NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Matt Harvey knows the Subway Series as well as anybody.
The Connecticut kid, who grew up a Yankees fan, says he often made the trip to catch the New York rivalry in person.
Now he’s wearing a Mets cap, and it’s all about the orange and blue. He’ll get a chance to notch a win against his childhood team Tuesday when the Mets take on the Yankees at Citi Field.
“We need wins, that’s the biggest thing. It doesn’t matter who’s stepping in the box or who we’re playing against,” Harvey said Monday. “We need these wins. We need to get on a roll. That’s the biggest focus. It just so happens to be the Yankees. If we can get a couple wins out of this or a sweep, then that’s what we need.”
The Mets took the Subway Series opener 2-1 on Monday.
“We have Harv going (Tuesday), it provides us some momentum,” said Mets captain David Wright. “If we’re going to climb our way back into the thing and start heading towards .500 we’re going to have to win these close games … hopefully we can ride this momentum into tomorrow with Matt’s start.”
Harvey has been the talk of the town, one of the few bright spots on the struggling Mets. The 24-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA this season.
The Yankees will counter with the reliable Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67), who left his last start early with a bruised calf.
Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells said Harvey has “electric stuff.” Joe Girardi agreed, and even praised the pitcher’s abilities in the batter’s box.
“I actually watched his first start on TV last year and was very impressed,” the Yankees manager said. “I have a friend who’s a Mets fan. I said, ‘You know what, the other thing is, this kid can hit.’ I was not only impressed with his pitching. I said, ‘Man, he’s got some kind of swing.’”
Monday’s matchup was the first of four straight Subway Series games — two in Queens, then two in the Bronx starting Wednesday.
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