Matt Harvey probably had another 40 pitches in his right arm yesterday when a downpour soaked Citizens Bank Park and kept the Mets ace from pursuing a shutout. But Harvey’s performance over six innings was completely acceptable to his team: No runs allowed on two hits, leading the Mets to an 8-0 victory over the Phillies. Harvey (7-1, 2.05 ERA) struck out six and walked one batter over 72 pitches. He hit 100 mph in striking out Ben Revere to end the second inning. “Today was a good day,” Harvey said. “Obviously the velocity was there and I hit the corners pretty well. I knew with my best pitch,I was going to go out there and when we needed a big strikeout or a double play,I was fortunate enough that I was able to strike them out.” Once a 20-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh inning ended, manager Terry Collins decided it wasn’t worth the gamble of sending Harvey back to the mound. LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon then combined for three shutout innings as the Mets (30-42) won a second straight series, taking two of three games from the Phillies after going 3-2 in Atlanta last week. Collins is now pondering whether he should shuffle his rotation and let Harvey pitch on four days’ rest against the Nationals on Friday or just wait and let the right-hander take his normal turn on Saturday behind Dillon Gee. Harvey’s preference is to pitch Friday, and Collins seems to like the idea of splitting up his two power arms, Harvey and Zack Wheeler, while giving Gee extra rest by waiting until Saturday to pitch. The rookie Wheeler is set to start tomorrow against the White Sox and then face the Nationals on Sunday at Citi Field. Yesterday, Ryan Howard’s second-inning single and Chase Utley’s double in the fourth were the Phillies’ only hits against Harvey. “We’re going to get really tired of talking about how good this guy has got a chance of becoming,”Collins said.
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New York Post | Jun 24