Mets(courtesy of mlb.com)
The Mets haven’t been able to catch a break recently.
On Saturday, they trotted out John Maine, who had recorded quality starts in his three previous outings, in hopes that he could break their three-game losing streak, but they got no such luck.
Twelve balls later to open the game, Maine had loaded the bases. For the first ball in play, Jorge Cantu smashed a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who appeared to double Gaby Sanchez off at second base, but the umpire saw it differently. A bases-loaded walk to Dan Uggla and a two-out single by Cameron Maybin helped the Marlins plate three runs in the inning.
Right fielder Jeff Francoeur overthrew second base in the top of the fifth, and the Marlins capitalized again, scoring two runs in the inning en route to a 7-5 victory.
These are the types of breaks the Mets have routinely been getting on the road. Their four road wins is the fewest in the Major Leagues, and they have become the first Mets team to lose its first five road series of at least three or more games since 1991.
The Mets slipped below .500 with the loss for the first time since April 24, and on Sunday, they are going to be counting on Jon Niese to break the streak.
The Mets have also dropped four consecutive games to the Marlins, which drops them to 140-131 against Florida since the Marlins’ inaugural season in 1993.
Jason Bay went 2-for-4 on Saturday, raising his season average to .272. He is also riding a nine-game hitting streak. Over the course of that streak, Bay has batted .371 with seven RBIs.
Jose Reyes, SS
Alex Cora, 2B
Jason Bay, LF
Chris Carter, RF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Angel Pagan, CF
Henry Blanco, C
Jonathon Niese, LHP
-Talk about a Sunday special…dont worry guys, its a gut thing :/
Marlins(courtesy of mlb.com)
As for the Marlins, they are looking to find a replacement for injured catcher John Baker. On Saturday, Brett Hayes got the first start at catcher in his young career. He turned in a 1-for-4 performance with a double and two strikeouts. Ronny Paulino is expected to start Sunday and take the majority of the catching duties with Baker on the disabled list.
“Ronny will be fine,” Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Hayes is fine. I feel comfortable that Hayes will do a good job. Ronny will face some right-handers. Ronny does a good job handling Ricky [Nolasco], so they’ll work together.”
Paulino comes into Sunday’s game with a six-game hitting streak.
Nolasco moved into fourth place on the Marlins’ all-time wins list in his last start by beating the Cubs at Wrigley Field for his 43rd victory.
“Obviously, my goal is to win games,” Nolasco said. “That’s the bottom line — winning games. I wasn’t aware of where I was. I’m aware of my record, but I wasn’t aware of who I was catching. I just try to take it as — I go out there trying to do my job and keep my team in the game. If I get the win on my name, then I do. But as long as the team wins, it all takes care of itself if you do your job. The wins rack up if you’re doing your job.”
Maybin, who had been batting .217 with runners in scoring position, came through twice on Saturday and totaled three RBIs on the day. His two-out single in the bottom of the first off Maine drove in two runs. The three RBIs also matched his career high, previously set on Sept. 26, 2009, also against the Mets.
Cameron Maybin, CF
Gaby Sanchez, 1B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Jorge Cantu, 3B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Ronny Paulino, C
Cody Ross, LF
Brett Carroll, RF
Ricky Nolasco, RHP