Due to Monday night’s postponement, Seth Lugo’s Tuesday start was skipped. However, he was available to pitch out of the bullpen. Together, Lugo and Matt Harvey combined for one of the best pitching performances of the young season last night.
Harvey began the evening with a fairly dominant outing. Manager, Mickey Callaway took him out after tossing 86 pitches over five innings and until A.J. Ramos took over, Harvey had a near perfect outing.
In addition to his ability to keep runners off the basepaths, he racked up 5 strikeouts. Throwing strikeouts has been somewhat of an issue for Harvey lately. Harvey closed out the 2017 season with eight consecutive outings with three strikeouts or fewer.
Over his last 20 outings, including last night, Harvey recorded five strikeouts or more just eight times. The scoreless outing was another rare occurrence for Harvey as it was just the 3rd time he didn’t give up a run in an outing since the start of the 2016 season.
Lugo came in to start the seventh inning and had just as good an outing, if not better. He came in with the Mets leading 2-0 and just needed 22 pitches to record two perfect innings in relief.
He also struck out four Phillies batters, bringing the total Mets strikeouts up to ten for the evening. The Mets have recorded ten or more strikeouts in three of their four games this season.
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As for Harvey and Lugo, the two combined for nine strikeouts over six scoreless, one hit innings. The two offered a glimpse at what could become a well deserved season for both.