(Sports Network) - Roy Halladay appears as though he is entering the twilight
of his outstanding career.
Things are just getting started for youngster Matt Harvey.
Harvey looks to build on an impressive first victory of the season on Monday
night when his New York Mets begin a three-game series and lengthy road trip
versus Halladay's Philadelphia Phillies.
The 24-year-old Harvey went 3-5 with a 2.73 earned run average in 10 starts a
season ago to begin his major league career and he opened up the 2013 season
by recording the third double-digit strikeout game of his career with a
victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. He fanned 10 over seven
innings while scattering one hit and two walks over the scoreless outing.
"He's got a presence on the mound that not everyone has," said New York first
baseman Ike Davis. "I'll tell you what, I wouldn't like to hit against the
The right-handed Harvey faced the Phillies twice last season and was solid,
going 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 13 1/3 total innings.
Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard went 0-for-5 against him with three
The Phillies, meanwhile, are hoping that Halladay can bounce back tonight
after a rough season debut last Wednesday at the Atlanta Braves. The two-time
Cy Young Award winner lasted just 3 1/3 innings at damp Turner Field, though
nine of those outs were recorded by strikeout.
However, the 35-year-old righty yielded five runs on six hits, two homers and
three walks while getting denied his 200th career win.
"I'm frustrated. I should have gone deeper than that," Halladay said of his
short outing. "Obviously horrible conditions to pitch in. It made it no fun,
but that's no excuse."
Halladay struggled through a shoulder injury last season and went 11-8 with a
4.49 ERA. He also had some issues for a second straight Spring Training and
will seek the recapture the form that has led to him going 9-2 with a 2.86 ERA
in 12 career outings versus the Mets.
The Phillies hurler will be the first test for the Mets on an upcoming 10-game
road trip after they began the season by winning four of six at home over the
Padres and Miami Marlins. It marked the first time since 2006 that New York
began the season with consecutive series wins.
The Mets need to rally on Sunday to clinch the series over the Marlins as
Marlon Byrd smacked a two-run single in the ninth inning off Marlins closer
Steve Cishek in a 4-3 win.
"It feels nice to come through," Byrd said.
Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run and Anthony Recker added an RBI for New
The Phillies nearly rallied themselves on Sunday versus the Kansas City
Royals, but fell a run short in a 9-8 setback.
Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Laynce Nix later
hit a run-scoring single with two outs to pull Philadelphia within one.
However, following a wild pitch that put runners on second and third, Royals
reliever Kelvin Herrera struck out Erik Kratz swinging to end the game.
"We didn't tack on runs in the middle innings," said Phillies third baseman
Michael Young, who had four of his club's 15 hits. "We have to keep our foot
on the gas as the game goes on."
Philadelphia lost two out of three to the Royals, having won Saturday's game
when pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a game-winning three-run double in the
bottom of the ninth. The Phillies began the season by losing two of three in
The Mets won seven of their nine games in Philadelphia last season.
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