MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 7:10 PM

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Trying to continue their two-game win streak, the Mets are in Miami for the second of four against the Marlins.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Marlins Park.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) will have the pressure to continue the slight win streak when he faces the Marlins Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.58).

Matsuzaka left his last start on June 15th with a severe upset stomach.  He pitched once since then in relief on June 17th.  He hasn’t allowed more than four hits in any of his last eight starts which is the longest streak in Mets history.  Dice-K has won six straight decisions, and the team is 7-1 in his last eight starts.

David Wright was responsible for the lone run in Thursday night’s 1-0 win over the Marlins.  It was the 26th time in Mets history that they won a game 1-0 on a home run.  The last time it happened was in 2010 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Wright is the only player in team history that has done it twice, having it happen back in 2005.  The Captain has hit in four straight games and is 5-15 over that span.

Curtis Granderson continued his streak of reaching base safely now to 28 games.  He is also hitting .289 during that streak with 16 runs scored, four home runs, and 13 RBI.  Granderson is leading the National League with an OBP of .463 on the month of June.

Starting Lineup

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

The Mets made it two straight wins last night on the strength of a complete game shut out from Zack Wheeler. It was Wheeler’s first complete game and not only was it a gem, he had to do it with essentially no help from the offense. David Wright hit a solo homer in the first inning and that was all the bats were able to do against the Marlins. Matsuzaka will look to build off of Wheeler’s momentum as he faces off against Henderson Alvarez in game two of the set.

Matsuzaka is 3-0 on the season over 41.2 innings and a 2.81 ERA. In the month of June he has pitched 12.1 innings over four games and three starts (including one where he was able to get only one inning of work in due to the flu). In those 12.1 innings he has a 3.65 ERA while walking 10 and striking out 9. He has very limited innings against the Marlins this season who have three runs, two earned over 1.1 innings this year, and the following lifetime numbers:

  • Mathis 1-11
  • Stanton 2-7, HR
  • Hechavarria 2-4, 2B
  • Saltalamacchia 3-4, 2B
  • Lucas 0-3
  • Johnson 1-3
  • McGehee 0-2

The Mets bats will get a crack at Henderson Alvarez tonight who is 3-3 over 14 games this season with 2.56 ERA over 88.0 innings this year. In his last five starts he is 1-0 and the Marlins are 5-0 with 33.1 innings logged with a 0.81 ERA. He has made two starts against the Mets this season including a complete game shut out and a 6 inning, 2 ER outing. He has 3 complete game shutouts on the year so far. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 3-19, 2B
  • Murphy 4-16, 3 2B
  • Wright 5-13, 2B
  • Duda 2-12
  • e Young 2-10, 3B
  • C Young 0-6
  • Tejada 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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