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Harvey labors through, still wins ‘weirdest game’

USATSI_8519360_110579513_lowresMatt Harvey gave up three runs and five hits, improving to 5-0 with a 1.60 ERA in six starts against the Phillies. He struck out eight — five in the first two innings — and walked none.

After the game, Harvey remarked on how weird the game was, with the Phillies hitting four home runs and still losing, among many other quirky plays and calls.

“I think obviously I came out pretty strong, and I think as the game went on, pitches were kind of creeping over the middle,” Harvey said. “That might have been the weirdest game I’ve been a part of, maybe ever.”

Harvey gave up solo homers to Chase Utley and Cody Asche and even a double to the opposing pitcher. That came in the fifth, when Harvey escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Carlos Ruiz on a popup.

“You have to get used to being out there more and more, and having a lot of adrenaline running, I kind of got fastball-happy,” Harvey said. “But those are parts of playing through a season and coming back from an injury where you’re gone for so long. … It’s not like I’m not going to ever give up a run.”


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

We’re so used to absolute brilliance from Harvey it’s weird to watch him on a night when he “struggles.” He wasn’t bad, by any means, but he wasn’t his usual dominant self. Still, weird to see him not simply destroy the other team’s lineup.

Eight strikeouts is nothing to sneeze at — he already has 17 strikeouts in 12 innings this year — but as he said, he went heavy on fastballs and the Phillies recognized that. He was able to make his out-pitches when he needed to, especially to Asche, who he fed a steady diet of breaking balls aside from the home run pitch.

Harvey also played the mental game, going inside on Freddy Galvis (though he didn’t hit him) and plunking Utley in retaliation for two Mets getting hit. The best part was when Utley made his way down to first, Harvey stepped off the mound and watched intently as the Philly second baseman took his base. It was intimidating and awesome. That’s Harvey for you.

And that’s fine. He’s not going to be lights out every single game, as he said. There are games when he’ll struggle, and heck, he might even lose a game here or there. But the pitchers keeping the team in the game and having the bats do just enough to win, seems like the makeup of this team so far in 2015. Is that going to be enough to get them to the postseason? We’ll have to wait and see, but so far, it seems to be working.

In case you missed it, presented by Citi

USATSI_8519379_110579513_lowresIn front of nearly 40,000 fans, Matt Harvey started at Citi Field for the first time since August of 2013 and allowed three runs in six innings while striking out eight as the Mets beat the Phillies, 6-5. The game featured four hit batsmen, warnings from the home plate umpire, disputed reviews, Terry Collins getting ejected, and injuries to Michael Cuddyer and David Wright >> Read more

David Wright suffered a strained right hamstring sliding into second base in the eighth, and removed himself from the game after initially staying in. Wright said after the game that he pulled himself to be safe. Wright will have an MRI on Wednesday, and infielder/outfielder Eric Campbell is en route from Triple-A Las Vegas in case a roster move is needed, the Mets announced.

Michael Cuddyer, who came out of the game in the second after being hit in the left hand by a pitch. X-rays came back negative and Cuddyer said he doesn’t expect to miss any time.

Vic Black and Bobby Parnell pitched an inning apiece as they began rehab stints with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

Sandy Alderson said he isn’t concerned about Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard, who recently had forearm stiffness that led to an MRI that came back clean. Syndergaard made his season debut on Monday night.

Triple-A LHP Steven Matz allowed three runs on five hits in five innings pitched while walking five and striking out five for Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

What’s on tap for Wednesday, April 15

The Mets will go for a three-game sweep of the Phillies at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Jerome Williams for Philadelphia.


For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to Daniel Murphy’s home run in yesterday’s home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating $2,000 to an NYC community partner.

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 Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets left-handed pitching prospect Steven Matz struggled with his control in his second Triple-A start. The 23-year-old needed to throw 96 pitches to get through five innings, issuing five walks along the way. He gave up three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Eric Campbell was lifted from the game in the 4th inning and dispatched to New York for a possible call-up. Prior to leaving, he singled in his only at-bat, raising his batting average to .550.>>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video highlights from Tuesday’s victory over the Phillies

Kirk Nieuwenhuis robs Odubel Herrera with an unbelievable catch, stopping the Phillies from inching closer. >> Watch here

Daniel Murphy hits his first home run of the season, extending the Mets’ lead over the Phillies to 6-3. >> Watch here

Lucas Duda doubles to right field, scoring Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, and Curtis Granderson to put the Mets in front of the Phillies. >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.

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Campbell on his way to New York

Eric Campbell is on his way to New York if a roster move is needed Wednesday. The Mets appear poised to make one after David Wright strained his right hamstring in Tuesday’s 6-5 win over the Phillies (April 14).

Campbell hit .246 in spring training with two homers and nine RBI in 57 at-bats. He got off to a hot start at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .526 (10-for-19) with two homers and six RBI. He also has two doubles and a triple.

Campbell was pulled from Las Vegas’ game in Sacramento after he singled in the first.

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Harvey wins, Wright hurt in wild night at Citi Field

Matt Harvey gave up two homers in his first Citi Field start since 2013, but got enough support thanks to Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy in a contentious, eventful 6-5 win over the Phillies Tuesday.


Harvey went six innings, allowing three earned runs and five hits while striking out eight (no walks). He threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes. . .Chase Utley hit the first of his two homers in the second. It was the first homer off Harvey in 60 1/3 innings, which was the longest such streak in the majors.

Of most concern were two Mets injuries — Michael Cuddyer left with a bruised left hand in the second when he was the second Met hit by Phillies starter David Buchanan. David Wright (2-for-5) sustained a right hamstring strain in the eighth after sliding awkwardly into second. Terry Collins called the injury “a major problem” after the game.

The game included four hit batters, a warning to Harvey and both benches, a catcher’s interference call, Collins’ ejection and two lengthy reviews. One of the reviews ended with umpires deciding the play in question wasn’t reviewable.

Duda had two doubles, including a bases-clearing shot down the right field line in the second that gave the Mets a 4-1 lead. Wilmer Flores, who also was hit by Buchanan, scored along with Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.

Cody Asche homered off Harvey in the fourth, when Harvey grazed Freddy Galvis. The Mets asked for a review, but after a lengthy delay it was ruled the hit-by-pitch wasn’t a reviewable play. Utley followed with an RBI single.

The top and bottom half of the fifth produced most of the drama. Harvey hit Utley in the back, prompting warnings all around from plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. One batter later, Travis d’Arnaud was called for catcher’s interference, which prompted Collins’ ejection.

Duda doubled and scored in the fifth, when he was ruled safe after tagging the plate a second time in a scramble at the plate. The Phillies asked for a review of the play, but replays showed Duda’s foot beat Carlos Ruiz’s tag the first time around.

Murphy hit his first homer of the season in the seventh. The Mets needed the run as Utley homered again in the eighth off reliever Sean Gilmartin and Jeff Francoeur hit one off Jeurys Familia, who recovered to earn his third save.

Anthony Recker took over for Wright at third in ninth. Recker, a catcher, said it was the first time he played the position.


The Mets wrap up the series against the Phillies Wednesday (7:10 p.m., SNY) as Jon Niese faces Jerome Williams.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

This was honestly one of the strangest baseball games I’ve ever seen. Multiple hit-by-pitches, replays, catcher interference, manager ejection, injuries, Anthony Recker playing third base… Oh, and Matt Harvey. What a game!

The win was costly, though, as both Wright and Cuddyer leaving the game due to injuries is the last thing the Mets need. Hopefully they can both bounce back soon, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Expect a roster move or two soon.

Harvey’s start was spoiled by the early Utley homer run, but Citi Field seemed to stay rocking all night with The Dark Knight on the mound. He pitched well, but was far from his unhittable self. Can’t complain, though.

Familia surrendered a home run to Frenchy, but thankfully Duda made a great play for the first out of the inning, or it would have been a tie game. Not quite sure how or why the Phillies never bunted in the ninth with Anthony Recker manning the hot corner.

Taking a game – and a series – from the Phillies is always a good thing, but this one, even on Harvey Day, has to sting due to the two injuries to star players.

Cuddyer hit by pitch, leaves game

Michael Cuddyer left Tuesday’s game against the Phillies after being hit on his left hand/wrist in the second inning.

Cuddyer said after the game he was struck on knuckle. He thinks he will be able to play Wednesday. X-rays showed no damage. The Mets said he had a contusion.

With David Wright’s right hamstring strain, Cuddyer said he doubts he’ll move to third base if needed, after breaking his shoulder last season.

Earlier in the second, Buchanan plunked Wilmer Flores before Lucas Duda hit a three-run double to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis came in to replace Cuddyer in left. Nieuwenhuis made a sliding catch in the top of the third.