Mets Series Preview: Mets head to Arizona to finish roadtrip

By Ryan Punzalan
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May 18, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) is greeted in dugout by teammates between innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday, June 4

Matt Harvey (5-3, 3.11 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (3-3, 5.08 ERA)

If I told you that Matt Harvey’s last win was over a month ago, would you have believed me? Well, that’s unfortunately true. After cruising to five straight wins to start the 2015 campaign, Harvey has gone the last five starts without notching a win, despite tossing two starts of scoreless ball.

After picking up a four innings beating against the Pirates on May 23, Harvey pitched eight innings in his last start against the Marlins, striking out 11 batters, but gave up four runs in the loss.

This will be Harvey’s third career start against the Diamondbacks, with a career 1-1 record and a 3.91 ERA. Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt is 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against the Dark Knight.

After starting the season on a rough patch, Jeremy Hellickson has slowly improved his arsenal, picking up two wins in his previous two starts. He isn’t overpowering his opponents, but has done enough to reduce his hits allowed since his May 8 start against the Padres where he allowed eight hits.

Hellickson has only faced the Mets and it was in 2012 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately for Hellickson, the Mets greeted him by driving in eight runs off nine hits in only 3 2/3 inning. They’ll look to replicate these numbers against him once more.

Next: Friday evening's matchup in Arizona