Harvey pitched well despite losing his last start against the Giants, allowing two earned runs and four hits in six innings. Harvey’s 18 strikeouts are the most by any Met pitcher in his first two starts of his career and he owns a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio over his first two starts.
Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08 ERA) will start for the Padres today.
Marquis has been up and down since being acquired by the Padres in early June, going 4-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 11 starts, allowing nine home runs in 68 1/3 innings over that span. Marquis is 6-7 with a 4.58 ERA in 25 appearances and 18 starts in his career against the Mets.
Harvey didn't quite have the same fastball command in his last start that he did in his first start. He also had to battle some defensive miscues behind him which he was able to accomplish successfully. How? He showed outstanding command of his change-up, which he believes is his second best pitch. But even without that great fastball command, he had outstanding velocity and movement and was still able to greatly differentiate that against his off-speed pitches. His ability to limit the damage in those conditions indicates his poise on the mound which, considering his age and experience level, is extremely unusual.