Hamels Vs. Harvey: A Glimpse At Future Pitching Duels Between Bitter Rivals

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 • 7:10 PM

Citi Field • Flushing, NY

LHP Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)

Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada, ss
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, rf
  5. Ike Davis, 1b
  6. Kelly Shoppach, c
  7. Lucas Duda, lf
  8. Andres Torres, cf
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Mets Notes

Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 4.99 ERA), who was supposed start on Wednesday, will now start Thursday’s makeup game. It’s Hefner’s 11th start but first since Sept. 8, when the rookie right-hander gave up five runs on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings in an 11-3 loss to the Braves.

David Wright is seven hits shy of passing Ed Kranepool for most in Mets history. Derek Jeter, Todd Helton and Michael Young are the only three active players to lead their franchise in hits.

Daniel Murphy Is hitting .380 (19-50) with four doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in September. His .380 average is the second-best in the NL this month. Murphy is one double shy of tying his career-high (38) in 2010.

New York has scored three runs or fewer in its last 14 home games, a franchise record.

Phillies outfielder John Mayberry is hitting .333 (35-for-105) with six doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs over his last 28 games.

Game Preview

As of 5:28 AM, it looks like Matt Harvey will make the start tonight, with Hefner making the start in the make up game tomorrow. It hasn’t been announced yet who is making the start for the Phillies, so I’m going to assume right now that it is Tyler Cloyd.

The Mets and Phillies play again tonight as Matt Harvey makes his final start of the season. Harvey is 3-5 over 9 games this year while pitching 52.1 innings posting a 2.92 ERA. His last start this season will also be the first time that he faces a team that he has already faced. Against the Phillies earlier this season he pitched 6.1 innings allowing 2 ER and striking out 2. In his last six games he has pitched 36.0 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 40 strikeouts. The Phillies have the following numbers on Matt:

Howard 0-2
Kratz 0-3
Mayberry 0-3
Nix 1-3, 2B
Pierre 2-3
Rollins 1-3, 2B

Tyler Cloyd makes the start for the Phillies tonight. On the season, Tyer is 1-1 over 4 starts and a 4.95 ERA while pitching 20 innings striking out 20 batters. His major league debut was against the Mets as he allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work on his way to a loss. In his last two starts he has allowed 4 ER in 4 innings and 3 ER in 3 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Tejada 0-4
Davis 2-3
Duda 1-3, HR
Hairston 1-2, 2B
Murphy 1-2
Harvey 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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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! You can follow me on twitter @213mfs