For a franchise that is desperate to for good news, its hard to find more of that good news than the Mets did on Tuesday in Atlanta. In the first game of a doubleheader, Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and racked up 13 strikeouts. The bullpen was able to hold the lead and Harvey earned the win. If that was not enough to make Mets fans smile, Zack Wheeler followed up Harvey’s performance by striking out seven through six scoreless innings in his major league debut as the Mets won again. Wheeler hit 97 on the radar gun most of the night, but it looks even faster to hitters because he hides the ball and it jumps on them. Wheeler is going to need to be more efficient with his pitches moving forward, but there is no doubt that he has the stuff be in the majors right now.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
- Jarrod Parker allowed two runs over seven innings against the Rangers Tuesday as the Athletics won in Texas. Parker’s ERA over his last five starts is 2.04. Parker had a miserable start to the season, but he has turned in quality starts in each of he last eight starts.
- Matt Kemp (hamstring) continues to progress in his rehab and is running at 75 percent without pain, but has yet to run the bases. This is according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti when he was a guest on Sirius XM MLB Network.
- Clay Buchholz (neck) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with neck stiffness. Buchholz threw a bullpen session between doubleheader games on Tuesday and was still experiencing issues with his neck.
- Paul Goldschmidt hit the game winning home run on Tuesday night as the Diamondbacks got past the Marlins 3-2. Goldschmidt has been struggle the past couple weeks, but overall he is having a great year for the D’Backs and fantasy owners.
- Evan Gattis (oblique) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right strained oblique muscle. Gattis injured himself on Monday night when he swung the bat in the 7th inning. Gattis has been a great story this year, but in his past 11 games, Gattis was 2-for-26 slump.
- Mark Teixeira (wrist) was placed back on the 15-day disabled list because his wrist continues to be a problem for him. Since Teixeira returned from the DL, he has really struggled at the plate.
- Kevin Youkilis (back) will be out 10-12 weeks to undergo back surgery. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk and it will not be surprising if his time in the Bronx is over.
- Kevin Gregg continues to be perfect as the Cubs closer. After converting a save on Tuesday night in the Cubs victory, he is 10-for-10 in save chances. All Cubs fans were very happy to see Gregg, not Carlos Marmol, is the right guy for the job.