National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 24th
(All times eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) at New York Mets (9-9), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Ted Lilly (0-0, 0.00)
New York - Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.93)
(Sports Network) - Matt Harvey will try to lift the spirits of the New York
Mets when he puts his unblemished record on the line Wednesday in the middle
test of a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.
Harvey is a perfect 4-0 in his first four starts with a sparkling 0.93 earned
run average and has pitched at least seven innings in each outing.
The young right-hander is holding opposing hitters to a .108 batting average
and is trying to become the first hurler since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to
begin a season with five straight starts of seven or more innings allowing
just one run or less.
In his last start on Friday against Washington, Harvey held the visiting
Nationals to a run and four hits in seven innings and struck out seven. He did
walk a season high three batters.
Harvey leads the National League in wins and is tied with Boston's Clay
Buchholz for the major league lead.
New York was handed a 7-2 loss in Tuesday's series opener with L.A. as Daniel
Murphy finished with two of the Mets' four hits. Murphy and David Wright both
had an RBI for the Mets, who have lost five of seven games. Mets starter Jon
Niese lasted only 2 1/3 frames, giving up one run and three hits, and had to
leave the game after taking a comebacker off his leg.
"He's fine. He's getting better as the night goes on, so he'll be OK," Mets
manager Terry Collins said of Niese.
Brandon Lyon was dealt the loss in relief and surrendered a three-run homer to
Mark Ellis in the seventh inning.
The Mets are 2-2 on a nine-game homestand.
Los Angeles has won back-to-back games since losing six straight and got four
hits and four RBI out of Ellis. Matt Kemp added two hits, Justin Sellers went
3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored and Adrian Gonzalez scored twice.
"It felt good to get hits when we needed them," Ellis said of the 12-hit
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw did not record a decision and gave up two runs and
three hits in five innings. Ronald Belisario struck out two in a scoreless
sixth inning for the win.
Taking the mound for the first time this season for Los Angeles will be Ted
Lilly. Lilly is the eighth different starter for manager Don Mattingly and
began the season on the disabled list due to left shoulder surgery. Lilly last
started May 23 at Arizona and went 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in eight starts a year
The left-hander pitched at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on April 16 in a rehab
assignment and permitted four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits in five
innings. In seven career games (6 starts) against the Mets, Lilly is 2-2 with
a 3.68 ERA in 36 2/3 innings.
New York was 3-4 against the Dodgers a season ago and has lost the last five
meetings between the two clubs.
04/24 10:34:13 ET