Citi Field might help Matt Harvey win All-Star start

Matt Harvey of the Mets pitches against the

Matt Harvey of the Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (June 28, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Matt Harvey is a strong candidate to start the All-Star Game and the fact that the game is at Citi Field only helps his cause, according to the man who will make that decision.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the National League in two weeks, said Tuesday in a radio interview "it's been pretty amazing how dominant" Harvey has been.

Speaking on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio channel, Bochy said where the game is played "should play a part, if all things are equal."

But it didn't sound like Harvey's campaign needs an extra boost.

"You look at Harvey, I don't think what team he's playing for," Bochy said. "This guy should be strongly considered to start the game. It hasn't been determined. That's how good he is."

Bochy said he was aware Harvey's final start falls right before the All-Star Game, which would have automatically eliminated him from starting. But Mets manager Terry Collins has made it clear the team is more than willing to switch around the rotation schedule to allow Harvey to start the All-Star Game.

 

Wright's lead grows

The odds of David Wright getting voted into the All-Star Game as a starter have received a boost.

With just two days remaining in fan voting, Major League Baseball announced that Wright's lead over San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval among National League third basemen grew. Wright has received 4,452,282 votes; Sandoval has 3,610,096.

Sandoval, who was voted in as the National League's starting third baseman over Wright last year, was activated from the disabled list last week.

 

Extra bases

After taxing their bullpen in their 13-inning win Monday, the Mets called up righthander Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Las Vegas. He's the first player in team history to wear No. 71. To make room, the team optioned corner infielder Zach Lutz to Las Vegas . . . Eric Young, primarily a leftfielder since joining the Mets last month, started at second base for the first time since 2011. That gave Daniel Murphy the day off. "He's like all of them," Collins said of Murphy. "Stinkin' out of gas." . . . Mike Piazza, Bernie Williams and Rickey Henderson have been added to the All-Star Game's celebrity softball game July 14 at Citi Field, MLB announced.

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