What to look for: Pirates vs. Mets, 1:10 PM
The Mets will look to salvage the final game of their three-game series against the Pirates today at Citi Field at 1:10 PM.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
Juan Lagares CF
Curtis Granderson RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Daniel Murphy 2B
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Ruben Tejada SS
Matt Harvey RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.61 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Jeff Locke (6-7, 4.43 ERA) will start for the Pirates.
Here is what I am looking for from the Mets today:
A clutch performance on #HarveyDay.
As Terry Collins said this morning, this is when the Harvey’s of the world step up and win a game the Mets really need to get. They can’t get swept by the Pirates at home, and they can’t get swept in the season series against the Pirates. It’s Matt Harvey’s job to come to the rescue and avoid a losing streak in the middle of a pennant race.
The Pirates bombed Harvey in Pittsburgh Memorial Day weekend, but Harvey had seemingly hit a wall in his recovery process at that time. Right now, Harvey is in a tremendous groove with a good feel for everything in his repertoire. The key for him, however, will be to come out early and establish his presence, not allowing the Pirates to get to him in the first inning. If he can do that, it should be a fun #HarveyDay for the Mets.
Change up the program.
The Mets have been stymied with the bats in this series, and for the most part over the course of the last ten days. The Mets have the tools and the depth, but they need to start getting their pieces moving on the bases, maybe put on some hit and runs, and establish their presence early against the Pirates.
Pittsburgh’s pitching has been largely terrible in the second half, but the longer the Mets keep them in the game, the more opportunities the crafty Pirate offense will have to take advantage of. And the Mets need to avoid that.
The Mets have played really well over the last two nights, short of Daniel Murphy’s hiccup in the 14th inning on Saturday. But the Mets have to demonstrate – mostly to themselves – they can beat a tough team in the National League Central. They have done alright against the Cardinals, but have done nothing against the Pirates and Cubs. That needs to change today in the one game they have left against a top team during the regular season.