The Miami Marlins are 5-5 since the All-Star break, but have won five of their previous seven games. This is all after they got shutout in Milwaukee to start the second half. Despite the five wins, the Marlins have scored only 22 runs in those seven games. This is despite Giancarlo Stanton‘s bat finally starting to heat up again.
The reason for the success for the Fish has been their starting pitching. The starting staff has had quality starts in eight of their previous nine starts. Jacob Turner will look to continue that trend, against a team the Marlins have owned in 2013. The Fish are 8-4 against the Mets this season, including the last five in a row.
The Mets will try to change their fortune against the Mets with Jeremy Hefner on the bump. His 4.17 ERA does not inspire much confidence, but he does own a 2.22 ERA in 28 1/3 career innings against the Fish.
Jul 24, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner (53) heads to the dugout after being relieved during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
|4.17||Earned Run Averages (ERA)||2.49|
|4.53||Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)||3.32|
|Career vs. opponent|
|2.22||Earned Run Average||1.83|
Jul 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner (left) talks with catcherJeff Mathis
(right) on the pitching mound during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Bold Prediction: Behind a strong outing from Jacob Turner, the Marlins continue their dominance of the Mets. Turner hurls seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and racks up six strikeouts. Stanton picks up three more hits, including his 13th home run of the season, his second in two days. Marlins win 6-3!