Mets vs Dodgers: Flores Rests His Ankle, Turner At 3B, Satin At 1B, Oh Yeah And It’s Harvey Day!

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Mets at Dodgers • 10:10 PM • Dodger Stadium

Matt Harvey (9-3, 2.09) vs Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr.,LF
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. Marlon Byrd, RF
  5. Josh Satin, 1B
  6. Justin Turner, 3B
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
  9. Matt Harvey, RHP

As I speculated this morning, Wilmer Flores will get to rest his sore ankle and get the night off…

Game Notes

Jeremy Hefner, optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, had his sore right elbow examined Monday and is reportedly scheduled to be re-examined Wednesday by team doctors. There is a chance he could wind up on the disabled list. Hefner struggled this year in 24 games (23 starts), going 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA. He was particularly bad since the All-Star break, 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts.

Matt Harvey is off to the best second-half start among all major league starting pitchers, but he faces the hottest team in the game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Coming off a shutout against the Rockies in which he allowed just five hits, Harvey will face the Dodgers for just the second time. He wound up with a no-decision in a 7-3 Mets win in April 2012.

Jenrry Mejia was dealing for five innings before stumbling against the Dodgers in a 4-2 loss Monday night. Mejia allowed just three hits through five scoreless innings before Los Angeles got to him in the sixth inning for three hits and three runs (two earned). Mejia, though, has yet to give up more than three runs in a game this year.

Travis d’Arnaud is expected to fill in for John Buck when Buck misses time for paternity leave. D’Arnaud continues to tune up in Triple-A Las Vegas. He was sidelined much of the year with a fracture in his left foot before returning to minor league action in late July. After going 3-for-5 with a homer Monday, d’Arnaud if batting .327 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 16 games for Las Vegas.

Omar Quintanilla had a rare big day at the plate for the Mets on Monday night against the Dodgers. Quintanilla, batting just .231 on the year, was one of four Mets with two hits. His run-scoring single in the second inning gave him 17 RBIs for the year, a career high.

Game Preview

Happy Harvey Day!

The Mets try to make up for last night’s game as they play the second game in the set tonight. Last night, the Mets dropped the game by a score of 4-2. They had strong pitching from Mejia but couldn’t get runs across the board. In a critical seventh inning, writers have been talking about two major blown calls that would have heavily assisted the Mets. I didn’t stay up to see the game, so I can’t really comment on that, the Mets did however leave 20 men on base. Harvey will square off today against Hyun-jin Ryu.

Matt Harvey is leading the league in ERA since the All-Star Break with a 0.91. Overall on the season he is 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA pitching 159.2 innings with 178 K’s. He is coming off of his first complete game shutout where he dominated the Rockies keeping his pitch count incredibly low. He faced the Dodgers earlier this season where he was more human and allowed 3 ER over 6 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Matt:

Schumaker 1-6
M Ellis 1-3
Ethier 1-3
Gonzalez 1-2
AJ Ellis 0-2
Hairston 0-2

The Mets bats draw Hyun-jin Ryu who is 11-3 over 22 starts with a 2.99 ERA while pitching 141.1 innings with 118 strikeouts. In his last three starts he has allowed 3 ER over 19.1 innings. Earlier this season he faced the Mets for 7.0 innings and allowed only 1 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Ryu:

Byrd 1-3, 2B
Davis 0-3
Murphy 1-3
Recker 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

About Elliot Teichman 1166 Articles
I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs