Wednesday’s pitching preview: Matt Harvey vs. Tyler Cloyd

Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Harvey was outstanding in his last start against the Rockies when he allowed a run on three hits in six innings. Harvey has now struck out at least seven batters in four of his first six big league starts, and he owns a strikeout to walk ratio of nearly 3:1 – opponents are hitting just .085 (6-for-71) against Harvey with two strikes.

Tyler Cloyd (15-1, 2.26 ERA in Minors) will start for the Phillies tonight.

Cloyd is starting instead of Cole Hamels, who was scratched with a stomach ailment. Cloyd has had a stellar year for both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, allowing just 168 base runners in 167 innings while holding opponents to a .214 batting average.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Harvey has dealt with high pitch counts in most of his starts, but most of them haven’t come in stressful situations. Rather, it’s the result of racking up high strikeout totals in his outings. He has gotten away from using his breaking pitches as much as he did when he first got called up, although in his last outing, he recorded a number of strikeouts on off-speed pitches down and on the corners. Those pitches have complimented his fastball beautifully, as those pitches move in the opposite direction from his tailing (and always electric) fastball.