D’Backs vs Mets: It’s Harvey Day… Take It All Off!

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D’Backs (42-41) at Mets (35-45)

RHP Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (7-1, 2.00)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., lf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Josh Satin, 1b
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  7. John Buck, c
  8. Omar Quintanilla, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

Game Notes

The Mets scored a single-inning season-high seven runs in the rain-delayed seventh inning in Tuesday’s 9-1 win over Arizona. They also tied their season-high for hits in an inning with seven. The seven runs scored in that inning were more than the team had scored in a game dating back to June 28, 2011.

The Mets have now won 11 of 17, and are 35-45 on the season — in fourth place in the NL East, 12 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves. The Diamondbacks have lost a season-high five in a row, and are now 42-41 — remaining in first place in the NL West, but only a game ahead of the Rockies. The Mets snapped a streak of 30 consecutive home games without scoring more than five runs, a National League record.

Matt Harvey has the lowest ERA (2.25) among pitchers since 1921, whose first 27 major league appearances were all starts. Mike Mussina is second on that list (2.56 ERA). Harvey also has the best WHIP (0.95) of any pitcher since 1921 through his first 27 career starts. Only four other pitchers had a WHIP under 1.00 in their first 27 starts: Dick Hughes (0.96), Vida Blue (0.97), Orel Hershiser (0.97) and Jim Hardin (0.98).

Shaun Marcum underwent an MRI on his upper back, but refused to discuss his condition with reporters. “That’s for me and the club, so I’m not going to talk about it. I don’t see why you guys think you need to know everything.” Terry Collins said Marcum experienced tingling in hand, had MRI, but will start Saturday. If he can’t, Carlos Torres would join the rotation.

Ike Davis will not be called back to the big club today, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. A source with direct knowledge of the team’s plans, said he will continue to play in the minor leagues. In 20 games for Las Vegas, Davis is batting .268 with a .409 OBP. He’s hit six home runs including one last night, and has 12 RBI. After a hot start, he’s hitting just .154 and a .267 OBP in his last seven games.

Wilmer Flores will represent Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be held July 17 at Reno. Flores went 5-for-6 Tuesday to up his average to .320 with 10 homers and a league-leading 64 RBIs.

Game Preview

The Mets go for the series victory tonight as they take on the Diamondbacks for game 3 of 4. Last night the Mets had an early one run lead against the surprise ace of the Arizona staff. In the seventh, Arizona was able to tie it but then the Mets happened. The Mets opened up the bottom half of the frame getting the go ahead run and loading the bases before an hour and forty minute rain delay. They then scored 6 more runs in the frame when the action resumed and ended up winning the game 9-1. It was the most the Mets scored in one inning in nearly two years and the most they scored at home since opening day. Tonight Randall Delgado goes for Arizona as he faces MATT HARVEY. HAPPY HARVEY DAY EVERYONE!

Matt Harvey is 7-1 this season with a 2.00 ERA over 17 starts, 117.0 innings and 132 strikeouts. He allowed 3 hits over 7 innings his last time out striking out 11 in the process, before the bullpen blew the game. In his last two starts he has allowed only 1 ER over 13.0 innings of work. He faced the Diamondbacks last year in his major debut pitching 5.1 innings allowing 3 hits, no runs and striking out 11 batters. The Diamondbacks have the following numbers against Matt:

Goldschmidt 0-3, 3 K
Hill 1-3
Kubel 1-2
Parra 0-3, 2 K
Prado 0-3

The Mets draw “old” Braves pitcher Randall Delgado who is 0-2 over 4 games and 3 starts this season pitching 20.0 innings with a 4.05 ERA. The amount of hits he has given up this year has hurt him, 26 so far, which has bumped his WHIP to a 1.5 even. In one start against the Mets last year he allowed 3 ER in 5.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Buck 1-4
Murphy 1-3
Kirk 2-3
Wright 1-3

Lets 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!