Mets vs Marlins Preview: Harvey On The Hill Looking To Avoid A Sweep By Miami

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New York Mets at Miami Marlins

Matt Harvey Harvey (5-0, 1.85 ERA) vs Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3,59)

First Pitch at 1:10 PM at Marlins Park

Starting Lineup

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

Game Notes

The Mets have dropped two straight after their five game winning streak. New York is 5-5 in its last 10 games and have scored three runs or fewer in 10 of their last 15 games, batting .218 during that span with a 7-8 record. The Mets have a .226 team batting average ranking 29th in the majors.

Matt Harvey is fourth in the majors with a 1.85 ERA and tied for third in the NL with 84 strikeouts. He leads the majors with a 0.82 WHIP, a .172 opponents batting average against and
5.4 hits per nine innings. Harvey has one decision is his last seven starts dating back to April 24. During that span, he’s posted a 2.39 ERA (13 earned runs/49.0 innings), struck out 52 batters, issued eight walks and opponents are hitting .204 against him. Opponents are 6-31 (.194) with runners in scoring position vs. Matt Harvey this year and are 1-14 (.071) with RISP and two outs.

Daniel Murphy has 58 doubles, tied for the second-most in the National League with Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and one behind Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez. Murphy leads the National League with a .388 batting average with two outs. He has 13 RBI in such situations, tied for the 12th-most in the NL.

Game Preview

The Mets look to avoid the sweep by the hands of the Marlins (I’ve probably never wrote a more Mets introduction than that one) this afternoon as Matt Harvey takes the mound against Kevin Slowey. So there’s the good news, it’s Matt Harvey day!

Matt Harvey is 5-0 on the season with a 1.85 ERA over 78.0 innings of work while striking out 84 batters. His last start was a good rebound from his previous start (6.1 IP, 4 ER) which was the worst of the season. The Mets bats could not get anything going in his last start, thus Harvey got the no decision. This will be his second start against the Marlins. Earlier he pitched 5.1 innings allowing 1 ER over 7 hits and struck out 7 batters. The Marlins have the following numbers against Harvey:

Pierre 3-9
Polanco 0-4
Dobbs 1-2, 2B
Brantly 1-2

Kevin Slowey is 1-5 over 11 starts and 62.2 innings with a 3.59 ERA.In the month of May, he was either terrible or fantastic. In that five game stretch he pitched 25.0 innings with a 5.76 ERA. In his one start against the Mets this year he allowed 1 ER over 8 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Buck 3-11, 2B
Davis 2-6
Wright 2-6, 2B, HR
Baxter 0-3
Byrd 1-3
Duda 2-3, 2B

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!