Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.
Harvey had to battle his last time out but persevered for 6 1/3 innings against the Phillies, allowing two runs and six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Harvey now has 49 strikeouts in his first 42 1/3 innings of his career.
Jaime Garcia (3-6, 4.52 ERA) will start for the Cardinals tonight.
Garcia has had an up and down season, allowing 122 base runners in 85 2/3 innings with only 68 strikeouts over 14 starts. Garcia allowed six runs in only 5 1/3 innings against the Nationals in his last start. He missed 2 1/2 months with a shoulder injury and has pitched to a 4.66 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list. In three career starts against the Mets, Garcia is 1-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 20 1/3 innings.
Michael Baron, ContributorHarvey has been terrific since joining the rotation in late July, but the most impressive thing about him (as has been the case throughout his minor league career) is his focus and concentration while pitching. He doesn’t ever waver – even when his stuff is not at it’s best – and he has a tremendous amount of poise and mound presence for someone who is just getting his feet wet in the big leagues. He has a bulldog mentality and has yet to give into adversity under any circumstances – he trusts his stuff (which is absolutely electric) and uses his fastball to get out of trouble, rather than resorting to his off-speed pitches in such situations. That’s a sign of maturity, and it’s impressive to see in him at this stage of his young career.