. He went eight innings and gave up just one run on five hits, which is better than almost every start he’s made this season.

After Rick Ankiel went hitless in four at-bats and struck out three times in Saturday’s 20-inning game off the bench, the Mets designated the outfielder for assignment and will promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas. Ankiel was 2-for-his-last-35.

Matt Harvey plans to make his next start. He insisted his lower-back issue was resolved when it was “popped back into place” during a chiropractic adjustment after departing Saturday’s game.

Game Preview

The Mets got excellent pitching throughout the entire game. Harvey started off well, the bullpen took over well and then Marcum got in 8 innings where he, in a twisted decree of fate, allowed only one earned run in the top of the 20, and the Mets couldn’t do anything. Anyway, Jon Niese looks to keep the good pitching going today as he takes on Tom Koehler.

Jon Niese is 3-5 over 11 starts and 61.1 innings with a 4.40 ERA. Jon has really turned it on in his last three starts posting an ERA of 1.33 over a stretch of 20.1 innings. In that stretch he has walked only 6 and struck out 14 batters. In his one start against the Marlins this year he allowed 8 hits, 2 earned runs and one unearned over 6.0 innings of work. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

Polanco 12-35, 5 2B
Coghlan 2-10, 2B
Ruggiano 2-8
Dobbs 1-4
Olivo 1-3

Tom Koehler is 0-4 this season over 11 games and 5 starts with 41.1 innings while posting a 3.40 ERA. He has pitched 30.0 innings as a starter with a 3.90 ERA. He pitched 3.0 innings against the Mets allowing 1 hit, no runs while striking out 5 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Murphy 1-5
Baxter 1-3, 2B
Davis 1-3, 2B
Duda 0-3
Wright 0-3

Hopefully, the Mets try to do something after yesterday… Like beat the Marlins for example…

lets go mets dog

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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!