Phillies at Mets
Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86) vs. Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35)
- Eric Young Jr., LF
- Daniel Murphy, 2B
- David Wright, 3B
- Marlon Byrd, RF
- Josh Satin, 1B
- John Buck, C
- Juan Lagares, CF
- Omar Quintanilla, SS
- Matt Harvey, RHP
It’s Dwight Gooden Bobblehead Day!
Harvey’s first start of the second half will be his 30th major league appearance. Harvey enters with a 2.47 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) in 189 1/3 innings. Terry Collins has said Harvey should get 14 second-half starts. He likely has about 90 innings remaining before reaching his innings cap.
Through the first six starts of his major league career, it’s become common for Zack Wheeler to battle hitters to 3-2 counts, ultimately running his pitch count near 100 in the middle innings. His starts tend to be short. Wheeler tossed 106 pitches over 4 2/3 innings — he couldn’t get his fastball over the plate the way he wanted. On the season, Wheeler is averaging 101 pitches per outing, but averaging less than six innings.
Gonzalez Germen was credited with a win Saturday after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning of the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Phillies. Germen came in after Zack Wheeler departed and struck out Delmon Young to end the frame with the Mets still ahead, 3-2. Germen has inherited the bases loaded twice this year, and he’s stranded the runners both times.
Marlon Byrd had an RBI single last night and now has 55 RBIs on the year, including four in the first two games after the All-Star break. Quietly, Byrd and Wright have turned into a formidable duo in the middle of the Mets’ lineup, combining for 30 homers and 92 RBIs.
Chase Utley has two home runs and six RBIs in the first two games of the series.
Cesar Puello went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as Binghamton beat New Britain, 10-2. Jenrry Mejia, in his second Double-A start since returning from a forearm injury, allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight in six innings.
Happy Harvey Day!
The Mets and Phillies play the rubber game this afternoon with the Mets looking to build off yesterday’s win. After dropping the first game of the series by 13-8, the Mets were able to squeak by with 5-4 victory. Today Matt Harvey gets the nod for the Amazin’s as he squares off against Cliff Lee.
Matt Harvey is 7-2 this season with a 2.35 ERA over 130.0 innings so far while striking out a league leading 147 batters. He has made two starts against the Phillies this year where he has pitched 13.0 innings allowing one earned run and striking out 15 batters. When you break down the starts, he allowed on run over 7 and in his last start he pitched 6 masterful innings that were interrupted by a rain delay. The Phillies have the following numbers against Harvey:
Rollins 3-11, 2 2B, HR
Utley 3-11, 2B
Nix 1-5, 2B
Cliff Lee is 10-3 this season with a 2.86 ERA over 19 starts and 138.2 innings while striking out 125 batters. In his two starts before the All-Star Break he allowed 8 earned runs over 13.1 innings while striking out 10. In one start against the Mets this year he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 8.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Lee:
Buck 16-52, 3 2B, 4 HR
Byrd 8-25, 3 2B
Wright 6-25, 2B
Murphy 8-23, 4 2B
Lets Go Mets!