RHP Matt Harvey had what amounted to his worst start as a big leaguer Wednesday, when he allowed a career-high nine hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey preserved his unbeaten record, though, when the Mets came back to tie the game in the seventh. Harvey walked three and struck out six while throwing 116 pitches, his second-most of the season. He had allowed three runs or less in 16 straight starts, the longest active streak in the bigs and the fourth-longest streak in Mets history. Harvey allowed more than three earned runs just once in his first 19 career starts. He gave up five runs against the San Diego Padres in his third career outing last Aug. 5. Despite his "struggles" Wednesday, Harvey still possesses a 1.93 ERA and an 0.83 ERA.
RHP Zack Wheeler, the Mets' top prospect, allowed three runs in five innings in his start Wednesday for Triple-A Las Vegas. Wheeler missed his last start due to mild shoulder inflammation. He is expected to join the Mets at some point in June.
RHP Jeremy Hefner will again look to collect his first win of the season when he takes the mound Friday for the Mets in the opener of a three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field. Hefner is one of three pitchers in the National League with an 0-5 record along with teammate Shaun Marcum and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Josh Beckett. Hefner took the loss in his most recent start last Saturday, when he gave up four runs and five hits with two walks and three strikeouts over four innings in the Mets' 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In two previous appearances (one start) against the Braves, Hefner is 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA.
CF Rick Ankiel had one of his best games in years Wednesday, when he went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits and two RBIs in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Ankiel had an RBI double in the first, a double in the third and a game-tying RBI triple off the left field wall in the seventh. It was the fourth time in his career he's had three extra base hits but the first time since June 10, 2009, when he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Ankiel signed with the Mets on May 13 and is hitting .323 with seven extra-base hits and eight strikeouts in 31 at-bats after hitting .194 with eight extra-base hits and 35 strikeouts in 62 at-bats with the Astros.
1B Ike Davis may have hit rock bottom Wednesday, when he committed a costly fielding gaffe that led to three ninth-inning runs for the Reds in their 7-4 win over the Mets. Davis was in position to cleanly field Brandon Phillips' slow roller up the first base line, and perhaps save a run from scoring, but the ball kicked up chalk and Davis appeared to think it would go foul. He failed to lift his glove and the ball bounced over him and into right field as the tie-breaking run scored. Davis also went 0-for-2 with two walks at the plate and is now 1-for-38 in his last 10 games. He is hitting .147 overall with 49 strikeouts in 143 at-bats.