National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, July 8th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (37-48) at San Francisco Giants (40-47), 10:15 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.27)
San Francisco - Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66)
(Sports Network) - If New York right-hander Matt Harvey plans on starting for
the National League at next week's All-Star Game, he'd better be on his game
Monday when the Mets open a three-game set against the San Francisco Giants at
Despite just seven wins, Harvey certainly has the credentials to be on the
hill next Tuesday at Citi Field, as he is amongst the league leaders with a
2.27 ERA and tops the NL with 141 strikeouts.
Of course, it will be San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy who will be picking
the All-Star starter.
"It's one thing I can't decide," Harvey said. "I've got two more starts left,
and I have to go out there obviously and put up zeros, and do everything I can
to help the Mets."
Harvey had a rare hiccup his last time out on Wednesday against Arizona, as he
absorbed just his second loss of the season and was hit for five runs and
nines hits in six innings.
"He's all fired up about the All-Star thing, the situation," manager Terry
Collins said afterward. "(This) week, he's going to pitch against the Giants,
and it's going to be a nice, cool evening. It's going to be in front of Bruce,
so I'm sure he's going to be all fired up."
Opposing Harvey will be former phenom Tim Lincecum, who continues to struggle
and is just 4-9 with a 4.66 ERA. Lincecum lost his fourth straight decision on
Tuesday in Cincinnati as the Reds reached him for three runs and six hits in 5
"I need to attack the (strike) zone better," Lincecum said.
Lincecum, who is 5-1 lifetime versus the Mets, has just one win in his last
San Francisco lost two of three over the weekend to the Los Angeles Dodgers
and is a major league-worst 5-16 since June 15. The Giants dropped a 4-1
heartbreaker on Sunday, as Sergio Romo gave up a three-run double with two
outs in the ninth inning.
"There's no question this is a tough loss," Bochy said. "These guys are
resilient and are handling this as well as they can."
San Francisco split its eight matchups with the Mets last season.
07/08 10:38:24 ET
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