New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Tip-off: Monday, April 8, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- New York: Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Philadelphia: Halladay (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
New York Mets‘ Matt Harvey could possibly have a bright future but Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay is still hoping his best days aren’t behind him as he seeks his 200th career victory tonight.
New York (4-2) claimed their second straight series victory as Marlon Byrd came through with a walkoff, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday’s 4-3 win versus the Miami Marlins.
Now the Mets will be starting tonight with Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for his 12th career start. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in an 8-4 win versus the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.
The seventh overall MLB pick of the 2010 draft has gone 4-5 with a 2.44 ERA since getting the call-up from the minors last July. In two starts versus Philadelphia, the Harvey has a 2.03 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins has gone 2 for 5 with a double and a homer when facing Harvey, while Ryan Howard has gone 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
Rollins hit his first homer — a three-run shot — on Sunday, but Billy Butler’s video review-confirmed grand slam in the fifth proved to be the big blow in a 9-8 home defeat versus the Kansas City Royals.
Philadelphia had managed 17 runs and a .234 batting average through their first five games before pounding out 15 hits Sunday. However, the Phillies have struck out 26 times in its last two games.
The team will try to help Halladay as he looks to rebound from a rough first start. The 35 year-old (0-1, 13.50), who YouWager experts consider has had difficulties due to a sore shoulder last season and allowed 11 runs in 16 1/3 innings in the spring, gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings in a 9-2 defeat versus the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.