One might have assumed that
But one might have assumed wrong.
Harvey needed to be on top of his game Saturday night against Dodgers stud Zack Greinke, but he was at the bottom. He gave up seven hits and walked five in five innings, leading to three runs. He fanned four along the way.
The right-hander, whose record fell to 7-6, gave up a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez and RBI single to Alberto Callaspo in a fifth inning that all but doomed his team to defeat.
Harvey allowed an RBI single to Brandon Phillips in the fifth inning for his only blemish.
The game was suspended due to rain, and will be concluded prior to the scheduled game on Sunday afternoon.
Alderson also said the team will go to a six-man rotation for the "foreseeable future," as Matz will join a rotation that features
"They're on board," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per NJ.com. "As Sandy alluded to, certainly this is in their best interest, a few of them. At the time we did it before things were moving pretty good, guys were pitching pretty well. We went back, we changed it, couple guys didn't pitch all that good even on regular rest.
"They understand we're going to give this a shot, we're going to take a good strong look at it. It's to benefit the whole organization, basically, so that we look up and everybody is pitching. We're not pushing guys back, we're not skipping, guys are out there and competing. That's what they want to do."
Matz's arrival means Niese will get bumped from Sunday to Tuesday against the Cubs.
Matz, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 33) and MLB.com (No. 66), went 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas. He totaled 94 strikeouts in 90 1/3 innings.
Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2012, the left-hander is 24-20 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 365 2/3 innings. He is striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings in his career.
"I know our bullpen was pretty tired," Harvey said, per MLB.com, "so I had to start finding the zone a little bit more, start attacking a little bit better, and I was able to do that."
Harvey (7-5) was outdueled by Julio Teheran, as the Mets were able to muster all of one hit in support of their right-hander.
This makes back-to-back strong outings for Harvey, who had been looking more human recently. Harvey still sports a very fine 3.18 ERA this year.
"I think the work that we've been doing in between starts is definitely paying off," Harvey said. "[I] just have to keep that rolling, keep that going. [My] body feels great, everything feels fine right now."
He'll to continue the strong pitching in his next start, scheduled for Saturday at home against the Reds.
Harvey was on point from the start and only gave up four hits. He struck out six batters and didn't allow a walk during his time on the mound. This was a much better outing than his previous start, when he gave up seven earned runs.
Harvey now has a 3.32 ERA this season.
His next start is projected for Sunday against the Braves.
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