Mets starter Matt Harvey helped his own cause during his start on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He put himself in a 2-0 hole after surrendering a two-run home run to David Peralta in the first inning, so he decided to get both runs back with his own stick.
With a runner on first base and two outs in a 2-1 game in the fifth inning, Harvey slugged a first pitch, 93 MPH fastball from Patrick Corbin over the fence in left-center field at Citi Field. Peralta, in left field, immediately waved to signal for a replay review, as a fan had reached over the railing above the fence to catch the ball. However, Harvey’s home run stood upon replay review, giving the right-hander his first career home run.
Harvey is the second Mets pitcher to have gone yard this year, joining Noah Syndergaard. He wound up with the win as well on Saturday, improving to 8-6 with seven innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Patrick Corbin will start for the Diamondbacks on Saturday against the Rockies. Corbin underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last year and hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 2013.
In 17 innings over four rehab appearances between Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile, Corbin allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and seven walks with 11 strikeouts.
Corbin, 25, made the NL All-Star team in 2013 and finished with a 3.41 ERA with a 178/54 K/BB ratio in 208 1/3 innings.
According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced today that right-handers Trevor Cahill and Chase Anderson have claimed the final two spots in the starting rotation. They’ll join Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter as well as offseason acquisitions Jeremy Hellickson and Rubby De La Rosa.
Daniel Hudson, who has missed much of the last three seasons with two Tommy John surgeries, was in the the mix for a rotation spot this spring and has compiled a 4.22 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings while showing good velocity. However, his workload would be limited as a starter and Hudson told Gilbert that the decision to move him to the bullpen was a “mutual” one.
Anderson, 27, posted a 4.01 ERA and 105/40 K/BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings across 21 starts as a rookie last season. Cahill had a rough 5.61 ERA across 17 starts and 14 relief appearances last season, but he’s still owed $12 million this season and has changed his mechanics in hopes of better results.
While this is the rotation the D-Backs will go with to begin the season, it should have a very different look as the year moves along. Arms like Randall Delgado, Allen Webster, and Vidal Nuno linger as alternatives. Archie Bradley is under consideration for the final bullpen spot with the big club, but he’s likely to head back to Triple-A to pitch as a starter in hopes of making an impact in the rotation this season. Patrick Corbin and Bronson Arroyo are in rehab mode from Tommy John surgery and could be ready to rejoin Arizona’s rotation around midseason.
Read more about the Diamondbacks in my 2015 season preview.