(Sports Network) - Two victories shy of matching a personal best in a season,
Dillon Gee aims to rebound on the mound Sunday for the New York Mets as they
conclude a four-game set with the Miami Marlins.
Gee has been solid in his third full season as a member of the Mets' rotation,
going 11-10 with a 3.61 earned run average in 29 starts. His ERA is on pace to
be his best of that three-year span and he still has a chance at matching the
13 victories he posted in 2011.
The right-hander, though, has alternated wins and losses over his last five
outings and is coming off a 6-3 setback to Washington on Tuesday. He allowed
four runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, just the second time in his last
eight outings he yielded more than two runs.
"Obviously, I wasn't commanding the ball as well as I have been," the 27-year-
old Gee said. "You can't get away with that against these guys. They made me
Gee has faced the Marlins just once this year and escaped with a 7-6 road win
on May 1 after giving up four runs over five innings. He is 2-0 lifetime
versus Miami with a 4.50 ERA in three meetings.
The Marlins counter with 27-year-old Tom Koehler, who is without a victory
since beating the Mets on Aug. 1. He hurled six scoreless frames in a 3-0 win
on that day, but had to work around five hits and five walks while throwing a
season-high 113 pitches.
Koehler, who is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six career meetings (3 starts) versus
the Marlins, has gone 0-4 with a 5.89 ERA in his last seven outings and
yielded four runs on eight hits and three walks over five frames of a 4-3
setback to Atlanta on Tuesday.
The righty is 3-10 with a 4.80 ERA in 26 games (20 starts) this season.
Despite taking two of the first three in this set, the Mets' 3-0 loss in the
opener of Saturday's doubleheader clinched the club's fifth straight losing
campaign. They managed just four hits as Miami's Henderson Alvarez hurled
seven scoreless innings.
New York secured the split of the doubleheader behind Daisuke Matsuzaka, who
tossed seven solid innings for a 3-1 victory, his first win since Aug. 27,
The Mets won for the fourth time in 14 games this month, while the Marlins
have lost seven of their past nine.
Miami does lead the season series 11-7.
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