Mets vs Marlins Preview: Spin In RF, Q Leading Off, McHugh Making First 2013 Start


Mets At Marlins – 4:10 PM

RHP Collin McHugh vs RHP Jose Fernandez

Starting Lineup

Omar Quintanilla, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Rick Ankiel, cf
Ike Davis, 1b
Jordany Valdespin, rf
Collin McHugh, rhp

Game Notes

From May 28-30, Mets pitchers struck out 34 batters without issuing a walk. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other team’s pitchers in the modern era (1900 to date) struck out more than 26 batters without allowing a walk in a three-game span.

New York pitchers went 31.0 innings without issuing a walk from the first inning on May 28 before Shaun Marcum issued an intentional walk in the sixth inning last night. The franchise record is 36.0 innings from July 4-8, 1994.

Over the last 10 games, Mets starters have posted a 3.17 ERA (23 earned runs/65.1 innings). Over their last seven games, Mets starters have tossed 47.0 innings and issued three walks, while notching 51 strikeouts. Overall, Mets starters have a 4.17 ERA, ranking 17th in the majors.

Collin McHugh is making his first major league start of 2013 this afternoon. In his first start in 2012 (his major league debut), McHugh tossed 7.0 scoreless innings vs. the Rockies on August 23, allowed two hits and had nine strikeouts. The last pitcher to throw 7.0 or more innings, allow two or fewer hits and have nine or more strikeouts in his major league debut was Milwaukee’s Steve Woodard, who one-hit Toronto over 8.0 innings with 12 strikeouts on July 28, 1997. McHugh’s nine strikeouts were the second-most in franchise history by a pitcher in his
first big league appearance. Matt Harvey had 11 strikeouts at Arizona on July 26, 2012.

The bullpen has surrendered two earned runs over its last 15.0 innings (1.20 ERA). New York relievers had seven victories in May, the third-most in the majors. Overall, the bullpen ranks 29th in the majors with a 4.57 ERA.

Game Preview

First off, a very happy one year No-Han anniversary to all of you!

In typical Mets fashion, after winning four against the Yankees, they lose against the Marlins. However, today is a new day and hopefully the start of a new streak as Collin McHugh makes a spot start for the Mets tonight against the young Jose Fernandez. Last night the Mets offense was absent…again. Marcum was fine with the exception of one inning when the game went south. Here’s hoping for the bats to come back today.

Collin is making a return to the majors today. This year he has allowed 6 ER over 3.0 innings in two games. Last year he was 0-4 over 8 games and 4 starts over 21.1 innings with a 7.59 ERA. Last year he faced the Marlins for 0.1 innings allowing 2 hits and one earned runs. This year in Vegas he is 3-2 over 8 starts and 49.1 innings while posting a 2.74 ERA. The only two Marlins that have stats against him are Brantly (0-1) and Pierre (1-1).

It is June 1st and for the third time this season, Jose Fernandez will be facing the Mets. On the season he is 2-3 over 10 starts with a 3.78 ERA while pitching 52.1 innings. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 9.0 innings while allowing 3 ER. He is coming off of a rough start start where he allowed 7 runs, 4 earned over 3.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

Baxter 0-3
Davis 0-2
Duda 0-3
Murphy 1-4
Buck 1-2, HR
Recker 1-2, 2B

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! You can follow me on twitter @213mfs