Wednesday’s pitching preview: Harvey vs. Hamels

Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92 ERA) will start for the Mets tonight.

Harvey is making his final start of his season tonight. In his last start against the Nationals, Harvey became the third pitcher in Mets history to strike out at least 10 hitters, but pitch no more than five innings. Harvey’s 63 strikeouts are third-most in Mets history for a pitcher within the first nine games of his career. Harvey won his only other career start against the Phillies on August 29 when he allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings at Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06 ERA) will start for the Phillies tonight.

Hamels has put together another fantastic season, averaging over seven innings per start, striking out nearly a batter per inning while walking a shade over three batters per nine innings, and holding the opposition to a .235 batting average. He won his last start against the Astros when he allowed three earned runs in seven innings at Minute Maid Park on September 14. Hamels is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Harvey has been outstanding since he was called up in late July. I was worried he wasn’t ready for the big leagues due to a lack of consistency and command in the Minor Leagues this year, but he has proved me and everyone else who questioned the move wrong – I think we all stand happily corrected on the matter. The most impressive part about Harvey  (besides his electric stuff) is his bulldog mentality and his quest for perfection. He doesn’t accept anything less than winning and ensuring he gives his team the best opportunity to do so. He can be a little too hard on himself, but I love hearing that from him nonetheless. That’s exciting for the future, especially when his starts become more meaningful in the standings.