Preview: Marlins at Mets (Game 2)
Updated On: Sep 14 2013 12:57:59 AM CDT
After getting done in by the home-run ball during their previous series, the New York Mets were able to make a statement with a pair of blasts in their opener against the Miami Marlins. New York looks to ride that momentum on Saturday when it hosts a doubleheader versus its struggling National League East rival. The Mets rebounded after allowing 13 homers to Washington without one of their own during a four-game sweep as Lucas Duda and Andrew Brown went deep in a 4-3 win over Miami on Friday.
New York's run production against the Marlins nearly matched its sum total after getting outscored 25-5 versus the Nationals. Giancarlo Stanton wasn't left out of the home run party, going deep to lead off both the second and seventh innings for his third multi-homer game of the season and ninth career. Stanton has launched four homers in his last six games for the Marlins, who hold a 10-6 edge in the season series.
TV: 7:45 p.m. ET, FSFL (Miami), SNY (New York)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Jacob Turner (3-6, 3.43 ERA) vs. Mets RH Carlos Torres (3-4, 3.53)
Turner suffered his fifth straight loss and extended his winless stretch to 10 games on Sunday after allowing five runs on nine hits in a season-worst four-plus innings in a 6-4 loss to Washington. The 22-year-old scattered five hits in seven scoreless innings to defeat the Mets on May 31 before picking up a no-decision against them after yielding three runs on five hits in 6 1/3 frames on July 29. Turner, who is 0-4 on the road, has allowed three of his nine homers in his last two outings.
Torres was blitzed for his second straight loss on Monday after permitting four homers and six runs in four innings against Washington. The 31-year-old has pitched significantly better at home, posting a 3-1 mark with a 0.99 WHIP while limiting the opposition to a .228 batting average. Torres has yielded half of his 12 homers on the season in his last two trips to the mound.
1. Mets SS Ruben Tejada is 0-for-9 since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday.
2. Marlins 2B Donovan Solano has collected both a hit and an RBI in each of his last three contests.
3. The doubleheader came as a result of a postponement due to rain on June 7.
PREDICTION: Mets 4, Marlins 2
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