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Marlins vs Mets: Game 131 Thread

Miami will get another shot at a rookie starter after last night's walk off loss.

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Miami's offense is in shambles, and Yoenis Cespedes added some insult to injury with this last night:

But tonight is a new night and another chance for the Fish to quench their dry bats.

Pitching Matchup
Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
MIA Tom Koehler 3.58 4.09 4.13
NYM Seth Lugo 2.51 2.73 4.83

Koehler (9-9) has been Miami's most consistent pitcher since July. He's been using more pitches, walking fewer batters, and getting more chase swings over his last seven outings. But will it be enough? The Marlins' de facto ace, José Fernandez, pitched well enough for a win last night —six shutout innings—but hardly got any offensive support. If the team continues the 2.2 runs-per-game slump they've been on over the last nine games, it won't matter who's on the bump.

Miami goes up against Seth Lugo (1-2) another young, unproven starter. Lugo is coming off his first major-league win last week against St. Louis. The 26-year-old righty pitched five scoreless innings before being removed due to leg cramps. With Jonathon Niese, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey all facing DL time, the Mets are hoping they can get a few more starts out of Lugo.

Today's Lineups

Dee Gordon - 2B Jose Reyes - 3B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Martin Prado - 3B Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Christian Yelich - LF Jay Bruce - RF
Xavier Scruggs - 1B Alejandro De Aza - CF
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Wilmer Flores - 2B
J.T. Realmuto - C James Loney - 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Rene Rivera - C
Tom Koehler - RHP Seth Lugo - RHP

Ozuna is hitting second and Martin Prado third as Don Mattingly searches for solutions to the slumping offense.

Bold Prediction: Koehler's hot streak continues, as does Miami's slump in a 4-2 loss.