Marlins Trounce Mets 8-1
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 11:25
"He seemed dominant" in the first inning, Miami manager Don Mattingly said of Wheeler, "and then we were able to start putting some hits together".
For the second straight night, a Mets pitcher struggled with command on the mound as Gsellman, who was moved up a day from his original start because of Noah Syndergaard's blister, gave up one run in each of the first three innings.
Fantasy didn't translate into reality. "I wanted to come out here and dominate today, just sort of put my foot down that I'm back and I belong here". Five innings, one hit, three walks, six strikeouts. That's the name of the game with the 26-year-old - he's got strikeout stuff, but the walks and hits limit his appeal.
According to the Marlins broadcast, Chen was using one of Dee Gordon's bats. "OK, you made some mistakes and he got hurt by them, but you're going to in this league". Past year for the Marlins, batting regularly for the first time since 2011, he went 0 for 44. That's right, before Wheeler went down just before the 2015 season began, Wheeler had been pitching poorly at home.
He had gone 924 days between starts, losing at Washington on September 25, 2014, in his previous big league outing.
The two combined for four RBIs on five hits as the Marlins consistently took it to Mets pitching tonight, piling up 13 hits and effectively routing the Mets by a final score of 8-1. But after surrendering one run in each of the first three innings, Gsellman settled in, worked a total of five innings and left on a positive note. Amped up for his return, he reached 95-98 miles per hour on the radar readings in the first two innings, then dropped to 93-94 miles per hour in the third. "I think it will happen".
"I've just got to iron out some things", he said. He threw 86 pitches. Starter Robert Gsellman didn't help the cause, allowing three runs on six hits over five innings in an underwhelming first start of 2017.
Working on the first base edge of the pitching rubber, Wheeler worked a 1-2-3 first and retired Giancarlo Stanton leading off the second on a deep fly to left into a 22 miles per hour wind. Marcell Ozuna and Dietrich added RBI singles in the fifth against Josh Smoker. Adeiny Hechavarria followed with an RBI groundout. "My sinker was side to side instead of sinking down and that led to a couple hits and a couple runs early in the game".
"He needed to get back out there", Collins said, "and get in the flow and see what it's like".
"Now I'm looking for my pitch", Ozuna said. "He will be fine".
Mets reliever Paul Sewald, with his parents and fiancee expected in the stands, gave up singles to his first three batters in his major league debut and was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning. That means it will snap an 0-for-51 start to Chen's career, which more than doubled the next closest hitter on the list (Jose Quintana, 0-for-24).
"I think I was more happy about the hit than the win", Chen said through a translator.
With only a few hundred fans remaining, Yoenis Cespedes hit his first home run of the season in the eighth, a drive to left off Nick Wittgren. But more injuries to their rotation - left-hander Steven Matz and right-hander Seth Lugo are both on the 10-day disabled list with elbow injuries - and Wheeler's impressive performance (he was regularly clocked at 97 mph) gave NY no choice but to bring him north. The clear a roster spot, the Mets designated infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly for assignment.