Thursday’s pitching preview: Harvey vs. Bailey

Matt Harvey (1-3, 3.63 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Harvey started off slowly but ended up retiring the final nine Braves’ batters he faced in his last start. At the end, he allowed two runs and two hits with five walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Harvey now has 26 strikeouts in his first 22 1/3 Major League innings.





Homer Bailey (10-7, 4.08 ERA) will start for the Reds tonight.

Bailey has struggled over his last three starts, allowing 14 runs in only 14 innings over that span. Bailey has been victimized by the home run ball this season – he’s allowed 19 in 141 1/3 innings. He did pitch well against the Mets back in June, as he allowed a run on six hits in eight innings for his fifth win of the season. In his career against New York, Bailey is 1-1 with a 7.41 ERA in three career starts.

Michael Baron, Contributor

In his last start against the Braves, Harvey stayed away from his change-up for the most part, instead emphasizing his fastball for most of his outing. He had struggled with the command of his change-up in his start against the Padres, and so I wonder if he decided to table it as a result. Still, he has touted his change-up as his second best pitch, and so I wonder if he will decide to go back to it tonight against the Reds.