Harvey (2-0, 2.25 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (1-1, 3.18) at 1:10 p.m. ET Sunday at Citi Field.
The Mets enter the series finale having won seven straight games. It marks their longest winning streak since posting eight straight victories from June 10-18, 2010.
The team’s 9-3 start matches the second best through 12 games in franchise history. The franchise record is 10-2 in 2006.
Harvey was mortal in his last outing, allowing homers to Chase Utley and Cody Asche this past Tuesday. Still, Harvey limited the Philadelphia Phillies to three runs in six innings while logging 95 pitches.
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Jacob deGrom blanked the Marlins for seven innings and the Mets survived a rocky ninth inning from Carlos Torres to hold on for a 5-4 win on Saturday night. Dee Gordon capped a 5-for-5 night with a two-out, two-run single that pulled Miami within a run and chased Torres. Left-hander Alex Torres, wearing new protective headgear, entered and struck out Christian Yelich for his first major league save.DeGrom ran his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings and trimmed his season ERA to 0.93. The only damage against him this season came on a first-inning two-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman in deGrom’s season debut in Washington. DeGrom has a 1.43 career ERA at Citi Field.
His 2.48 ERA through 25 career starts is the third lowest in Mets history, trailing only Jerry Koosman (2.21) and Harvey (2.37).
The Mets are 6-0 at Citi Field, matching the best home start in franchise history. They were 6-0 at Shea Stadium to begin the 1985 season. Buoyed by postgame fireworks, Saturday’s attendance was announced at 41,844 -- a sellout.
Alex Torres' only previous professional save came in 2006, at the rookie level in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels. Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins were given the night off because of heavy recent workloads.
Alex Torres received his new protective headgear before Saturday’s game. The product, designed by isoBLOX, involves eight-ounce exterior padding, which goes over a standard Mets cap.Last year’s design, which Torres wore while playing for the San Diego Padres, involved a bulky one-piece cap with the padding inside.Torres opted to become the first major league pitcher to use the protective cap after watching then-Tampa Bay Rays teammate Alex Cobb get struck in the head with a line drive in 2013.
The reeling Marlins, who dropped to 3-9 with Saturday’s loss, had held a 30-minute players-only meeting before the game. It came a day after Giancarlo Stanton questioned the team’s tenacity. “The fire is not there, it seems like,” Stanton told reporters postgame Friday, according to the Miami Herald. “The game is nine innings. It’s not two, three [innings]. It doesn’t matter if it’s the fifth through the seventh, or the seventh through the ninth. It’s not two innings. It’s nine. We’re not playing nine. There’s no campfire to sit around and reminisce on things. We’ve got to play every night.”Stanton was left on deck when Yelich struck out for Saturday’s final out.
General manager Sandy Alderson, speaking at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State on Saturday, offered cautious optimism about the Mets. “I honestly do believe the Mets are resuscitated,” Alderson said, according to columnist George Willis in the Post. “We still may be lying on the floor, but we’re breathing. … The players we have and the staff we have are very pleased with the way we started, especially in the wake of injuries and suspensions. We’ll see if it continues. It can disappear just as easily at it appeared.”
Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post writes that he needed to stop reading “Baseball Maverick” -- the book chronicling Alderson’s “revival” of the Mets -- after 100 pages because it was too unrealistically positive. While not disparaging Alderson, Sherman notes a ton of the current success is attributable to predecessor Omar Minaya. The Mets had 16 homegrown players on their Opening Day roster (active and DL), tied with the Phillies for the most in the majors. Fifteen predated Alderson’s arrival as GM.
Columnist John Harper in the Daily News chronicles how deGrom rallied from a 3-0 count to strike out Stanton with two men on base and the Mets clinging to a 2-0 lead in the sixth. Read more at MLB.com.
Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on two hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 82 pitches in Las Vegas’ 17-4 win against Fresno. Travis Taijeron and Kevin Plawecki had five RBIs apiece. Chase Huchingson allowed a pair of ninth-inning runs and T.J. Rivera departed with an apparent hamstring pull as Binghamton lost to Harrisburg, 7-5. Akeel Morris recorded a six-out save and Michael Conforto and Matt Oberste homered as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers, 7-5. A four-run eighth against relievers Alberto Baldonado and Cameron Griffin lifted Charleston to a 6-4 win against Savannah. Read the full minor league recap here.
Vic Black’s rehab assignment continued on Saturday, now with Binghamton. Black allowed a leadoff double in a scoreless frame. Among the prerequisites for activation from a season-opening DL stint, Black still needs to pitch on consecutive days.
Jamal Collier at MLB.com looks at improvements with d’Arnaud at the plate and in the field. D’Arnaud again threw out Gordon attempting to steal Saturday. He has caught four of seven would-be base stealers and is hitting .289 with two homers and nine RBIs after going deep Saturday.
Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday researches whether spring training stats have any bearing on the regular season. He finds most correlation.
BIRTHDAYS: Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach/former Cy Young winner Frank Viola turns 55.
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