Dodgers Lose To Lowly Reds, 4-1

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He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as NY lost for the seventh time in eight games.

"We feel fortunate that we were able to add a veteran guy who's good in the clubhouse who can play a couple of days a week", said J.P. Ricciardi, a Mets special assistant.

The Reds have lost 14.1 units and are 13-14 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. Not one time did Matt Harvey ever make an excuse. The Mets announced last Friday that Harvey would be designated for assignment.

The Reds are 5-11 in their last 16 during game 1 of a series, 26-59 in their last 85 road games and 0-7 in their last 7 Thursday games.

Interim manager Jim Riggleman says Harvey could pitch a couple innings or the right-hander could go four, but he will be limited because of his lack of recent game competition.

Harvey is taking the rotation spot of a struggling Brandon Finnegan, who has been optioned to Triple-A Louisville. "We were saying, 'We hope we're in the mix'".

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As per Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News, the team's special assistant to the GM, J.P. Ricciardi had this to say about the deal, "I think we're fortunate that it happened to (work) out the way it did".

"We primarily looked at video and scouting reports as a pitcher", Williams said. "We made some calls to find some things out, but it was mainly mechanical". Mesoraco was batting.220 in 18 games with one homer and three RBIs, playing a backup role to Gold Glove victor Tucker Barnhart. Harvey pitched his way out of the Mets' rotation earlier this season after notching a 6.0 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP through four starts, and his time coming out of the bullpen didn't net positive results, either. His path in the majors has been similar to Mesoraco's. He started three games in center field, but has been used as a pinch hitter in each of the past three games.

Harvey succumbed to Tommy John surgery in October of 2013, missed the ensuing season, then returned to dominance in 2015, pitching deep into October despite stated preferences to restrict his innings with a reconstructed elbow.

It was a steep slide the last few years. The right-handed Mahle is 2-4 with a 4.35 ERA and 42 strikeouts. It was a split that seemed sealed last season but became a certainty when the 29-year-old Harvey went kicking and screaming to the bullpen when informed he was being removed from the starting rotation as a result of his terrible performances this season.

Reds hitters have slashed.240/.325/.370 on their way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.4 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team's last five contests (2-3 SU). "I'm looking forward to my opportunity".

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