Matt Harvey had another uneven performance and the Braves' pitching blanked the Mets, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- New York could not figure out Atlanta right-hander Matt Wisler, who pitched eight innings of one-hit ball to win his first start of the year.
- Asdrubal Cabrera had the only hit for the Mets, a one-out single in the fifth.
- Harvey struggled with consistency yet again, allowing three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against one of the weakest offenses in the league. After pitching four scoreless innings, he allowed Mallex Smith's first career home run in the fifth inning and then two more runs in the sixth. He walked two, struck out four and also threw two wild pitches.
- Harvey has struck out more than four batters just once through his first six starts. After scoring four times and hitting three home runs in the bottom of the first on Monday,
- the Mets have been held scoreless for 16 consecutive innings and have scored in just two of their last 27 frames.
- Harvey on his struggles: "I'm giving up more hits, more runs, more everything than I ever have… "I think there's just a lot of things going on. Right now, I'm not feeling good with my mechanics, not feeling good throwing the ball. It's frustrating. I think I've said it before: I'm the one who's most frustrated here about what's going on. It's been a frustrating start, but we have a long way to go."
- Terry Collins on Harvey: "As it gets a little nicer and a little bit warmer, maybe we'll kind of make a determination if the arm strength is going to come back or if it's going to be one of those years where due to all the innings last year that we're going to see the effects of it."
- Collins on the quiet bats: "I thought we hit some balls pretty good. But that's part of the game. Once in a while, people are standing in the right spots… "The kid pitched pretty good tonight, and you're going to run into that."
- Kevin Plawecki on the loss: "That's kind of the way the game goes sometimes. Tonight was just one of those nights. We had a lot of balls hit hard and hit them right to guys."
News and notes…
- The Mets were shut out for the second time this season.
- They dropped to 2-6 when the opposition scores first.
- New York is now 4-1 against Atlanta this year. The opposition is hitting .311 against Harvey this season, 46th among qualifying National League starters.
- Despite the loss, the Mets are 6-2 on their homestand and have won 14 of their last 18 overall.
The Mets (16-9) and the Braves (7-19) will meet in the rubber game of the three-game series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (3-1, 3.86 ERA) will take the hill against Braves right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27 ERA).