Game 151 Preview: Miami Marlins @ New York Mets

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 14: Jacob Turner #33 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 14, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)


Current Series

3 game series vs Mets @ Citi Field

Miami Marlins
@ New York Mets

Friday, Sep 21, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Jacob Turner vs Jon Niese

Clear. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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If you think you have stumbled upon the wrong Miami Marlins website when you saw a game preview, you are wrong. This is actually Fish Stripes, and this is actually a game preview. But do not be alarmed, it is very similar in formatting to the stuff you usually saw on the game threads. The reason for the change in game coverage? Once SB Nation United debuts, I'll be tacking on game previews for each game and tying them to the recaps going forward in StoryStreams. You can find out more about SB Nation United and its new features here.

For now, let's get to the first game of this three-game weekend series versus the New York Mets. On the mound for the Marlins is Jacob Turner, who is looking to build upon his impressive latest start. Against him will be Jon Niese, who has been a solid contributor all year for the Mets.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Mets ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
--- --- 5.47 5.20 Turner Niese 3.46 3,84 --- ---

Jacob Turner must have done something right, because those numbers for ERA and FIP before were in the 6.00's in his last start. But when you check out Turner's last start, a seven-inning start with three strikeouts, two walks, and two hits allowed and no runs on the board, you can see why fans have to be pretty happy so far. Turner dominated the Cincinnati Reds lineup, and now he gets to face the New York Mets as he continues to improve from start to start.

Jon Niese is pretty good. He's been about as good this year as he was last year, except his ERA is way down he stopped giving up so many hits on balls in play. Otherwise, pretty much the same. That's all anyone really needs to know.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. LHP
1 Gorkys Hernandez .275
2 Donovan Solano .291
3 Jose Reyes .340
4 Carlos Lee .337
5 Justin Ruggiano .346
6 Austin Kearns .320
7 Rob Brantly ---
8 Gil Velasquez ---

When you look at this lineup, don't you just want to cringe in fear? I mean, just look at it. Gorkys Hernandez is our leadoff man. He's still our leadoff man. Donovan Solano was batting eighth in the last game. Now? Second. Tell me how that makes any sense. Gil Velaszquez is playing. Gil Velaszquez. Gil Velasquez is not very good. Not at all.

The only interesting things about this lineup are that Rob Brantly is getting a rare opportunity versus a left-hander tonight, no doubt due to the fact that he is red-hot right now at the plate. However, one cannot exclude the possibility that manager Ozzie Guillen simply forgot which side Brantly hits from or Niese throws from. The other thing of note is that Giancarlo Stanton is still out with a sore left intercostal muscle, the same injury that kept him out of all of the Atlanta Braves series.

Bold Prediction: Mets def. Marlins 4-3

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