National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, August 29th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (59-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-67), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75)
Philadelphia - Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - A pair of highly-touted rookies square off on Wednesday
when the New York Mets return to Citizens Bank Park for the middle game of a
three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets start first-year righty Matt Harvey, a 23-year-old Connecticut native
making the seventh start of his initial big-league stint, while the Phillies
turn to right-hander Tyler Cloyd, who will make his big league debut in place
of an ailing Cole Hamels.
Harvey, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-1
defeat of Arizona in his debut on July 26, then dropped three straight starts
to San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta between July 31-Aug. 10.
He scored a second win at Cincinnati on Aug. 18 and got a no-decision in an
Aug. 22 meeting with Colorado while combining to allow seven hits and two runs
across 13 2/3 innings of work.
Harvey has permitted a .186 opposition batting average in 36 combined innings.
Cloyd, meanwhile, was just named the International League's Pitcher of the
Year on Tuesday, going 12-1 with a league-leading 2.35 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh
In addition to his 3-0 record in four starts at Double-A Reading, Cloyd is
15-1 with a 2.26 ERA. The 15 wins are tied for the most in minor league
baseball this summer.
His franchise-record 12 wins trail only the 14 by Syracuse's Zach Duke in the
On Tuesday, Ike Davis hit a go-ahead RBI double during a four-run 10th inning
and the Mets came back to defeat the Phillies, 9-5.
Davis, who hit a walk-off homer against the Houston Astros on Sunday, drove in
David Wright with a double to the left-field gap against B.J. Rosenberg (0-2).
Lucas Duda followed with an RBI single before Kelly Shoppach helped send the
Mets to their third consecutive win with a towering homer into the seats in
"They're gonna play it out," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "There's guys
playing for jobs, there's guys playing for careers and there's still a lot of
Bobby Parnell (4-3) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the
The Mets won eight of the first 12 games between the teams in 2012, including
two of three in the most recent series in New York from July 3-5. Philadelphia
took the 2011 season series, 11-7.
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