Harvey's record-setting night came not a moment too soon, as the Mets have dropped each of their four series since the All-Star break, with two wins in 13 games.Harvey delivered 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and three walks while becoming the first player since 1900 to strike out 10 and record two hits in his first Major League game. His 11 K's were also a Mets record for a debuting pitcher, a testament to his approach against the unsuspecting D-backs. "When you're facing a guy who's making his Major League debut, you're kind of licking your chops a little bit," D-backs outfielder Jason Kubel said. "But that wasn't the case today. Hopefully he would be a little amped and miss his spots and leave some balls out over the plate, but he just didn't do that." Jon Niese will try to keep the momentum going for the Mets. The left-hander is coming off his second consecutive quality start on Sunday. After holding the Dodgers to three runs on eight hits in seven innings, Niese has a 3.59 ERA and enters Friday's game with one loss in his last three starts. Throw out a July 8 drubbing to the Cubs, who tagged him for seven runs, and Niese is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA since June 22 (eight ER in 35 1/3 innings). Opposing Niese at Chase Field will be Josh Collmenter, who allowed two runs in six innings against the Astros on Sunday and is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in July. After going 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA in four April starts, Collmenter has recorded a 1.51 ERA.
D-backs: Wheeler adjusting to the bigs
Since his promotion from Triple-A Reno on Friday, D-backs third baseman Ryan Wheeler has admittedly experienced more changes off the field than on it in his first Major League stint.
Just after the Trade Deadline passes on Tuesday, a contingent of D-backs front office executives will spend a week in Japan promoting the Arizona franchise and visiting several baseball landmarks across the country.Club president and CEO Derrick Hall, general manager Kevin Towers and special assistant to the president/CEO Luis Gonzalez will headline the group of representatives making the tour that will last until Aug. 7. The trip will include meetings with the Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner's Office, MLB Japan and public appearances at the Major League Baseball Road Show in the tsunami-affected town of Ishinomaki. "The D-backs have always had a presence in Japan, and we consider our franchise to be a truly global brand," Hall said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to expand the club's reach, renew our friendships and have a lasting impact in the community abroad."
Mets: Johnson-Harvey battery stays intact
Rob Johnson joined the Mets on Thursday in part because they want some offense from their backup catcher. Mike Nickeas wasn't hitting. Johnson might.
Collins confirmed that Jeremy Hefner will remain in the rotation, making his second start Monday in San Francisco. Hefner struck out seven over six innings Wednesday against the Nationals, allowing three runs (two earned). He should remain a starter until Johan Santana is ready to return from the disabled list, likely early next month.