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CWS@NYM: Collins breaks down Harvey's amazing start

Everybody's waiting for what Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will do next.

"It seems like every time we talk about this guy, it's something new," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Harvey's last start, a nine-inning, one-hit performance against the White Sox in which Harvey struck out a career-high 12.

Harvey returns to the mound Sunday after his last outing -- in which he became the first pitcher in the modern era to pitch nine innings with 12 or more strikeouts with no walks and only one hit in a no-decision -- in the series finale against the Pirates and Pittsburgh right-hander Jeanmar Gomez.

The 24-year-old Harvey has certainly given fans plenty to talk about during his first 17 career starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harvey is the first pitcher in last 100 years with at least 125 strikeouts and 25 or fewer earned runs allowed in his first 17 career starts.

And he's continuously getting better, considering his last outing was perhaps his best yet.

"The best thing he had going is that he had everything going," catcher John Buck said afterward. "I think what really set [the tone] was the location of his fastball right off the bat. … I was elevating up and in and going back down, low and away. He was locating his heater wherever and whenever I wanted."

The lone problem in Harvey's last start was the offense, which has sputtered -- especially at home. The Mets are 9-11 at home, going 76-for-381 with 30 runs in their last 12 home games, scoring three runs or fewer in 10.

They'll look to turn that around against Gomez, who earned a repeat start with his five shutout innings in a last-minute assignment Tuesday against Seattle. He is holding batters to a .222 average.

Pirates: Starling starting right
Left fielder and leadoff hitter Starling Marte is batting .567 (17-for-30) with three walks, two hit by pitches and 10 runs scored when leading off the first inning.

• Second baseman Neil Walker, on the disabled list with a right hand laceration, is eligible to be reinstated Sunday.

• Pittsburgh is 16-0 when leading after seven innings this season.

Mets: Wright keeps playing
Third baseman David Wright played and went 1-for-4 on Saturday, half a day after fouling a ball off the inside of his left foot.

• The Mets' bullpen is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in its last nine games.

Worth noting
• Pirates starters have a 1.54 ERA in their last five games.

• Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who sat Saturday for the fourth time in five games because of lingering stiffness in his neck, is one homer shy of 100 for his career. Comments