National League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, July 12
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (44-48) at New York Mets (43-50), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98)
New York - Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Daisuke Matsuzaka tries to post his first victory in
more than a month when he takes the mound Saturday afternoon for the New York
Mets against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
Matsuzaka is 0-3 over his last six starts and hasn't won since June 10 against
Milwaukee. He threw seven shutout frames Monday versus Atlanta, but came away
without a decision in a game the Mets won, 4-3 in 11 innings.
In five games (three starts) against the Marlins, Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 3.79
Marlins righty Tom Koehler tries to bounce back from one of his worst outings
of the season. On Monday he gave up eight hits and seven runs in three-plus
innings of a 9-1 loss at Arizona. He's 1-3 with 2.49 ERA in 10 games (seven
starts) all-time against the Mets.
Last night, Zack Wheeler continued his stellar pitching against the Marlins to
help the Mets to a 7-1 win in the opener of the three-game series. Wheeler
(5-8), who entered the game with a 0.96 ERA in four career starts against
Miami, allowed just one run on five hits with six strikeouts over 6 2/3
"Zack showed you tonight that his stuff is good enough that he can throw it
for strikes and get away with it," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He made
pitches tonight when he had to make them."
In his last outing against the Marlins on June 19, Wheeler hurled his first
career complete game, limiting his opposition to three hits in a 1-0 win.
David Wright went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored for New
York, which has won five of its last six.
Lucas Duda also homered and Juan Lagares added a pair of hits with an RBI in
Miami starter Hector Alvarez (6-4) has also had success against his NL East
rival, however, that wasn't the case in this matchup. Alvarez was charged with
six runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
"None of my pitches were working like they've always worked," Alvarez stated.
"I was also leaving pitches up in the zone."
The Mets are 6-5 against the Marlins this season.
07/12 10:37:40 ET
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