That’ll be easier said than done, though.
After Saturday’s dramatics, the Phillies (36-39) now shift their focus on New York’s stud 24-year-old starter Matt Harvey.
Here are some nuggets on just how dominant Harvey has been this season:
• Harvey is 6-1, leads the NL in strikeouts (115), WHIP (0.90), opponents’ batting average (.193), opponents’ on-base percentage (.241), opponents’ slugging percentage (.261), and is third in ERA (2.16)
• Harvey has taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning three times this season
• Harvey has four double-digit strikeout games, which leads the NL
• Harvey has given up more than three earned runs in a start this season just twice, and both times, he allowed four earned runs
• According to FanGraphs, Harvey’s average fastball velocity is best in baseball (95.5)
The right-hander has also had success against the Phillies. In three starts versus the Phils, Harvey is 2-0 with 22 strikeouts and a 1.77 ERA. The last time he saw them, it was on April 8 at Citizens Bank Park in which Harvey delivered this line for a win: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
Heading into Sunday, active Phillies are collectively hitting .145 against Harvey. However, it’s a small sample size.
Charlie Manuel’s club is also fresh off an eight-run outburst from Saturday and multiple Phillies are swinging the bat well.
Ryan Howard bashed two home runs in Saturday’s win and is batting .439 (18 for 41, 4 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI) over his last 11 games, including seven multi-hit games. Michael Young has two homers in his previous three games and is hitting .389 (21 for 54) since June 8. Ben Revere is also riding a quiet 12-game hitting streak (.407, 22 for 54). Since May 1, Revere is batting .327 over his 46 games, which is the second-best average among all major-league centerfielders over that period, trailing only Mike Trout.
For the Phillies, John Lannan takes the mound to oppose Harvey. In his career against the Mets (29-42), Lannan has 12 starts with a 5-4 record and a 3.46 ERA.
The Phillies are 10-2 in their last 12 games versus New York. If the Phillies win Sunday, it’ll mark their 20th victory against NL East opponents thus far.
Here are today’s lineups:
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Michael Young, 3B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. Ben Revere, CF
8. Humberto Quintero, C
9. John Lannan, P
1. Eric Young Jr., LF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Marlon Byrd, RF
5. Josh Satin, 1B
6. John Buck, C
7. Juan Lagares, CF
8. Omar Quintanilla, SS
9. Matt Harvey, P