Matt Harvey hopes to put the brakes on a skid that began in mid-May when the Pirates roughed him up for seven runs in four innings. Harvey, once the epitome of control and avoiding the long ball, walked two and gave up two homers that day.
Including that game, Harvey gave up eight homers in four starts. For the most part, he avoided the home run since, giving up just two in his next six starts. However, his control has been terrible as he’s walked 16 in his last five starts.
Here’s the lineup for Harvey’s start tonight against the Dodgers:
Ruben Tejada, SS
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Lucas Duda, 1B
Michael Conforto, LF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF
Matt Harvey, RHP
LINEUP COMMENTS: Interesting to see Tejada in the lineup when the expectations were he’s sit for Wilmer Flores. However, if based on recent production it was the right call. … Newcomer Johnson is hitting clean-up with Duda dropping to fifth. … Nieuwenhuis playing over Juan Lagares, which is another good call.