Coming off of a 7-1 loss to the Mets in the first game of the series, the Miami Marlins will look to bounce back in game two of the set on Saturday afternoon. Tom Koehler will oppose Daisuke Matsuzaka on the mound.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Mets||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Henderson Alvarez's success against the Mets ended on Friday, and the Marlins will turn to Tom Koehler for a quality start. Koehler struggled his last time out, lasting just three innings while giving up seven runs and striking out two against the Diamondbacks.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, on the contrary, pitched well in his last outing against the Braves. In seven innings, he allowed six hits and no runs while walking two and striking out three.
|MIAMI MARLINS||NEW YORK METS|
|C. Yelich - LF||C. Granderson - RF|
|Donovan Solano - 2B||Daniel Murphy - 2B|
|G. Stanton - RF||David Wright - 3B|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Lucas Duda - 1B|
|Garrett Jones - 1B||Travis d'Arnaud - C|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||K. Nieuwenhuis - LF|
|J. Saltalamacchia - C||Juan Lagares - CF|
|A. Hechavarria - SS||Ruben Tejada - SS|
|Tom Koehler - RHP||D. Matsuzaka - RHP|
Miami turns to its regular right-handed lineup in game two of the series. Donovan Solano starts at second and bats in the two hole, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia behind the plate and Adeiny Hechavarria batting eighth.
The Marlins scored just one run on Friday, and have had difficulty with runners in scoring position on the current roadtrip.
-Can Koehler keep the ball in the park? New York used the long ball to get ahead quickly against Alvarez on Friday night.
-Will the Marlins head into the break strong? With just two games before the All-Star break, the Marlins are looking to regain ground within the division.
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Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Mets 8-7