The Cardinals did not face Mets ace Matt Harvey when the teams played a four-game series at Busch Stadium last month. They will not miss Harvey this week at Citi Field.
The 24-year-old right-hander will oppose Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a Thursday matinee matching two pitchers in contention to start the All-Star Game.
Harvey, in his second season, has emerged as one of the National League's most dominant starters. Armed with a fastball that averages 95.4 mph -- tied with Stephen Strasburg for the game's fastest -- Harvey has started 5-0 with a 2.10 ERA. He has limited opponents to two runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts and only twice has he given up as many as four runs.
Seeing the youngster start against the team with the majors' best record should get plenty of media attention in New York. It likely will be the only game in the three-game series to generate much buzz.
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