1:10 PM ET, August 29, 2013
Citi Field, New York, New York
Philadelphia: Martin (2-2, 6.33 ERA)
New York: Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA)
Oddsmakers consider that the New York Mets didn’t have much going for them during another terrible MLB season other than Matt Harvey making a run at becoming the team’s second consecutive NL Cy Young Award winner.
Carlos Torres will be taking the place of the star player who is now sidelined with a serious injury. Torres will be starting tonight as the Mets meet the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets (59-72) are headed toward their fifth straight losing baseball season, and according to the MLB free pick they got even worse when they found out Harvey’s MRI revealed a torn ligament in his pitching elbow that will likely sideline him for the rest of 2013.
Harvey had a 2.27 ERA and was vying to follow R.A. Dickey as the Mets second straight Cy Young winner, but his spot in the rotation will now be filled by Torres.
The 30 year-old Torres (2-2, 2.96 ERA) hasn’t started since giving up eight runs and nine hits in three innings of a 14-1 defeat against the Washington Nationals on July 28. The California native posted a 2.65 ERA in 13 relief appearances since, most recently going two-thirds of an inning in Monday’s 2-1 defeat versus Philadelphia.
Phillies’ starter Ethan Martin (2-2, 6.33) went two-thirds of an inning in his last outing as well — but that was a start. The 24 year-old allowed three runs and three hits while walking three — all coming after he retired the first two batters — in Saturday’s 12-7, 18-inning defeat against the Arizona Diamondback.
The right-hander pitched five innings or fewer in four of his five starts.
Martin has struck out 23 in 21 1/3 innings, though, and will look to recover versus a New York team that has struck out the third-most among NL clubs.
Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores each fanned three times in Wednesday’s 6-2 defeat to the Phillies (61-72), who have won eight of 11 after dropping their first two under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Carlos Ruiz homered and is hitting .447 during the team’s hot stretch.
The Mets have dropped nine of its last 12 home MLB games with the Phillies.