Series preview: Mets at Marlins
September, 4, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
The Mets face (l to r) Javier Vazquez, Chris Volstad and Clay Hensley during a three-game series in Miami.
Monday: LHP Chris Capuano (10-11, 4.41) vs. RHP Javier Vazquez (8-11, 4.42), 7:10 p.m. ET
Tuesday: RHP Miguel Batista (4-2, 4.33) vs. RHP Chris Volstad (5-12, 5.48), 7:10 p.m. ET
Wednesday: RHP R.A. Dickey (7-11, 3.60) vs. RHP Clay Hensley (2-6, 5.53), 5:10 p.m. ET
Marlins short hops
• Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is facing surgery to address instability in his left shoulder, but should be ready for Opening Day next season. Ramirez was injured at Citi Field on Aug. 2 on an attempted catch.
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Hanley Ramirez requires shoulder surgery and will not return until 2012.
Hanley Ramirez requires shoulder surgery and will not return until 2012.
• Chris Hatcher made his major league debut as a catcher last season … and this season as a pitcher. He became the first player since Art Doll with the 1935-36 Boston Braves to debut in the majors as a catcher and return the next season as a pitcher.
• Right fielder Mike Stanton is day-to-day with right hamstring tightness. Stanton’s 32 homers are tied for second in the National League, trailing only St. Louis’ Albert Pujols (34).
• Philadelphia protested Sunday’s loss to the Marlins when fan interference was ruled on a potential homer by Hunter Pence after a video review. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel contended the fan interference portion of whether the ball was a homer or in play was not reviewable under current rules.
• The Marlins move into a new ballpark in Little Havana next season that includes a retractable roof. They have shared a home with the Miami Dolphins since the baseball team’s inaugural season in 1993.
• Florida hit five homers in a win against the Phillies on Saturday -- two by Mike Cameron as well as by Stanton, Gaby Sanchez and Greg Dobbs. It was the first time a team had hit five homers in a game at Sun Life Stadium since the Braves against Florida on April 17, 2008. Cameron is the lone player in major league history to have multi-homer games with eight different teams.
• Javier Vazquez became the 30th pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts, last week against the Mets.
Capuano vs. Marlins (career: 4-4, 3.55 ERA)
Jose Lopez 1.000, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 PA
Omar Infante .438, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K, 17 PA
Gaby Sanchez .429, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 17 PA
Emilio Bonifacio .308, 5 K, 13 PA
Mike Cameron .267, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 21 PA
Logan Morrison .267, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 17 PA
Mike Stanton .154, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 14 PA
John Buck .000, 3 K, 9 PA
Chris Hatcher .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Batista vs. Marlins (career: 3-4, 3.11)
Emilio Bonifacio .750, 1 RBI, 1 K, 3 PA
Mike Stanton .600, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 8 PA
John Buck .500, 4 PA
Greg Dobbs .429, 1 BB, 1 K, 8 PA
Brett Hayes .333, 1 K, 3 PA
Omar Infante .286, 2 K, 7 PA
Mike Cameron .267, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 4 K, 20 PA
Gaby Sanchez .250, 8 PA
Logan Morrison .250, 2 BB, 6 PA
Bryan Petersen .000, 3 PA
Jose Lopez .000, 1 PA
Dickey vs. Marlins (career: 4-2, 4.62 ERA)
Omar Infante .526, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 21 PA
John Buck .429, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 8 PA
Jose Lopez .375, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 9 PA
Gaby Sanchez .357, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 K, 16 PA
Emilio Bonifacio .286, 1 BB, 2 K, 8 PA
Mike Cameron .250, 4 K, 8 PA
Logan Morrison .222, 1 BB, 4 K, 10 PA
Greg Dobbs .200, 3 K, 10 PA
Brett Hayes .167, 1 K, 6 PA
Alfredo Amezaga .167, 1 RBI, 3 K, 6 PA
Mike Stanton .125, 3 K, 8 PA
Vazquez vs. Mets (career: 11-10, 3.12)
Josh Thole .500, 2 BB, 1 K, 4 PA
Ronny Paulino .400, 1 RBI, 3 K, 15 PA
David Wright .294, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, 22 PA
Jose Reyes .222, 1 BB, 2 K, 28 PA
Justin Turner .167, 6 PA
Angel Pagan .154, 3 BB, 2 K, 16 PA
Willie Harris .154, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 15 PA
Jason Bay .130, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K, 24 PA
Lucas Duda .125, 2 K, 8 PA
Nick Evans .000, 1 K, 3 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Volstad vs. Mets (career: 1-3, 3.40)
Justin Turner .500, 1 BB, 3 PA
Jason Bay .429, 2 RBI, 2 K, 7 PA
David Wright .412, 3 RBI, 4 K, 18 PA
Lucas Duda .400, 1 BB, 6 PA
Nick Evans .333, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Jose Reyes .308, 2 K, 13 PA
Ronny Paulino .250, 4 PA
Angel Pagan .100, 2 RBI, 1 K, 11 PA
Willie Harris .000, 2 BB, 1 K, 11 PA
Ruben Tejada .000, 3 K, 7 PA
Josh Thole .000, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 PA
Hensley vs. Mets (career: 2-3, 3.93)
Justin Turner 1.000, 1 BB, 3 PA
Willie Harris .600, 1 BB, 6 PA
Ruben Tejada .333, 4 PA
Jose Reyes .267, 1 RBI, 3 K, 16 PA
Jason Bay .250, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 13 PA
David Wright .235, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, 18 PA
Angel Pagan .167, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 13 PA
Josh Thole .000, 1 K, 5 PA
Lucas Duda .000, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 5 PA
Nick Evans .000, 2 K, 2 PA
Mike Nickeas .000, 1 PA
Last series results
Mets won, 4-1, at Citi Field, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 (AP game recaps)
Mets 2, Marlins 1
Mets 5, Marlins 1: Dillon Gee rebounded from a wretched start and the Mets, back on the field following a two-day break because of Hurricane Irene, completed a doubleheader sweep. R.A. Dickey shut down the sluggish Marlins in the opener, pitching seven spotless innings for his first win in more than a month. Mets starters had tossed 21 consecutive scoreless innings before Gee (12-5) gave up a home run to Greg Dobbs in the sixth. Jose Reyes scored a run and committed an error in his return from the disabled list in Game 2. In the nightcap, Ruben Tejada tripled off Ricky Nolasco (9-10) to set up the first run and scored twice. David Wright drove in two and the Mets got two-out RBI singles from Angel Pagan and Willie Harris in the sixth. Gee went six innings, allowing six hits while striking out six and walking two. It was quite a turnaround from his previous outing, when the normally poised rookie gave up a career-high eight runs, seven hits and six walks in 3 2/3 innings of a 10-0 rout at Philadelphia. Manny Acosta struck out all three batters in the eighth just as Jason Isringhausen did in the first game. Bobby Parnell, who earned his second save in the opener, finished up. Turner had a run-scoring single in the opener and Josh Thole hustled his way to an RBI. Parnell gave up a homer to New York nemesis Gaby Sanchez in the ninth. Dickey (6-11) lost power at his Long Island home during the storm, but was steady on the mound all afternoon. Floating a few 60 mph knuckleballs at the Marlins, he scattered seven hits and walked one while striking out six in his first win since July 25. Florida opened the seventh with consecutive singles, but Dickey picked off Mike Cameron at second with an unorthodox move and then worked his way out of the inning. It was Dickey's seventh consecutive quality start, the best such streak of his career. Hampered by a lack of offensive support, however, he was 0-3 in his previous five outings. Lucas Duda had three hits for the Mets, who won for the first time in five home games against Florida this year.
Marlins 6, Mets 0: Javier Vazquez allowed only three singles in seven sharp innings for his first win in more than a month and the Marlins broke out of their funk with a five-run seventh. The game was scoreless in the seventh when the Mets left first base unmanned on Vazquez's bunt, allowing Florida to load the bases with nobody out. Second baseman Justin Turner signaled for a pickoff try but Mike Pelfrey went to the plate instead, leaving Turner in no man's land on a wheel play. Emilio Bonifacio's single put the Marlins ahead and Greg Dobbs drove in a run with a groundout. Logan Morrison hit a two-run single off lefty Tim Byrdak, and Gaby Sanchez added an RBI single. That was more than enough for Vazquez, who became the 30th major league pitcher to reach 2,500 career strikeouts when he fanned Lucas Duda to end the sixth. After the game, Vazquez was handed a 2004 bottle of Italian wine by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. As for Pelfrey, he fell to 0-8 in 16 starts against the Marlins since beating them in his major league debut on July 8, 2006.
Mets 3, Marlins 2: Jason Bay hit the tying single off the pitcher’s foot and the Mets rallied to beat the Marlins. Lucas Duda hit the tiebreaking single in the seventh, an inning after Bay's hit bounced off Chris Volstad and scooted into center field. David Wright hit two long doubles high off the wall in left field. The third baseman also made a diving stop on Omar Infante's hot grounder for the second out of the ninth before Bobby Parnell got his third save in five chances. Jose Reyes kicked off the Mets' seventh with a single up the middle that squirted between shortstop Emilio Bonifacio and second baseman Omar Infante when both pulled up to avoid a collision. He moved to second on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice and scored easily when Duda hit a full-count pitch from Mike Dunn up the middle. Manny Acosta (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning of relief as New York dug deep into its bullpen on the last day before rosters expand in September. Starter Chris Capuano barely made it through five innings, and the Mets used Pedro Beato, Acosta and Jason Isringhausen before Parnell. Tejada went far to his right to snag a grounder by Mike Stanton and threw him out to end the game. Volstad pitched 6 1/3 innings, was charged with two earned runs and struck out four. Bay was thrown out at the plate on Josh Thole's grounder to first in the eighth. Although John Buck dropped the throw from Gaby Sanchez, Bay's slide was short and behind the plate, and he wound up behind the catcher. Buck bobbled the ball, but eventually picked it up and tagged Bay out in the back as he tried to scramble back to touch home.
Mets 7, Marlins 5: Miguel Batista pitched six serviceable innings to earn his 100th win, David Wright hit a two-run single in a four-run third against the bumbling Marlins and the Mets hung on. Making his first start since April 22 for St. Louis, the 40-year-old Batista scattered six hits while becoming the third active pitcher to play for at least 10 teams. Filling in for injured Jon Niese, Batista induced two double-play grounders in helping New York take four of five in the series. Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and three RBIs for Florida, including a two-run single during a three-run ninth. But the Marlins committed three errors in losing for the 20th time in 25 games. Lucas Duda drove in two runs and Ruben Tejada was hit twice by pitches, scoring both times for New York, which was outhit 10-6. The Mets added what became three important runs in the eighth, helped in part by a throwing error. D.J. Carrasco gave up a two-out, two-run single to Bonifacio in the ninth and left with a runner on first. Bobby Parnell relieved and pinch-hitter John Buck hit an RBI double. Parnell then got Greg Dobbs to pop out to second base for his fourth save. Batista (4-2) improved his career record to 100-112. The win was his first as a starter since July 27, 2010, for the Nationals against Montreal.
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