The New York Mets are having trouble scoring during a three-game slide.
The Miami Marlins’ inability to score throughout this season led to frustration for hitting coach Tino Martinez and paved the way for his departure.
The Marlins look to move forward after the resignation of Martinez as they open a four-game home set with the Mets on Monday night.
New York (46-56) seeks to avoid its first four-game slide since May 31-June 4. The Mets have posted their worst three-game output of 2013 by scoring single runs in every game of the skid.
Miami (40-63) is last in the majors in runs per game (3.2), batting average (.232) and slugging percentage (.337).
Martinez resigned as hitting coach after Sunday’s 3-2 win over Pittsburgh, hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public. He said he became frustrated as players struggled.
Owner Jeffrey Loria wanted him to stay on after Martinez offered to resign earlier. When the complaints by players became public, Martinez decided it was time to leave despite being in the first year of a three-year deal.
“I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior,” Martinez said. “I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn’t feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me.”
The injury-plagued seasons of Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison certainly didn’t work in Martinez’s favor. Monday could mark the first time both are in the lineup against New York this season.
The Mets aren’t far off from the Marlins’ woeful average with a .237 mark of their own. New York went 3 for 22 with runners in scoring position in losing the final three games of a four-game weekend set in Washington.
Miami has won eight of 11 meetings this season, including five of six at home. The Marlins have won five straight in this series, and are 16-8 at home since a three-game sweep of the Mets from May 31-June 2.
Stanton had a solo homer and rookie sensation Jose Fernandez struck out a season-high 13 in Sunday’s victory.
New York could have trouble against Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four home starts. Turner pitched seven scoreless innings to earn a 5-1 win over the Mets on May 31, lowering his ERA to 1.83 in three starts versus them.
The right-hander could be hard-pressed for support, however, since Miami has given him none in his last two outings - losses in which he has yielded four runs over 11 innings.
The Marlins haven’t done much in winning both times when they have faced Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17), who starts Monday. Hefner is 0-2 despite a 1.93 ERA.
Stanton is 1 for 10 against the right-hander, who has been pounded while giving up 14 runs over 6 1-3 innings in dropping consecutive starts.
Mets star David Wright will return to the lineup after he was rested in Sunday’s 14-1 loss. He’s 1 for 17 in New York’s five losses in Miami.