Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.
2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.
3) Chasen Bradford, Kevin McGowan, Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan combined to allow 11 runs, eight hits and five walks in three innings of relief. New York walked 11 batters in the game.
Postgame reaction from Michael Avallone...
If Harvey's last outing was a step forward, albeit a small one, tonight's start was the exact opposite. Harvey allowed more baserunners (11) than outs recorded (10) and needed 86 pitches to do so. The fastball velocity was up a tick, as he hit 95 on the gun a few times. Harvey was also able to extricate himself from major trouble during his time on the mound, but he left with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and predictably, all three runs scored off.
As has been the case for virtually the entire season, the Mets' one-time ace cannot consistently command his off-speed pitches and his inability to generate swings and misses leaves him no margin for error. Harvey has a few starts remaining before the season ends to show some sort of progress, but it appears that 2017 will be a second straight lost season for the 28-year-old.
Besides the obvious reasons, it's not what the Mets or Harvey need at this juncture of the season. If only for a sliver of a silver lining, a strong end to the year would give him some positivity heading into the offseason, and the club a semblance of cautious optimism for a bounce back in 2018. Instead, it looks to be another winter of wondering, hoping and remembering what was... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have dropped three straight and six consecutive games on the road. With 82 losses, they are assured of their first losing season since 2014 (79-83).
New York is 10 home runs shy of breaking the club record of 218 set last season.
Reyes' 21st leadoff homer as a Met moved him back into a tie with Curtis Granderson for the most in franchise history. His 469th extra-base hit tied Darryl Strawberry for second on the club's all-time list. David Wright (658) is first.
Smith is hitting .273 (12-for-44) with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs in 12 games this month. The 22-year-old leads the Mets with 18 RBIs since making his Major League debut on Aug. 11.
Rosario is 6-for-10 (.600) in three games since missing six contests with swelling in his right index finger. Over his last 19 games, the 21-year-old is batting .313 with two homers, four RBIs and eight runs scored.
Harvey (5-5) has surrendered 14 runs on 18 hits and five walks with five strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings (12.20 ERA) in three starts since returning from the disabled list.
Tomas Nido flied out to right in the ninth in his first big league at-bat.
Highlights from the game...
The Mets (63-82) will try and avoid the series sweep by the Cubs (79-66) at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8 p.m. on SNY.
Seth Lugo (6-4, 4.64 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) closes the series in Chicago coming off his first scoreless outing of 2017. The right-hander blanked the Reds for six innings last Friday at Citi Field to earn his first win since July 25. Lugo has not allowed a run in two relief appearances against the Cubs spanning four innings.
Mike Montgomery (5-8, 3.64 ERA 1.27 WHIP) takes the mound looking to snap a personal two-game losing streak. The southpaw allowed four runs in two innings of a 15-2 loss to the Brewers last Saturday. Montgomery surrendered three runs in six innings during a no-decision against the Mets on June 14.