Sunday, July 21, 2013

Game #94: Mets 5, Phillies 0

Zack Wheeler needed control yesterday. He should take lessons from Matt Harvey.

Harvey struck out 10 in seven spectacular innings, and home runs by David Wright, Marlon Byrd, and Juan Lagares powered the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Phillies.

The Good Stuff:
  • Matt Harvey's final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K, 112 pitches. Enough said.
  • David Wright and Marlon Byrd hit back-to-back home runs off Cliff Lee in the 1st inning, as Wright's hit barely cleared the fence in the Party City Deck, while Byrd's soared all the way to the second deck.
  • Juan Lagares added three more runs with his second career homer in the 4th.
  • Scott Atchison had a successful return to game action, pitching two scoreless innings of relief to preserve the shutout.
The Bad Stuff:
Final Analysis:
Forget the headlines, forget all his extracurricular activities. When Matt Harvey pitches like that, he can do whatever he wants. That was some All-Star pitching.

It was asked yesterday how much Juan Lagares would need to hit in order to warrant a spot in the Mets' future. Since the beginning of June, when he started seeing more regular playing time, he has hit over .300 with an OPS near .750. I'd say with his glove, that's a good enough bat to make him the center fielder of the future. We'll see if he can keep it up during the rest of the season, but things are looking awfully good.


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