Miami Marlins at New York Mets
- The Marlins and Mets have split their 10 matchups this season, with the winning team winning by a shutout in five out of the 10 games. The five combined shutouts are the most in any series this season.
- The Marlins were defeated by the Diamondbacks 4-3 in extra-innings in their last game, their 14th extra-inning game of the season, most in the NL. However, the Marlins are only 5-9 (.357) in those games, the third-worst record in the NL in extra-innings.
- Giancarlo Stanton has hit just .171 in the month of July with no home runs or extra base hits. However, Stanton needs just one home run to pass Miguel Cabrera for fourth place on the all-time Marlins home run list.
- Since being called back up from the minors on June 24, Travis d'Arnaud has hit .296 and slugged .537 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 14 games. In his previous 39 games this season, d'Arnaud had hit just .180 with three home runs and nine RBI.
- Although he is only 1-0 in four career starts against the Marlins, Zack Wheeler has a 0.96 ERA and .133 opponent batting average against Miami in those starts. In his last start against the Marlins on June 19, Wheeler pitched his first career shutout, allowing just three hits over nine innings.
- Henderson Alvarez is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in six career starts against the New York Mets. In addition, Alvarez has pitched 18.1 straight innings against the Mets without allowing a run, the longest active streak by a starter against any opponent.
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By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- David Wright has been on quite a tear despite his recent injury and had his best performance of the season in the opener of this three-game home series against Miami.
Considering how he's pounded Marlins pitching this season, that effort shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Wright looks to help the New York Mets win for the sixth time in seven games as the teams meet again Saturday.
The Mets' captain has batted .385 over his last 17, increasing his average 23 points to .285 after an inconsistent start to the first half.
Wright went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 7-1 victory and has posted a .452 average with two homers, six doubles and nine RBIs while recording at least one hit in 10 of 11 games against the Marlins. He hasn't seemed to feel the effects of a bruised rotator cuff that kept him out seven contests from June 27-July 4.
"He's swinging the bat well," manager Terry Collins said. "His bat is much quicker and he feels better. This is the kind of guy who can carry you if he gets hot, and we need him to get hot. As we head into the second half, his presence in that lineup is really important for us."
Lucas Duda added a two-run homer Friday for the Mets (43-50), who have outscored opponents 32-15 over the last six.
They've won three straight meetings with the Marlins and Wright is 4 for 9 with two doubles this season off Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA), who will look to bounce back with another successful start against New York.
Koehler went 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his previous three outings before having his worst outing of the year Monday, allowing seven runs in three innings of a 9-1 loss to Arizona.
It was the shortest start of the right-hander's career.
"There is no excuse for pitching that way," Koehler said. "I feel that I was throwing the ball really well over the last three starts or so. It's just a bump in the road and you've got to move on."
Koehler should be looking forward to another matchup with the Mets, as he's gone 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA in his last five against them. He's faced New York three times this season, giving up two runs and striking out 13 in 15 innings over the last two.
The Bronx native will look to help the Marlins (44-48) avoid a fourth loss in five games after they struggled offensively again. Miami has scored seven runs in its last four, with All-Star Giancarlo Stanton going 1 for 14.
Christian Yelich's RBI single in the fifth accounted for the Marlins' only run Friday. Miami will look to start producing against Daisuke Matsuzaka as he seeks a second straight solid start.
After posting a 6.06 ERA while losing his prior three outings, Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) gave up six hits in seven scoreless innings of New York's 4-3, 11-inning win over Atlanta on Monday.
The right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts this season. He's 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, the most recent a 3-2 loss in which he allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings June 20.
Updated July 12, 2014