One of the best first-half stories of the MLB season has been Matt Harvey of the New York Mets. He’s been lighting up the National League in his first season as a full-fledged starter in the big leagues. Even though the Mets aren’t very good (and that is being generous), Harvey’s starts are must-watch television. He’ll take to the mound on Wednesday evening when his Mets face Arizona at Citi Field in the third of a four-game set. Lucky for baseball fans, they’ll be able to watch this game on ESPN’s broadcast of Wednesday Night Baseball.
Arizona Diamondbacks @ New York Mets
MLB Odds: Mets -200
Harvey (7-1, 2.00) was marvelous once again in his last outing, allowing a run on three hits over seven innings, and his 11-strikeout effort was his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. Still, the bullpen let him down as Harvey took a no-decision in a 6-4 loss to Washington at home, and it was his fifth non-decision of the year in a start where Harvey has allowed one earned run or less. Harvey has to be one of the frontrunner for the National League’s Rookie of the Year award, and if he continues this, he could be the second pitcher in history to win the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards, joining Fernando Valenzuela. It isn’t out of the question; Harvey has shutdown stuff and he seems to love having the pressure on him, because his team isn’t helping him that much. Harvey has a win in his lone start against Arizona, in which he struck out 11 batters, and despite a 2-1 record in 11 home starts, he has a 1.77 ERA at Citi Field.
The Diamondbacks will counter with Randall Delgado (0-2, 4.05), who has dropped two straight starts after a 3-0 loss in Atlanta. Delgado lasted six innings, giving up a pair of runs on eight hits with the same number of walks and strikeouts (three), and he has yet to get into the win column in four starts in 2013, but he hasn’t pitched that badly. He’ll be making his second start against the Mets as he used to play for Atlanta, and he has a victory in his only start, giving up three runs in 5.1 innings of work. On the road this season, Delgado is 0-1 in two games (one start) with a 4.50 ERA.
Heading into Tuesday’s matchup (the Mets won Monday’s opener 5-4 in 13 innings), Arizona has the upper hand over the Mets in their last 20 meetings, winning 11 of those games, although the Mets have did take five of eight meetings in 2012. In the Big Apple, the Diamondbacks have dropped seven of their last 10 visits, with seven of those games going over the posted total.
Harvey has been pitching out of his mind over the first half, and it reminds some of the excitement Stephen Strasburg generated when he made his debut with the Nationals. He has been consistently good, giving up more than two earned runs in just three of his 17 starts this season. Roll with the Mets on the baseball betting lines on Wednesday.