Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

August, 28, 2011
8/28/11
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The Mets oppose Anibal Sanchez (left) and Ricky Nolasco (right) in a doubleheader Monday as play resumes after Hurricane Irene.
METS (62-68, third place/NL East) vs. FLORIDA MARLINS (59-72, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP R.A. Dickey (5-11, 3.72) and RHP Dillon Gee (11-5, 4.37) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01) and RHP Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 4.30), 4:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Mike Pelfrey (7-10, 4.60) vs. RHP Javier Vazquez (7-11, 4.63), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: LHP Chris Capuano (10-11, 4.43) vs. RHP Chris Volstad (5-11, 5.61), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Miguel Batista (3-2, 4.60 with St. Louis Cardinals) or RHP D.J. Carrasco (1-3, 4.79) vs. RHP Clay Hensley (2-5, 5.40), 7:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who suffered a sprained left shoulder attempting a catch at Citi Field on Aug. 2, has started a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter and should be activated from the disabled list no later than Thursday, when rosters expand. Emilio Bonifacio has moved from third base to shortstop in Ramirez’s absence. Greg Dobbs or, against southpaws, Jose Lopez mans the hot corner until Ramirez is activated.

• Right fielder Mike Stanton’s 30 homers match Jimmie Foxx for the sixth-most pre-September long balls by a player younger than 22 in major league history. The leaders: Eddie Mathews (43, 1953), Frank Robinson (35, 1956), Mel Ott (33, 1929), Alex Rodriguez (33, 1996) and Albert Pujols (31, 2001). Stanton is one shy of the National League home run leaders, Matt Kemp and Albert Pujols, who have 31 apiece.

Ricky Nolasco became the franchise career strikeout leader in his last start at 765, passing Dontrelle Willis (757). A.J. Burnett (753) ranks third, followed by Josh Johnson (667). Nolasco’s 63 wins as a Marlin trail only Willis’ 68. Nolasco also trails only Willis in Marlins history in games started and innings pitched.


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Logan Morrison has returned from a controversial demotion to Triple-A New Orleans.


• Twitter-active left fielder Logan Morrison returned Wednesday from a controversial demotion to Triple-A New Orleans, during which he went 4-for-24. Morrison ostensibly was briefly dispatched to the minors to work on his hitting, but the decision reportedly was fueled by his decision not to attend a Marlins community foundation event in protest of his treatment. Bryan Petersen hit .323 (10-for-31) and handled left field in place of Morrison during the 10-day absence.

• Right-hander Javier Vazquez, who has been the Marlins’ best starting pitcher since the All-Star break, has told reporters he has made a decision about whether he will play in 2012 but is not ready to share it. Speculation is the 35-year-old Vazquez will retire. Vazquez struck out a season-high 11 Cincinnati Reds in his last start.

• Second baseman Omar Infante is hitting .397 (31-for-78) in his past 19 games. He has 11 multi-hit games during that span. The spurt was interrupted by a broken finger, which Infante suffered diving for a groundball. He returned Aug. 20.

Anibal Sanchez is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA in his past five road starts.

• The Marlins have a National League-high seven grand slams, the latest from John Buck on Friday in Philadelphia -- Buck’s second this season. Buck’s 17 homers in 2011 match the second-most by a catcher in a season in franchise history, trailing only Charles Johnson’s 19 in 1997 as a catcher.

• Closer Leo Nunez is 1-2 with a 12.91 ERA and only three successful save conversions in six chances this month. The last two chances have instead gone to rookie right-hander Steve Cishek, who notched the save in Florida’s lone weekend game, Friday at Philadelphia.

Matchups

Dickey vs. Marlins (career: 3-2, 5.63 ERA)
Omar Infante .563, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 18 PA
John Buck .500, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 PA
Emilio Bonifacio .500, 1 K, 4 PA
Gaby Sanchez .455, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 K, 13 PA
Jose Lopez .375, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 9 PA
Alfredo Amezaga .200, 1 RBI, 3 K, 5 PA
Logan Morrison .167, 1 BB, 3 K, 7 PA
Brett Hayes .167, 1 K, 6 PA
Greg Dobbs .143, 2 K, 7 PA
Mike Stanton .000, 1 K, 5 PA
Mike Cameron .000, 4 K, 5 PA

Gee vs. Marlins (career: 0-0, 5.40)
Emilio Bonifacio .667, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Brett Hayes .500, 2 PA
Mike Stanton .333, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 PA
Logan Morrison .333, 3 PA
Omar Infante .167, 1 BB, 7 PA
Bryan Petersen .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Gaby Sanchez .000, 1 BB, 3 PA

Pelfrey vs. Marlins (career: 1-7, 5.14 ERA)
Omar Infante .577, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 28 PA
Gaby Sanchez .429, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 17 PA
Mike Stanton .429, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 17 PA
Greg Dobbs .350, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 20 PA
Emilio Bonifacio .250, 1 BB, 1 K, 13 PA
Alfredo Amezaga .167, 2 BB, 2 K, 14 PA
Logan Morrison .154, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 14 PA
John Buck .125, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 10 PA
Bryan Petersen .000, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 PA
Chris Volstad .000, 1 K, 5 PA

Capuano vs. Marlins (career: 4-4, 3.55)
Gaby Sanchez .417, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 14 PA
Omar Infante .385, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K, 14 PA
Logan Morrison .333, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 14 PA
Mike Cameron .308, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 19 PA
Emilio Bonifacio .300, 4 K, 10 PA
Mike Stanton .200, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 11 PA
John Buck .000, 1 K, 7 PA
Chris Hatcher .000, 1 K, 2 PA

Batista vs. Marlins (career: 2-4, 3.12)
Emilio Bonifacio 1.000, 1 PA
Mike Stanton .500, 1 BB, 2 K, 5 PA
Omar Infante .500, 2 K, 4 PA
John Buck .500, 4 PA
Greg Dobbs .400, 5 PA
Gaby Sanchez .400, 5 PA
Mike Cameron .267, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 20 PA
Logan Morrison .000, 1 BB, 3 PA
Brett Hayes .000, 1 K, 1 PA
Jose Lopez .000, 1 PA

Carrasco vs. Marlins (career: 0-0, 20.25)
Mike Cameron 1.000, 1 RBI, 2 PA
Gaby Sanchez 1.000, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 PA
Emilio Bonifacio 1.000, 1 PA
Omar Infante .500, 3 RBI, 1 K, 4 PA
John Buck .167, 1 BB, 3 K, 7 PA
Jose Lopez .111, 2 BB, 1 K, 11 PA
Bryan Petersen .000, 1 K, 1 PA

Sanchez vs. Mets (career: 4-4, 4.61 ERA)
Jason Bay .444, 2 RBI, 1 K, 9 PA
David Wright .364, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K, 27 PA
Ruben Tejada .250, 1 RBI, 4 PA
Justin Turner .250, 2 K, 4 PA
Jose Reyes .240, 1 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 30 PA
Angel Pagan .231, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 15 PA
Josh Thole .200, 1 K, 6 PA
Willie Harris .000, 2 BB, 2 K, 7 PA
Lucas Duda .000, 1 K, 1 PA
Jason Pridie 1 PA

Nolasco vs. Mets (career: 5-6, 5.26 ERA)
David Wright .380, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 3 BB, 15 K, 53 PA
Jose Reyes .349, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, 45 PA
Angel Pagan .286, 2 BB, 1 K, 16 PA
Jason Bay .273, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 24 PA
Josh Thole .250, 1 K, 8 PA
Ronny Paulino .200, 3 RBI, 6 PA
Willie Harris .111, 1 BB, 4 K, 10 PA
Nick Evans .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Lucas Duda .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 1 K, 2 PA

Vazquez vs. Mets (career: 10-10, 3.25 ERA)
Ronny Paulino .400, 1 RBI, 3 K, 15 PA
Justin Turner .333, 3 PA
David Wright .267, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 19 PA
Jose Reyes .208, 1 BB, 2 K, 25 PA
Angel Pagan .200, 3 BB, 2 K, 13 PA
Lucas Duda .200, 1 K, 5 PA
Willie Harris .154, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 15 PA
Jason Bay .150, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 21 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Josh Thole 2 BB, 2 PA

Volstad vs. Mets (career: 1-2, 3.51 ERA)
Lucas Duda .667, 3 PA
Justin Turner .500, 1 BB, 3 PA
David Wright .357, 3 RBI, 4 K, 15 PA
Ronny Paulino .333, 3 PA
Jason Bay .250, 1 RBI, 1 K, 4 PA
Jose Reyes .222, 1 K, 9 PA
Angel Pagan .143, 2 RBI, 1 K, 8 PA
Willie Harris .000, 2 BB, 1 K, 10 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 2 K, 3 PA
Josh Thole .000, 1 RBI, 2 PA

Hensley vs. Mets (career: 2-2, 3.63 ERA)
Justin Turner 1.000, 1 BB, 3 PA
Willie Harris .600, 1 BB, 6 PA
Jason Bay .273, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 12 PA
David Wright .235, 3 RBI, 4 K, 17 PA
Jose Reyes .231, 1 RBI, 3 K, 14 PA
Angel Pagan .182, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 12 PA
Josh Thole .000, 1 K, 5 PA
Lucas Duda .000, 1 BB, 3 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 2 PA
Nick Evans .000, 1 K, 1 PA

Last series results

Marlins won, 2-0, at Citi Field, Aug. 1-2 (AP game recaps)

Marlins 7, Mets 3: The Mets have hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning twice in the past two days and lost both games. Mike Stanton hit a grand slam in the 10th inning and the Marlins quickly recovered from Lucas Duda's two-run shot in the ninth. New York nemesis Gaby Sanchez drove in two runs and singled to start the decisive rally. Stanton threw out Jose Reyes at the plate in the fifth, and Florida got seven strong innings from starter Javier Vazquez. In the 10th, the Marlins took advantage of a defensive mistake by Daniel Murphy. Sanchez and Hanley Ramirez singled with one out off Jason Isringhausen (2-1). Dewayne Wise followed with a single and went tearing toward second base, not realizing the runners had held up in front of him. Murphy cut off the throw from right field and had Wise hung up between first and second. But the first baseman got preoccupied with the runner at third and flipped too late to second baseman Justin Turner covering first as Wise scrambled safely back to the bag. The 21-year-old Stanton worked a full count against Isringhausen and hit a screaming shot to left for his second career slam. Duda hit a two-run homer off closer Leo Nunez in the bottom of the ninth, snapping an 0-for-14 skid. The Mets said it was the first time in franchise history they tied consecutive games on two-out homers in the ninth inning or later, citing research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Scott Hairston came through the previous day in Washington, but the Nationals pushed across a run in the bottom half to win 3-2. Nunez (1-2) got out of the inning and Burke Badenhop pitched a perfect 10th. New York fell to 0-9 in the first game of a homestand. New York played its first home game since trading All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran. Third baseman David Wright, who came off the disabled list July 22, was playing at Citi Field for the first time since May 8. Sanchez went 2-for-3 with a walk, giving him a .390 career average against the Mets, the highest of any opposing player with at least 100 at-bats, according to STATS LLC.

Marlins 4, Mets 3: Jason Isringhausen ran into trouble with a leadoff walk and rookie second baseman Justin Turner missed his target, too. By the time the ninth inning was over, the Mets had managed to throw away their fourth straight game. Turner committed a crucial error with one out in the ninth that allowed the Marlins to score two runs and rally past New York. Omar Infante hit a pair of solo shots for Florida, giving him three homers this season, but star shortstop Hanley Ramirez left the game in pain after spraining his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield. Jose Reyes homered and Chris Capuano pitched six effective innings for the Mets, who have lost four straight following a five-game winning streak. The last three defeats have all come in their opponents' final at-bat. New York led 3-2 entering the ninth, but Isringhausen issued a leadoff walk to Logan Morrison. Mike Stanton popped out before Mike Cameron's single put runners at the corners. Isringhausen (2-2) hit John Buck with a pitch, loading the bases, and pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen hit a slow grounder to second base. Turner charged the ball and Buck stopped in the middle of the basepath, so Turner tossed to first. But with Buck in the way, the throw went high and wide past Lucas Duda, handing Florida a lead. Randy Choate walked pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino to start the bottom of the ninth before Leo Nunez came on. Nunez got pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy to ground into a 1-6-3 double play and struck out Jason Pridie for his 31st save in 35 chances. Steve Cishek (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, helping the Marlins (55-55) get back to .500 for the first time since June 12. Ramirez injured his shoulder in the sixth. He was chasing Angel Pagan's pop fly to shallow left when he lunged for the ball at the last minute and hit the ground hard. The ball dropped for a single and Ramirez tumbled over, grabbing his left shoulder as he writhed in pain.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187