Hero of the Game: Jacob Turner (0.428 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jeff Mathis (-0.185 WPA)
Play of the Game: Jeff Mathis grounded into a double play in the fifth inning. Greg Dobbs out at second base. (-0.191 WPA)
You think Jacob Turner might have been a little peeved at being left off of the main roster before the season began?
The Miami Marlins broke their nine-game losing streak tonight against the New York Mets thanks in large part to the efforts of the recently-promoted Turner, who turned in one of his best major league outings in his 2013 major league debut. Turner went seven innings and gave up five hits. He also struck out three batters, but walked just one to make up for the low-strikeout effort.
Turner kept the Mets on their toes with yet another strikeout-related contradiction of a performance. Tonight, he induced 10 swings and misses in just 81 pitches, yielding a 12.3 percent swinging strike rate that would rate among the best in baseball. Given Turner's apparently ability to miss bats, one would think he would do better in that department, but one look at his pitch locations shows why he did not.
Turner was all over the place in terms of the strike zone. He only got 11 called strikes tonight, just one more than his swinging strike total for the evening. One glance at that chart and it should not be difficult to see that Turner also threw 30 balls, yielding an overall three-to-one ratio that would be ghastly considering his reputation as a "control" guy. Without the called strikes, Turner relied heavily on his moving stuff, and tonight it worked out very well against a whiff-happy Mets team.
But it would not have been enough had the Marlins' offense not delivered as well. After Shaun Marcum held the Fish equally off-balance through the first six innings, the team bust through in the seventh inning. The Mets first escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning in which Jeff Mathis (MAAAATHISS!!) grounded into an inning-ending double play, but in the seventh, the Marlins delivered. After rookies Derek Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna found themselves on base, 10-year minor league veteran Ed Lucas stepped up with one out and delivered a two-run double that happened to be his first major league hit. Congratulations to Ed Lucas!
The Fish did not let up, as the bases were again loaded for Mathis and he delivered a sacrifice fly this time. This was followed by a two-run double by pinch-hitter Jordan Brown, leading to the Marlins' 4-0 lead.
The Fish eventually scored one more run on an Ozuna double. Ozuna went 3-for-4 on the evening with a double and two singles, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.
The Marlins will take on the Mets again tomorrow in a mid-afternoon tilt