Harvey is coming off a rough start -- at least by his standards -- against Miami, having allowed three runs in a 110-pitch effort over 5 2/3 innings. All three of his outings this season in which he has failed to complete six innings have come at Marlins Park.
Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey has a 1.97 ERA against everyone other than Miami this season.
Harvey has a 3.52 ERA in four starts against Miami this season. He has a 1.97 ERA against the rest of baseball.
At 7:10 p.m., Harvey opposes right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40 ERA), who moved up a day because Tyler Chatwood is dealing with a hamstring issue. Chatwood, who was due to start the series opener, instead will attempt to pitch Thursday with two extra days of rest opposite Dillon Gee.
Mike Puma in the Post notes the fans clamoring over Flores is a clear indication of the lack of position-player prospects in the upper levels of the minors, as opposed to pitching with Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and others. Writes Puma:
It gets trickier in trying to identify the position players within the system who can potentially help the Mets anytime soon. There is Travis d’Arnaud, still projected as a top-tier catching prospect, and maybe Flores, provided the Mets find a position for him. Then the drop off is noticeable.
“It’s not as plentiful as the pitching options we have, that is for sure,” general manager Sandy Alderson said.
Alderson agreed with the assessment d’Arnaud and Flores are the immediate hopes from within the system, among non-pitchers.
“Until [Monday] we might have mentioned some additional players,” Alderson said, referring to outfielder Cesar Puello’s 50-game suspension for his Biogenesis involvement.
The Mets plan to return to a six-man rotation at that point. That means next week that Mejia will pitch Monday at Dodger Stadium, followed by Harvey on Tuesday and Gee on Wednesday. In San Diego, it would be Jeremy Hefner on Thursday, followed by Zack Wheeler and then back to Niese and Mejia. Harvey would pitch the Aug. 19 makeup game at Minnesota.
• Francisco Pena’s three-run homer wasn’t enough as Las Vegas lost at Memphis, 5-3. Cory Vaughn produced six RBIs in Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep of Altoona. Read the full minor league recap here.
USA TODAY SportsJordany Valespin and Cesar Puello accepted 50-game suspensions.
Barbara Barker in Newsday gets reaction to Valdespin and Puello’s suspensions. "It's going to be tough when they come back," said Marlon Byrd, who was suspended 50 games last season while maintaining he unwittingly took a banned substance. "The hard part isn't all this. The hard part is walking to your car with your kids and having someone yell 'steroids' at you. But if you want to play this game, you just have to move past all that. It's not easy."
Byrd has maintained his innocence. “Our situations are not the same,” he told the Daily News. “He was trying to cheat and I wasn’t.” Read more in the Post.