Although Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda have had stretches when they've appeared to be almost unhittable, both will be looking to bounce back following pedestrian performances their last time out.
Harvey will try to lead the New York Mets to rare consecutive wins against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night at Citi Field.After snapping an eight-game home skid with Sunday's win over Atlanta, the Mets (19-29) rallied for a 2-1 win in the opening game of this year's Subway Series on Monday. A third straight victory would match a season high for the Mets, who haven't won two in a row against their crosstown rivals since a three-game run in 2010.Monday's loss dropped the Yankees (30-20) to 3-4 on an eight-game road trip and into second place in the AL East, one game behind surging Boston.David Wright hit his first home run at Citi Field this year and Daniel Murphy delivered the winning hit in the eighth as the Mets won for only the fourth time in 15 meetings in the Subway Series since that three-game streak.The third baseman is 9 for 23 with two homers in his last six games against the Yankees, and is hitting .353 in 17 career at-bats against Kuroda."We Harv going tomorrow, it provides us some momentum," Wright said. "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 (5-0, 1.93 ERA) has been one of baseball's best pitchers, but only has one win in his last six starts with the Mets providing 11 total runs of support during that span.He had his worst outing of the season Wednesday against Cincinnati, allowing four runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 7-4 loss.The right-hander has been outstanding against AL opponents this season, striking out 18 and yielding one run and three hits in 17 innings while leading the Mets to wins over Minnesota and Chicago.Opponents are batting a major league-worst .169 versus Harvey.Kuroda (6-3, 2.67) has been the Yankees' most reliable starter, though his most recent outing was one he'd rather forget.He was hit in the right calf by a Manny Machado line drive in the second inning of a 6-3 loss at Baltimore on Wednesday. Kuroda, who stayed in the game before leaving in the third, allowed a season-high five runs and eight hits -- including two homers -- over two-plus innings."When I tried to move my feet, I felt it a little bit," said Kuroda, who had gone 6-1 with a 1.73 ERA over his previous eight starts.Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings in a 9-1 win over the Mets in the Bronx on June 8, but is 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA in four career road starts against them.Shortstop Jayson Nix went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the opener and is 6 for 10 in his last five games against the Mets.