The Mets will open the second half with Jeremy Hefner, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey facing the Phillies at Citi Field next weekend.PITTSBURGH -- Terry Collins has announced that Jeremy Hefner will start the second-half opener next Friday at Citi Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hefner has limited opponents to two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. However, the Mets are 3-6 this season when Hefner pitches at least six innings and allows two runs or fewer, according to Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information.
Wheeler -- whose innings will be capped at about 180 this season, a 30-inning jump from 2012 -- already has completed his first half, having dominated the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday at AT&T Park. Wheeler has logged 96 2/3 innings this season between the majors and minors.
Harvey should have 14 second-half starts, Collins said earlier this week. The Sunday duty against the Phillies will come five days after his expected All-Star Game start.