Matt Harvey hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings, but he has no wins to show for it. That’s certainly not the case with A.J. Burnett’s recent dominance.
Harvey is looking for some offensive help opposite Burnett on Saturday when the New York Mets face the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Harvey (5-1, 1.98 ERA) is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three starts, getting one run of support in each outing. The bullpen didn’t help the right-hander in the last two games, blowing both saves while he tossed 15 innings with 18 strikeouts and three walks.
His overall scoreless streak is 2 1-3 innings shy of Jacob deGrom’s stretch from last month, the longest by a Met since R.A. Dickey went 32 2-3 in 2012.
Harvey fanned a season high-tying nine over eight innings before John Mayberry hit a walkoff single in the 14th of Monday’s 2-1 win over St. Louis.
"You’ve just got to hope we come up and score a run," Harvey told MLB’s official website. "You’ve got to take the win-loss thing out of the books and concentrate on cheering your teammates on in the bottom half of the inning, so we can score and get out of here a little earlier than we all imagined."
Run support has been an issue for several Mets (24-19) pitchers lately, with the team hitting .205 and scoring eight runs while losing three of four since Harvey’s last start. They were limited to six singles in Friday’s 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh (19-22), which won for only the second time in eight games.
Burnett (3-1, 1.38) may empathize with Harvey since he had a 1.45 ERA over his first five starts, but failed to record a win after being backed by five total runs. The 38-year-old right-hander, though, has received an average of 6.86 runs of support and won his last three starts with a 1.29 ERA.
He last won four straight starts from July 21-Aug. 5, 2012, during his first stint with the Pirates.
Burnett, who lost a career-high 18 games with Philadelphia last year, allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and a season-high five walks in seven innings of a 3-0 road win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
"Just trying to keep the ball down. I mean, that’s it," Burnett said. "Not get away from my game, try to keep to my strengths, no matter what the guys at the plate are trying to do."
He has a 9.00 ERA during a three-start losing streak against the Mets, but the Pirates have won six of the past eight home matchups.
Pittsburgh rookie Jung Ho Kang is 12 for 28 (.429) over the last seven home games to increase his average there to .357. He singled home Andrew McCutchen on Friday, improving to 9 for 21 in five games overall.
McCutchen is hitting .375 (12 for 37) with seven runs and six walks during a nine-game hitting streak versus the Mets.
New York’s Daniel Murphy has a 12-game hitting streak against the Pirates, compiling a .333 average after going 1 for 3 on Friday. He’s 6 for 18 with two doubles versus Burnett.