Game Preview: Harvey’s Gonna Rock This Town, Young and Lagares At Top Of Order

An article by posted on August 7, 2013

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ROCKIES AT METS

RHP Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Ike Davis, 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

Today’s Mets Video

Who remembers this one from Shea Stadium when Hubie Brooks was the future of third base?

Game Notes

  • RHP Bobby Parnell (herniated disc in neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to July 31. Parnell last pitched on July 30, when he earned the save in the Mets’ 4-2, 10-inning win over the Marlins, before he began suffering from what he believed to be a stiff neck. Parnell saw a doctor last Friday and was prescribed medication, but a follow-up visit on Monday revealed the herniated disc. Parnell also had an epidural on Monday. The timetable for his return is up in the air. Manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Parnell could conceivably return when eligible on Aug. 15, but general manager Sandy Alderson said later that surgery could be an option for Parnell if the epidural doesn’t work. Parnell is 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA and 22 saves this season for the Mets.
  • RHP Matt Harvey will look to bounce back from a rare subpar start—by his standards, anyway—when he takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field. In his most recent start last Thursday, Harvey took the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins, 3-0. The Marlins have been the lone team to consistently give Harvey trouble during his breakout campaign. He is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in four starts against Miami and 8-2 with a 1.97 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 18 starts against everyone else. Harvey entered Tuesday leading the National League in strikeouts (172) and ranking in the top five in ERA (second at 2.21), WHIP (second at 0.88), strikeout-to-walk ratio (second at 5.93) and innings pitched (third with 150 2/3). Harvey will be making his second career appearance against the Rockies. He didn’t factor into the decision on Aug. 22, 2012, when he allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine over six innings in the Mets’ 5-1 loss.
  • 3B Wilmer Flores was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. Flores was immediately placed in the starting lineup and went 0-for-4 with an error in the Mets’ 3-2 win. It was a particularly momentous day for Flores, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Tuesday. In addition, Tuesday also marked the sixth anniversary of the Mets signing him as a minor league free agent out of Venezuela. Flores is expected to start at third base while David Wright is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. At the time of his recall, Flores was hitting .321 with 15 homers and a Pacific Coast Leading-86 RBIs for Las Vegas.
  • LHP Jonathon Niese (partially torn left rotator cuff) made what is scheduled to be his final rehab start on Tuesday night, when he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings for Double-A Binghamton. Niese is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three rehab starts between Binghamton, the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets and Class A St. Lucie. As long as Niese reports no problems following Tuesday’s start, he is expected to be activated on Sunday, when he would start the finale of the Mets’ three-game series at Arizona. Once Niese returns, the Mets will once again employ a six-man rotation in order to limit the innings for young stars Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. Niese was placed on the disabled list June 21 after exiting his start the previous night with a sore left shoulder. He is 3-6 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 starts for the Mets this season.
  • CF Juan Lagares continued his impressive second half Tuesday, when he went 2-for-4 with all three Mets RBIs in a 3-2 win over the Rockies. Lagares had a two-run triple in the first inning and delivered the tie-breaking infield single in the eighth that scored Eric Young from second base with two outs. Lagares is hitting .348 (23-for-66) with 12 RBIs and eight multi-hit games since the All-Star break, a stretch in which he’s lifted his overall average from .234 to .271.
  • RHP LaTroy Hawkins recorded his first save of the season Tuesday, when he allowed a pair of two-out singles by the Rockies before retiring Yorvit Torrealba on a liner to first base to preserve the Mets’ 3-2 win. The save was the 89th of Hawkins’ career and his first since May 6, 2012, when he was with the Angels. Hawkins got the save hours after the Mets placed closer Bobby Parnell on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his neck. Mets manager Terry Collins said both before and after the game that he would employ a closer-by-committee with Parnell out and that he would prefer to keep Hawkins in the eighth inning, where he has thrived since just before the All-Star break. He had seven holds—all in the eighth inning—in his last 10 appearances prior to Tuesday.

Game Preview

The Mets and Rockies play the second game of the series tonight as the Mets look to make it two in a row. Last night the Mets got a quick 2-0 lead which the Rockies eventually tied. Thanks to some amazing defense from Eric Young and a late run, the Mets were able to finish on top 3-2 in Flores’ debut (0-4 at the plate). Tonight, Matt Harvey (Happy Harvey Day) against Jhoulys Chacin.

Matt Harvey is 8-3 over 22 games and more importantly right now, 150.2 innings of work, with a 2.21 ERA. He still is leading the league at strikeouts wit 172. Harvey was cruising through the first 5.0 innings but allowed 3 ER in his last inning of work that day. In his one start against the Rockies he allowed 1 ER over 6 innings of work. The Rockies have the following numbers against Harvey:

Blackmon 0-3
Gonzalez 0-3
Herrera 1-3
Fowler 1-2
Rosario 0-1

Jhoulys Chacin is 10-5 with a 3.40 ERA over 21 starts and 135.0 innings this year. After two near identical starts of allowing 3 ER over 7 innings, he had a spectacular start last time out allowing 1 ER over 8 innings of work. Last year he made one start against the Mets allowing 1 ER over 6 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Chacin:

Byrd 1-6
Davis 3-6
Buck 0-3
Murphy 0-4
Baxter 0-3

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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