Yankees vs Mets: Matt Harvey Takes The Hill, Ike Davis Batting Eighth

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Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada – SS
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Lucas Duda – LF
  5. Marlon Byrd – RF
  6. Rick Ankiel – CF
  7. John Buck – C
  8. Ike Davis – 1B
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Subway Series Notes

Terry Collins told reporters today at Citi Field that he is unlikely to use Bobby Parnell tonight. Collins said, “after the game last night, I thought he might need a day. He’s iffy at best.” Relievers Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins or Scott Rice would be used in a save situation in Parnell’s place.

The New York Mets’ last five wins have all come in their final at-bat. This marks the second time in team history that’s occurred. The Mets also had five straight home wins in their final at-bat from May 13-June 2, 1989. Overall, New York has seven last at-bat wins, tied for the sixth-most in the majors this year.

In each of the Mets last 11 wins, the opposing team has had at least one plate appearance in the ninth inning or later in which the tying or go-ahead run was at the plate or on-deck. The Mets rallied for their 10th come-from-behind win last night.

New York is 4-1 this year in Interleague play. The Mets were 8-7 vs. the AL last season. The Mets are 139-128 all time in Interleague play. The 139 wins are the fourth-most among NL clubs. David Wright has 95 career Interleague RBI, the most in team history. The 95 Interleague RBI are the fifth-most among any major leaguer since 2005, the first season Wright played an Interleague game.

Matt Harvey is fifth in the majors with a 1.93 ERA and tied for fourth in the NL with 74 strikeouts. He leads the majors with a 0.83 WHIP, a .169 opponents batting average against and 5.27 hits per nine innings. Harvey made his major league debut on July 26, 2012 at Arizona. Since that time, he ranks fourth in the majors with a 2.30 ERA (33 earned runs/129.1 innings). He is sixth in the NL with 144 strikeouts.

Daniel Murphy has at least one hit in 12 of his last 15 games, batting .390 (23-59) with two home runs and nine RBI over that clip. Murphy is hitting .571 (8-14) with runners in scoring position and two outs, the third-best mark in the majors.

Bobby Parnell converted his sixth straight save chance last night. Parnell is 3-1 with six saves in May and has been unscored upon in 11 of his 12 games this month.

The Mets have guaranteed themselves at least a split in this series, ending a streak of five straight series losses to the Yankees. The last series the Mets won was May 21-23, 2010 at Citi Field. Since 2009, the Mets are 0-3-1 in season series vs. the Yankees. The last time the Mets won the season series vs. the Yankees was in 2008 (4-2). The Mets are 2-8-6 in all-time season
series against the Yankees.

David Wright’s home run was his ninth against the Yankees, the most by a Mets player against their crosstown rival. Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza each had eight. Wright’s home run, his second hit last night, gave him 52 career hits vs. the Yankees, the most by any Mets player. Jose Reyes held the old mark with 51 hits.

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The Empire State Building was lit up in Mets’ Orange and Blue last night after the Mets win. Each evening during the Subway Series, at the conclusion of each game, the building will sparkle the winning team’s colors for 30 minutes to celebrate their victory. On Thursday, May 30, the building will serve as a live scoreboard by shining in the leading team’s colors at the end of each inning.

Game Preview

The Mets look to make it three in a row today, split the overall series with the Yankees and sweep the 2 game home section of the series today, all on Matt Harvey Day! For a second straight game last night, the Mets had excellent starting pitching, but the offense left the starter hanging in no decision land. Last night David Wright hit a bomb so a great Niese wouldn’t get the loss and a clutch Murphy brought in the winning run (followed by the Mets leaving the bases loaded). Tonight Matt Harvey will take the mound against Hiroki Kuroda.

Matt Harvey is 5-0 this season with a 1.93 ERA over 10 games and 70.0 innings of work. His last start was the worst of the season where he allowed 4 ER over 6.1 innings, meaning it was a normal start for the rest of the rotation. In the month of May he has a 2.43 ERA over 29.2 innings of work. This is Harvey’s first subway series game and the first time facing anyone on the Yankees roster.

Hiroki Kuroda makes the start for Bronx Bombers tonight. He is 6-3 on the season over 10 starts and 60.2 innings with a 2.67 ERA. The Yankees’ ace is also coming off of his worst start of the season where he allowed 5 ER over 2 innings of work. This occurred after his second best start of the season where he allowed no runs over 8.0 innings. Last year he faced the Mets once allowing 1 hit and no runs over 7 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Hiroki:

Wright 6-17
Murphy 2-11, 2 2B
Ankiel 2-11
Davis 2-9, 2B, HR
Byrd 3-6, 3B
Duda 2-5, 2B
Tejada 1-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

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