Here’s tonight’s lineup for the Mets at Philadelphia:
By its simplest definition, a pitching ace must show up big when his team needs him most, which is what the Mets want tonight from Matt Harvey in Philadelphia.
Harvey (5-0, 2.41), who beat the Nationals and Yankees in his last two starts, will be trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to reach six victories this season. The last Mets starter to open a season at 5-0 was Pedro Martinez in 2006. The club record is 7-0 by Frank Viola in 1990.
He is 6-0 lifetime against the Philles, whom he beat April 14, 6-5 at Citi Field. If you recall, that was the game Harvey threw behind Chase Utley and plunked in the back. Utley is having a miserable season, batting .103, but is 6-for-15 lifetime against Harvey. Utley sat out the Phillies’ last two games but is in the lineup tonight.
The Mets are coming off a 5-1 win Wednesday over Baltimore, their second straight after losing seven of their previous ten games.
Here’s tonight’s Mets-Phillies lineups at Philadelphia:
Juan Lagares, CF
John Mayberry Jr., LF
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Daniel Murphy, 3B
Wilmer Flores, SS
Dilson Herrera, 2B
Matt Harvey, RHP
Ben Revere, RF
Freddy Galvis, SS
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Darin Ruf, LF
Odubel Herrera, CF
Cody Asche, 3B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Cole Hamels, LHP
The slumping – but not yet reeling – Mets showed wake-up signs tonight in a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. The Mets had lost seven of their last ten games going in.
Tonight was about Bartolo Colon (W, 5-1), who was magnificent, giving up on run on six hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
With his pitch count low, manager Terry Collins pushed the envelope by letting Colon come out for the eighth. But, Collins had seen enough when after one out, Manny Machado homered and Jimmy Paredes flied to the warning track in left.
Carlos Torres relieved Colon and got Adams Jones on a grounder to shortstop. Jeurys Familia earned his major league leading 11th save, but not before giving up a homer to Chris Davis leading off the ninth.
The game’s turning point came long before that, when the Orioles appeared poised to break though in the top of the fourth when Jones and Davis lead off with singles. Delmon Young followed with a dribbler to the right of the mound Colon pounced on and threw to first. Colon then struck out Caleb Joseph and Travis Snider to end the threat.
The Mets improved to 17-10 overall and 12-3 at home.
Jacob deGrom, who was hit hard in his last two starts by the Yankees and Nationals, will start Wednesday night against Baltimore.