Injuries, Harvey's struggles mar Mets' eighth straight win

By on April 20, 2015


Eight is not such a lucky number for the Mets. Sure, they pulled out a 7-6 win over the Marlins Sunday in front of a rowdy crowd for their eighth straight win, but ace Matt Harvey struggled and the team suffered two huge injuries.

Travis d’Arnaud, who began the season hitting .289, left the game with a fractured hand after being hit by an A.J. Ramos’ pitch. In the top of the seventh, left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, who had retired all 13 lefties he faced this season, suffered a fractured forearm after being pegged by a Dee Gordon line-drive.

After the game Terry Collins indicated Kevin Plawekci would likely be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace d’Arnaud.

“Can he handle it here?” said Collins. “We’ll likely find out.”

He also said Harvey arrived at the ballpark “extremely sick,” and thinks he has strep throat.

With eight victories in a row, the Mets (10-3) are in the midst of their longest winning streak since June 10-18 2010. It was the first time the Mets have swept the Marlins (3-10) in a four-game series ever, but it may go down as the point in the season when the good vibes left the 2015 Mets.

The Mets were already scrambling for lefties in the bullpen after Josh Edgin went down to an elbow injury in spring training. Both Alex Torres and Sean Gilmartin have yet to earn the trust that Blevins had, but the Mets do not have many options.

They do have options at catcher. Kevin Plawecki, the much-hyped prospect, is hitting .222 with six RBI with Las Vegas. He was pulled from Sunday’s game, a sign he may be heading East. Johnny Monell is hitting .353 with a homer in 17 at-bats in Triple-A.

Either way, there will be changes coming to a team that seemed to be changing the perception of the Mets

Harvey went six innings, plus three batters into the seventh. He allowed four runs on eight hits. Harvey struck out seven and did not issue a walk.

Harvey had given up a run in the second on J.T. Realmuto groundball force out at third. The Marlins scored their second on Giancarlo Stanton’s liner past Tejada in the sixth, scoring Dee Gordon, who had led off the inning with a single. Harvey got out of that inning by coaxing a groundball out to shortstop from Mike Morse.

But he could not get out of the seventh.

To start the seventh gave up three straight singles, including Adeiny Hechavarria’s RBI line-drive to right, to open the seventh inning, closing the Mets lead to 7-3, signaling the end of his day after just 84 pitches.

Blevins got two outs in the seventh before he was pegged in the left forearm by Gordon’s line-drive and had to to leave the game. Alex Torres came in to came in to strike out Christian Yelich, but not before his wild pitch allowed J.T. Realmuto to score the fourth run charged to Harvey.

The Mets rallied for seven runs in the fourth, chasing Marlins starter Tom Koehler. Granderson broke and 0-of-r12 slump with a line-drive single to center to start it off. Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Dudal followed with singles to load the bases. Eric Campbell struck out on three pitches, but Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares came through with back-to-back RBI singles. Koehler walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who started for Michael Cuddyer, with the bases loaded for a third run and Ruben Tejada, starting for Wilmer Flores, cleared the bases with a fly-ball double to left-center. In his second at-bat of the inning, d’Arnaud lined a single into center to drive in the seventh run

Buddy Carlyle gave up two runs in the eight to cut the Mets lead to a run. Jury Familia earned his sixth save.

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