Mets (37-48) vs Giants (40-47)
Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.27) vs Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66)
- Eric Young, Jr. – LF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- David Wright – 3B
- Ike Davis – 1B
- Marlon Byrd – RF
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
- John Buck – C
- Omar Quintanilla – SS
- Matt Harvey – RHP
Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles after a two-day absence from the lineup and Jeremy Hefner took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning as the Mets beat the Brewers, 2-1, in Sunday’s rubber game. Collins said Satin is not in a platoon with Ike Davis, but that Satin could play somewhere when the Mets face left-hander Barry Zito on Tuesday.
Matt Harvey will have the chance to pitch in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy, who will ultimately make the decision as to whether Harvey starts the All-Star Game. Bochy said Sunday he has a good idea of who he’s going to pick, but the candidates’ next couple of outings could “slightly” influence the decision.
Josh Edgin has posted a 0.79 ERA and a 0.971 WHIP since was recalled from the minors on June 9. In 14 appearances he has allowed only one of 13 inherited runners to score, and he has limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average against.
Tim Lincecum had two solid starts against the Mets last season. He went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. It continued a run of strong starts against New York. In his career, Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA against the Mets.
Shaun Marcum boarded a plane bound for St. Louis to be examined for numbness and tingling in his cold right hand. He will be visiting with the same specialist who diagnosed Dillon Gee with a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder and a blood clot. Ultimately it led to season ending surgery for Gee. For now, the plan is to use a four man rotation up to the All Star Break, and if Marcum ends up missing any significant time, Carlos Torres would be the primary replacement.
Jon Niese was to have an MRI on his left shoulder today, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. This will be his second followup MRI and the Mets are hoping to see some improvement in his partially torn rotator cuff. They are obviously hoping to avoid surgery that would wipe out the rest of this season for Niese and probably a good chunk of 2014 as well. The hope is that this tear can heal and repair itself on it’s own.
Happy Harvey Day!
The Mets travel to San Francisco tonight to take on the Giants (I guess that’s not really surprising. A surprise would be the Mets travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors, which I’d also pay to see). Anyway starting for the Mets today is new anointed All-Star Matt Harvey who is looking to rebound from his worst start in his career where he allowed 5 ER.
On the season Matt is 7-2 with a 2.27 ERA while pitching 123.0 innings and a league leading 141 strikeouts. He faced the Giants last year where he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned while walking 3 and striking out 7. The Giants have the following numbers against him:
Scutaro 1-2, 2B
Usually I leave pitchers off of the batting stats list but thanks to fate, Harvey will be facing off against Lincecum again! Tim is 4-9 over 17 games this year with a 4.66 ERA. In his last 23.2 innings, 4 games, he has pitched with a 4.56 ERA, so fairly consistent with his season numbers. Last year he was very good against the Mets pitching 12.0 innings in two starts allowing only 2 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Tim:
Omar 5-14, 2B
Murphy 5-14, 2 2B
Lets Go Mets!