Results tagged ‘ Matt Harvey ’

Mets 1, White Sox 0: Three Up, Three Down

Goodness.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: What additional superlatives can we rain on this guy? You get the feeling it’s really only a matter of time before he does throw a no-hitter. Or seven.

2. OF Mike Baxter: For all the praise we heap on Jordany Valdespin, guess who’s had the better success rate as a pinch hitter, both this year and last. It’s Baxter, and it’s not particularly close.

3. RHP Bobby Parnell: The 10th inning that Parnell pitched came under more stressful conditions than most save situations. Frank Francisco may be back soon, but Parnell more than deserves to remain the closer.

Three Down:
1. OF Lucas Duda: Two more called third strikes on an 0-for-4 night. He’s slashing .184/.310/.306 since April 20, a span of 14 games, and is 2-for-16 so far in May.

2. 3B David Wright: A rare off game for the captain on a day when the Mets very much needed some offense. When the offense struggles, Wright takes the rap.

3. SS Ruben Tejada: That would have been an amazing play had Tejada managed to nail Rios with his jump-throw in the seventh. More to the point: Tejada left two men in scoring position in the second inning, finishing 1-for-4 at the plate.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+4
3B David Wright, RHP Matt Harvey
+3
INF Justin Turner

+2
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, LHP Scott Rice, RHP Bobby Parnell
+1
RHP Jeremy Hefner, LHP Jon Niese, OF Marlon Byrd, SS Ruben Tejada
-1
RHP Scott Atchison
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, C Anthony Recker, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Brandon Lyon
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Lucas Duda

-4
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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The scene: Harvey vs. Fernandez

The future is vibrant tonight at Marlins Ballpark, where Matt Harvey and the Mets are taking on rookie Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.

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Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Three Up, Three Down

JV1 FTW.

Three Up:
1. OF Jordany Valdespin: Say what you will about Valdespin’s shortcomings; he’s one fun player to watch. Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam was just the sixth in team history and the Mets’ first in 22 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

2. PH Mike Baxter: David Wright may have come up with the game-tying hit, but Baxter’s leadoff hit and hustle were the reasons why Wright was in that spot in the first place. He’s an ideal bat off the bench for the Mets.

3. OF Lucas Duda: It’s weird to see Duda ever have a non-Three True Outcomes plate appearance, but my scorebook insists that he singled and doubled in his first two at-bats. A return to normalcy came in the sixth, when Duda walked.

Three Down:
1. 1B Ike Davis: His single was nice, his walk was big, and he lined into a tough-luck out in his second at-bat. But Davis is still striking out far too much when it counts, including a big whiff with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth.

2. 2B Daniel Murphy: Not a bad game for Murphy, but he receives the “Down” for popping out with one out and the potential tying run on third base in the ninth. Wright later came through, but Murphy needs to get that run home.

3. RHP Matt Harvey: I’m not putting Harvey here because I think his performance was bad. I’m putting him here because he does. That’s the beauty of this guy — he wants to be great, and isn’t satisfied with merely adequate. Same goes for us here at Three Up, Three Down.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+8
C John Buck
+3
RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy

+2
INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, OF Marlon Byrd
+1
LHP Jon Niese, 3B David Wright, OF Collin Cowgill, LHP Robert Carson
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Dillon Gee, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Brandon Lyon, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, LHP Aaron Laffey, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

-5
LHP Josh Edgin
-6
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Nationals 1: Three Up, Three Down

“Harvey’s better,” say the fans at Citi Field. At least on this night, he certainly was.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: Geeked up from the start, Harvey hit 98 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun, also mixing in his slider and changeup with ease. There’s no question that through four starts, he has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Davis received a smattering of boos after striking out swinging in each of his first two at-bats. All he did after that was hit two home runs, quite literally turning the boos into cheers.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Not to be outdone by Davis, Duda contributed his own two-homer game, nearly adding a third on his shot to the warning track in the third. Duda ranks second in the Majors with a 1.234 OPS.

Three Down:
1. 2B Daniel Murphy: Murphy’s errant flip on a potential double-play ball in the seventh inning not only caused a minor injury to Ruben Tejada, but also created a bases-loaded, no-outs jam for Harvey. It’s a play that Murphy knows he needs to make.

2. SS Ruben Tejada: Tejada was the only Mets regular who did not reach base against Stephen Strasburg, finishing 0-for-4 and hitting the ball in the air three times. Keeping the ball out of the air was a point of emphasis for him in spring training.

3. OF Jordany Valdespin: This is a tough-luck “Down” for Valdespin, who finished 0-for-4 but did reach on an error and score a run. Valdespin’s outfield routes were not perfect today, but he did not make any egregious mistakes.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+4
RHP Matt Harvey

+3
OF Marlon Byrd, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner, LHP Scott Rice, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, 3B David Wright
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, LHP Aaron Laffey, RHP Dillon Gee, OF Mike Baxter, OF Lucas Duda
-2
RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Jordany Valdespin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 1B Ike Davis
-4
LHP Josh Edgin

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Most strikeouts through first 13 starts to a career

This is an interesting list, dating back to 1921. Check it out:

1. Hideo Nomo, 1995 Dodgers: 119 strikeouts, 1.99 ERA
2. Kerry Wood, 1998 Cubs: 118 strikeouts, 3.40 ERA
3. Herb Score, 1955 Indians: 107 strikeouts, 2.94 ERA
4. Jose DeLeon, 1983 Pirates: 106 strikeouts, 2.53 ERA
5. Gary Nolan, 1967 Reds: 97 strikeouts, 2.79 ERA
T-6. Stephen Strasburg, 2010-11 Nationals: 96 strikeouts, 2.71 ERA
T-6. Mark Prior, 2002 Cubs: 96 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA
T-6. Dwight Gooden, 1984 Mets: 96 strikeouts, 2.61 ERA
9. Matt Harvey, 2012-13 Mets: 95 strikeouts, 2.21 ERA

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Mets 4, Twins 2: Three Up, Three Down

This Harvey kid is really something, ain’t he?

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: In merely his 13th career start, Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh, finishing with eight innings of one-run ball. In short, he was incredible.

2. DH Justin Turner: Give Turner credit: he makes the most of his opportunities. Three times Turner has appeared in the starting lineup this season, and twice he has recorded three hits.

3. OF Marlon Byrd: Props to Byrd, whose leadoff homer in the fourth inning extended the Mets’ home run streak to 11 consecutive games to start the season. Was not expecting that.

Three Down:
1. RHP Bobby Parnell: Finally, a save opportunity! Though Parnell nailed it down with two strikeouts, he also gave up two hits and a run first. Next time, the margin may be slimmer and he’ll need to be sharper.

2. 1B Ike Davis: Moments after his only hit of the afternoon, Davis was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double. It’s been that kind of early season for him.

3. OF Lucas Duda: Though catcher John Buck went 0-for-4, it’s tough to mark him as a “Down” when he also called Harvey’s gem. Instead it goes to Duda, who went 0-for-2 and was again subbed out on defense.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+6
C John Buck
+4
2B Daniel Murphy

+3
RHP Matt Harvey
+2
OF Marlon Byrd

+1
OF Jordany Valdespin, LHP Jon Niese, INF Justin Turner
-1
RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Ruben Tejada, LHP Aaron Laffey, 3B David Wright, RHP Bobby Parnell
-2
LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Greg Burke, OF Lucas Duda
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-4
1B Ike Davis

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Mets 7, Phillies 2: Three Up, Three Down

Matt Harvey was excellent. Roy Halladay not so much. In case you didn’t already know.

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: For the second time this season, Harvey was not just good; he was dominant. Nine strikeouts in seven innings highlighted his outing, but Harvey also held the Phillies to three hits. He has allowed four hits and one run all season.

2. C John Buck: The man is an offensive machine. Not many right-handed hitters in baseball have the power to park a ball as far up the right-field stands as Buck did in the second inning. Buck has also caught both of Harvey’s gems this season.

3. 2B Daniel Murphy: He is driving the all with authority to all fields these days, something the Mets did not necessarily expect considering he missed most of the spring with an intercostal strain. Murphy finished 2-for-4, reaching base three times.

Three Down:
1. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Batting leadoff, Nieuwenhuis went 0-for-3 before giving way to a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He also broke back on Humberto Quintero’s hit in the third inning; had he read the ball correctly, Nieuwenhuis easily would have recorded the out.

2. LHP Josh Edgin: There is an argument to be made that Edgin, who appeared in four of the Mets’ first six games, had no business entering a six-run game in the eighth. Alas, usage patters are not his fault. The double and run against him is.

3. 1B Ike Davis: A botched defensive play led to a run in the fourth inning, then Davis committed a fielding error in the sixth. Combined with his 1-for-5 at the plate, it was not a spectacular day at the office.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+3
C John Buck

+2
LHP Jon Niese, RHP Matt Harvey, 2B Daniel Murphy
+1
RHP Dillon Gee, INF Justin Turner, RHP Jeremy Hefner, OF Mike Baxter, OF Marlon Byrd
-1
RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jeurys Familia, 3B David Wright, RHP Greg Burke, SS Ruben Tejada, OF Lucas Duda, LHP Aaron Laffey
-2
1B Ike Davis, LHP Josh Edgin
-3
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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Matt Harvey has a growing fan club

Matt Harvey earning props from current and former pitchers around the league:

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Mets 8, Padres 4: Three Up, Three Down

Another game with lots of positives tonight for the Mets. But alas, in this space, only three players can be up and three must be down:

Three Up:
1. RHP Matt Harvey: He would be Three Up all by himself if it were not against the rules. But we’re a stickler for rules here, so Harvey goes +1 with a dominant seven-inning, one-hit, 10-strikeout performance.

2. OF Lucas Duda: Coming into the game, Duda had four home runs in 215 career at-bats against left-handers. He made that five in 215 with his two-run shot off Clayton Richard, adding a double and a walk later in the game.

3. 1B Ike Davis: The more impressive offensive stat line belonged to John Buck, but Davis sorely needed to snap his 0-for-the-season in Game 2. He did so with an absolute bomb, scraping the Shea Bridge with his two-run shot in the fifth.

Three Down:
1. SS Ruben Tejada: He struck out twice and hit two lazy flys in four hitless at-bats, then committed a throwing error in the ninth for good measure. Not good for a guy who spent his spring concentrating on hitting line drives and ground balls.

2. RHP Greg Burke: Burke relieved Harvey and gave up hits to the first two batters he saw — that’s twice as many as Harvey allowed all night, for those keeping track. To be fair, Burke did recover after that, generating consecutive ground balls to limit the damage to one run.

3. RHP LaTroy Hawkins: Same deal. Two straight hits to start the ninth, but recovered until Tejada’s error led to two more unearned runs. Say this about Burke and Hawkins: at least they didn’t walk anyone.

Three Up, Three Down Season Standings:
+1 OF Collin Cowgill
+1 LHP Jon Niese
+1 RHP Matt Harvey
+1 OF Lucas Duda
-1 OF Jordany Valdespin
-1 OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
-1 RHP Greg Burke
-1 RHP LaTroy Hawkins

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Mets set Opening Day rotation

It’s official: here’s who’s pitching for the Mets next week:

April 1 vs. Padres: LHP Jon Niese
April 2: Off Day
April 3 vs. Padres: RHP Matt Harvey
April 4 vs. Padres: RHP Dillon Gee
April 5. vs. Marlins: RHP Jeremy Hefner
April 6. vs. Marlins: LHP Jon Niese
April 7 vs. Marlins: RHP Shaun Marcum

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