Miami Marlins (54-91)-New York Mets (64-81)
HAND: A September callup, Hand makes his first big league start since Aug. 3, 2012. At Triple-A New Orleans this year, he was 3-5 (3.42) in 15 starts. Hand last threw three innings of relief for Miami in Monday's loss to Atlanta.NIESE: Niese gave up five runs (four earned) in the first inning of his start Saturday in Cleveland. In the second, he served up a solo shot to Nick Swisher, but went on to throw four scoreless afterward. In six frames, he had two walks and five strikeouts.
ALVAREZ: Only a rain-shortened 1 2/3 inning start at Washington on Aug. 28 was shorter than the four innings Alvarez threw in Monday's loss to the Braves. Alvarez's night was over after giving up five runs in the fourth.MATSUZAKA: Matsuzaka gave the Mets his best outing since joining them in his last start against Cleveland, a familiar AL opponent. The former Boston pitcher allowed just one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings. He allowed 15 runs in his previous three starts.
TURNER: In his first 17 starts, Turner had not thrown less than five full innings. But in his last outing, a loss to Washington, he worked four-plus innings, giving up five runs. He's walked 19 in his last five starts.TORRES: Torres had given the Mets two solid outings since replacing Matt Harvey in the rotation. But in his last start against the Nationals, he allowed six runs on five hits. Four of them were home runs as the right-hander struggled with his command.
KOEHLER: Koehler has dropped four straight decisions since beating the Mets on Aug. 1, a span of seven starts. The right-hander lost a start at Philadelphia on June 3, giving up five runs (four earned) in five innings._________________________________________________GEE: Gee struggled against Washington, allowing four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He didn't have his usual precise command, and it cost him as he allowed a couple of home runs. Besides Matt Harvey, Gee's been the Mets' most dependable starter.
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