Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 4/8/13
It’s too early to jump on the bandwagons of Matt Harvey and Roy Halladay, tonight’s starters in the Mets-Phillies game in Philadelphia. Yes, Harvey is one of the Mets’ prized jewels and was tremendous in last week’s start against San Diego, and made a strong first impression last season in ten starts. Add them up and he has 11 major league starts. He’s shown signs of poise and of being the real deal, but the Hall of Fame is a little premature. Halladay was hammered in his first start and had a rocky spring training. But, he’s still Halladay and it is always premature to write-off a veteran of his caliber. Great pitchers, of which Halladay has been, often have a finishing kick in their careers. Mike Mussina won his 20th in the final game of his career. Andy Pettitte and David Cone had their prime time moments. I’ll refrain from mentioning Roger Clemens. Here’s the lineup the Mets will start behind Harvey: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF: Makes his first start in the leadoff slot, the fourth used by the Mets in their seventh game. Terry Collins is still searching. Had key hit Sunday and hustled into second on the throw to put himself in position to score the winning run. Daniel Murphy, 2B: Murphy is hitting the ball hard, making the argument for a shorter spring training. Has driven in six runs. David Wright, 3B: Hitting .300 with three RBI. Still searching to drive the ball as he has only one extra-base hit. Ike Davis, 1B: Off to a slow start at .136. Wondering when he might start thinking of last year’s slow start. Has hit .175 the last two years in April. Marlon Byrd, RF: Delivered the game-winning hit Sunday. Is 3-6 with RISP. Lucas Duda, LF: Has team-high six walks which is his best offensive stat. John Buck, C: Buck leads team at .400 and nine RBI. Ruben Tejada, SS: His hustle going first-to-third Sunday set the table for ninth-inning rally. Matt Harvey, RHP: Has three double-digit strikeout games in the first 11 career starts.      
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