Delivering a strong showing in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy would surely help his chances.
Harvey has an opportunity to impress Bochy and add to the San Francisco Giants ' recent woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.
In his first full season, Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) has the third-lowest ERA in baseball and a league-leading 141 strikeouts. The 24-year-old, along with third baseman David Wright , will represent the Mets in the Midsummer Classic.
"It hasn't quite hit home yet," Harvey told MLB's official website. "It's definitely a huge honor, and I couldn't be more excited that it's in New York."
While Harvey certainly wants to start for the NL, he knows the choice lies in Bochy's hands.
"It's one thing I can't decide," Harvey said. "I've got two more starts left, and I have to go out there obviously and put up zeros, and do everything I can to help the Mets."
Shaky performances such as Wednesday's won't aid his cause or his team's, as he yielded a season-high five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings of a 5-3 loss to Arizona.
"He's all fired up about the All-Star thing, the situation," manager Terry Collins said afterward. "(This) week, he's going to pitch against the Giants, and it's going to be a nice, cool evening. It's going to be in front of Bruce, so I'm sure he's going to be all fired up."
In his only appearance against San Francisco (40-47), the right-hander allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-1 road loss July 31.
Harvey would appear to have a favorable matchup against a Giants team that's gone a major league-worst 5-16 since June 15. San Francisco fell 4-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday after Sergio Romo gave up a three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning.
"There's no question this is a tough loss," Bochy said. "These guys are resilient and are handling this as well as they can."
The Giants have gone 8 for 74 (.108) with runners in scoring position during a 2-11 stretch. Hunter Pence is mired in a 2-for-37 slump and is hitless in his last 22 at-bats. Pablo Sandoval has gone 3 for his last 41.
"Slumps are going to happen to any team," Sunday's starter Chad Gaudin said. "It's how you come out of it that matters."
San Francisco will try to get back on track behind Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66), who has compiled a 0.79 ERA in winning five consecutive starts versus New York (37-48). Wright is 2 for 20 with 12 strikeouts in their matchups, while Eric Young and Ike Davis are a combined 6 for 33.
Lincecum, though, has gone 1-7 with a 5.23 ERA in his last nine outings. The right-hander suffered a season-high fourth consecutive loss in a 3-0 defeat at Cincinnati on Tuesday, allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings.
"I need to attack the (strike) zone better," Lincecum said.
The Mets won 2-1 at Milwaukee on Sunday. Jeremy Hefner threw seven strong innings and Josh Satin , making his first appearance since Ike Davis was recalled Friday, went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.
"It's been a good run," said Satin, batting .409 during an 11-game hitting streak. "I would love to get used to it."
|New York Mets|
|June 22, 2013||Lucas Duda||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
|June 21, 2013||Jonathon Niese||15-Day DL||Partially torn left rotator cuff|
|June 20, 2013||Jonathon Niese||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder discomfort|
|June 19, 2013||Scott Atchison||15-Day DL||Right groin strain|
|June 18, 2013||Scott Atchison||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore groin|
|June 17, 2013||Justin Turner||15-Day DL||Intercostal strain|
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 05, 2013||Andres Torres||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf cramp|
|June 24, 2013||Joaquin Arias||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 21, 2013||Chad Gaudin||15-Day DL||Right elbow contusion|
|June 18, 2013||Brandon Crawford||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained right index finger|
|June 11, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hand injury|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- As the stragglers stumbled into the visitors' clubhouse, some New York Mets players hollered and high-fived teammates as they passed through the door.
This was just the kind of celebration that had escaped them before.
Eric Young Jr. scored on shortstop Brandon Crawford 's fielding error with two outs in the 16th inning, and the Mets outlasted the San Francisco Giants 4-3 in a game that ended early Tuesday morning.
The Mets already had played three games of at least 15 innings this season - and lost each one.
"I've never heard of anything like this. It's unbelievable," manager Terry Collins said. "At least we're used to it."
Young singled with one out and stole second to start the final rally. After he advanced to third on Daniel Murphy 's groundout, lefty Javier Lopez entered and intentionally walked David Wright .
Crawford couldn't handle pinch-hitter Anthony Recker 's grounder, allowing Young to score and handing New York the victory. The game lasted 5 hours, 26 minutes.
"We've played in some long games and we haven't always come out on the winning side," Recker said. "As soon as the 10th inning started, we were like, `Are we really going to do this again?"'
It was the longest game in time and innings the Giants had played since losing 1-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 18 innings on May 9, 2001.
Marco Scutaro walked leading off the bottom of the 16th inning, and Buster Posey hit a one-out single for the first five-hit game of his career. But Bobby Parnell regrouped to strike out Pablo Sandoval and retire pinch-hitter Guillermo Quiroz on a grounder for his 16th save.
Posey went 5 for 8, including a two-run homer and two doubles. San Francisco has lost 12 of 14 and is a season-high eight games below .500.
The Giants went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 18 overall - 13 in the last six innings.
"That's as frustrating a game as we've had," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Tim Lincecum and Matt Harvey each threw seven innings of three-run ball before the bullpens shut down the opposition. Harvey said a blister on his right index finger has been bothering him his last two starts but he doesn't consider it an issue.
"I'm just glad we won," he said.
Josh Edgin (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. George Kontos (2-2) allowed the one unearned run in 2 2-3 otherwise solid innings.
It was the 18th major league game to go 14 innings or more this season, two shy of last year's total, according to STATS.
The Mets improved to 1-3 in games of at least 15 innings. The last team to play that many in one season was the 2004 Minnesota Twins , who went 2-2, according to STATS.
By the time the final out was recorded at 12:42 a.m. local time, only a few thousand fans remained from an announced sellout crowd of 41,497. The ferry back to Oakland-Alameda had blown its departing horn at 11:30 p.m., and the final BART trains left about midnight.
The Giants even held a 14th-inning stretch for those who stayed. So many seagulls started to hover above the stands that the scoreboard operator asked fans to clap to try and scare them away.
Both teams had chances to end the game earlier.
With runners on second and third in the 11th, Crawford made a diving stop on Marlon Byrd 's grounder at shortstop and recovered for a perfect throw from the outfield grass. In the 12th, Sandoval snagged Omar Quintanilla 's liner at third and threw to first to get Kirk Nieuwenhuis for a double play.
The Giants blew a gift-wrapped opportunity when Posey doubled after his fly ball bounced off the glove of Murphy backpedaling from second while Byrd tried to make a sliding catch coming in from right. Sandoval was intentionally walked before Byrd caught Hunter Pence 's slicing liner and Crawford flied out.
Brandon Belt , batting in the third spot for the first time in his career, was 0 for 8 with five strikeouts, including the final out of the 12th inning with two runners on base. Bochy said he expects to keep Belt in that spot Tuesday night.
Cole Gillespie broke his bat grounding out in the 13th with runners on second and third, and Gregor Blanco grounded out with the bases loaded in the 15th.
Posey's 13th homer put the Giants ahead 2-0 in the first.
Byrd singled leading off the fifth for the first hit off Lincecum, and John Buck 's double sliced San Francisco's lead to 2-1.
Young tripled leading off the sixth, and Murphy followed with the tying single. Murphy advanced to third on Scutaro's throwing error at second base and scored when Ike Davis grounded into a double play to give the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Lincecum had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings. He gave up three runs, six hits and one walk. It was the 33rd time Lincecum has had at least 10 strikeouts in a game and the first time this year.
But the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was nowhere to be found in the Giants' clubhouse after the game. A team spokesman said he had already left to recover - as did many of his teammates.
Other than Posey, Harvey had his way with San Francisco's lineup until late. He allowed three runs and six hits, striking out six and walking one.
Pence, who made a pair of diving catches in right field, tripled leading off the seventh. The ball hit the cement near the top of the right-field wall and ricocheted back onto the field.
Umpires reviewed the play and ruled that the triple stood, though the decision turned out to be an afterthought. Crawford immediately singled home Pence for the tying run.
"There's frustration," Pence said. "We want to stay as positive as we can right now. We've got to get it done. We've got to keep pushing to find a way to turn it around."
NOTES: Posey will get Tuesday night's game off after catching 16 innings, Bochy said. ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (shoulder inflammation) has been cleared to start throwing again. The team expects him back at some point this season. ... Mets RHP Shaun Marcum had his right hand examined by a specialist in St. Louis. With an off day Thursday, Harvey is slated to take Marcum's spot in the rotation Saturday at Pittsburgh. ... Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44 ERA) starts for the Giants against Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.45) on Tuesday. Zito began warming up in the bullpen in the bottom of the 16th in case the Giants tied it.