The New York Mets extended their home losing streak to eight games on Wednesday night after being defeated 3-2 by the Philadelphia Phillies. New York is now 4-23 at home in the second half, and making matters worse, they extended their miserable franchise record of having scored three runs of less at home to fifteen consecutive games. Let’s not forget. The loss also marked the clubs 82nd loss of the season, securing a fourth consecutive losing season.
FINISHING STRONG: Having not made a start in seven days, New York Mets rookie Matt Harvey showed no signs of rust Wednesday night, allowing one earned run on one hit, while striking out seven, over seven solid innings of work in his final start of the 2012 season. Despite his efforts, the 22-year-old rookie was rewarded with a no-decision as the Mets bullpen failed to secure a 2-1 lead:
After allowing a lead-off homer to Jimmy Rollins to start the game, Harvey faced the minimum amount of batters over the next five innings, including a stretch in which he retired 12 consecutive Phillies. In his only rough patch of the game, Harvey worked his way in and out of a first and second, one-out jam in the sixth by inducing Juan Pierre to ground into an inning ending double play. He ended his 2012 campaign by tossing a perfect seventh inning which was highlighted by back-to-back strikeouts of Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz on 97 MPH fastballs.
Following his outing, Harvey told reporters he is upset his season is coming to an end, saying:
“”There was definitely some excitement. I had some tingles. It was kind of a sad moment, I guess, because I knew I was done. …Part of the reason I don’t want to stop pitching is because I have so much fun with these guys. Even though we’re struggling right now, it’s still a big league ballclub. Being up here for the first time and getting to see how everyone plays the game every day, it’s been the biggest excitement for me. I’m going to miss it. The last two weeks are going to be tough.”
Mets manager Terry Collins added:
“With this being his last start, I wish we would have got a win for him. But Matt Harvey ought to spend the winter feeling pretty good about himself, the way he’s handled everything up here, the way he’s pitched. I thought tonight, the way the game started, he does what he always does — and that’s reach inside and compete. He certainly really, really pitched well tonight. He’s had an outstanding year. He should be very proud of himself.”
Harvey will end his 2012 campaign with a 3-5 record, allowing 42 hits, 26 walks and 70 punch outs over 59 1/3 innings of work, good for a 2.73 ERA. The 2.73 ERA is the fourth-best ERA for a Mets rookie making at least 10 starts:
MEATBALL: Josh Edgin, who had gone 16 appearances (spanning 11 innings) without allowing a run, served up a two-run jack to Ryan Howard in the top half of the ninth giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish. Gotta admit. I loved Edgin’s comments after the game, calling his 0-1 pitch a “meatball.” #classic
“That’s what he’s paid to do. He’s a big guy, paid to hit home runs. I gave him a meatball, so he’s going to do it.”
THE END IS NEAR: Jeremy Hefner will take on Tyler Cloyd in the series finale tomorrow night in Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. Also airing tomorrow night is the NY Giants vs. the Carolina Panthers. I’m thinking the Giants and the under, thoughts?