9/4/2015 Game Preview: Murphy, Cuddyer out vs. Marlins

The New York Mets (74-59) take on the Miami Marlins (55-79) at Marlins Park in Miami at 7:10 PM. RHP Jacob deGrom (2.32 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 2.90 FIP, 25 starts) Takes on New York native RHP Tom Koehler (4.12 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 4.60 FIP, 25 starts).

Lineups:image
Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  4. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Juan Uribe, 2B (R)
  7. Kelly Johnson, 1B (L)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)

Marlins:

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B (L)
  2. Christian Yelich, CF (L)
  3. Martin Prado, 3B (R)
  4. Justin Bour, 1B (L)
  5. Derek Dietrich, LF (L)
  6. Marcell Ozuna, RF (R)
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C (R)
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria Miguel Rojas, SS (R)
  9. Tom Koehler, P (R)

Daniel Murphy is out of the lineup, due to his left quad injury, and will be out tomorrow as well after receiving a platelet-rich plasma therapy injection, according to Michael Baron. Kelly Johnson replaces at 1st base, with Juan Uribe playing 2nd base.

Michael Cuddyer is unavailable tonight with a wrist issue, and is unable to close his hand, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Presumably, he would have started tonight instead of Uribe. According to Michael Baron, Terry Collins would not comment on Cuddyer’s availability tonight or this weekend.

For the Marlins, Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from the lineup late due to a hamstring issue.

Michael Conforto gets his first career start batting cleanup, and David Wright moves back to the two spot he occupied prior to his injury.

Wilmer Flores is due to be available for tonight’s game. He had traveled to Venezuela to visit his ailing grandfather.

Despite being short Murphy and Cuddyer, the Mets still have a deep bench due to the expanded rosters. Flores, Eric CampbellKevin PlaweckiAnthony ReckerJuan LagaresEric Young Jr., and Kirk Nieuwenhuis are available.

Over three starts this season, the Mets have roughed up Tom Koehler. Koehler has given up 19 hits and 19 runs (18 earned) over only 11 innings pitched over the coursue of three starts. The Mets have batted .365/.459/.577 against him for the season.

Meanwhile, Jacob deGrom has a 1.32 ERA (1.44 FIP) over five career starts against the Miami Marlins with 28 hits, 5 runs, 8 walks, and 42 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched. deGrom has only faced them once this season (he shut them out over 7 innings pitched).

Curtis Granderson has struggled mightily against left handed pitchers this year, but he has been fantastic against right handed pitchers for the season. Against righties, Granderson is batting .286/.386/.520 with 21 doubles, a triple, 22 home runs, and a 13.4% walk rate. That’s good for a wOBA of .388 and a wRC+ of 152 (52% better than league average).

For the Marlins, Derek Dietrich has been a pleasant surprise this season. The left hand hitting IF/OF has batted .280/.369/.566 against right handed pitching, good for a .394 wOBA and 151 wRC+ (in fairly limited playing time). He has seen a good amount of time in left field due to injuries to Christian Yellich and Giancarlo Stanton, plus the minor league exile of Marcell Ozuna. He has 9 home runs in only 168 plate appearences against righties, good for a .287 ISO (SLG – AVG).

Let’s Go Mets!

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