Harvey, Greene look to remain unbeaten; Lester goes for first win; Waino, Cards on in prime time
By Paul Casella
The Major League season will officially turn two weeks old on Sunday and to celebrate, fans will be treated to another full day of Sunday baseball.
Here are four things to watch for:
• Harvey Day (Part III): MIA @NYM, 1:10 p.m. ET
Mets ace Matt Harvey will look to continue to re-solidify his status as one of the premier pitchers in all of baseball when he takes the mound against the Marlins in his third start back from Tommy John surgery. Harvey is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA, and he's tallied 17 strikeouts in just 12 innings through his first two starts. The Marlins are the only divisional foe that Harvey has never beaten -- the right-hander went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA over four starts against Miami in 2013.
As for the Marlins, they will counter with right-hander Tom Koehler, who will be facing a team other than the Braves for the first time this season. Koehler enters the matchup 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA after allowing four runs off 11 hits over 11 1/3 innings in his two starts so far this year, each coming against Atlanta.
• Greene looks to extend shutout streak: CWS @ DET, 1:08 p.m. ET
In the absence of Justin Verlander (triceps injury) and Max Scherzer (now with the Nationals), Tigers newcomer Shane Greene has more than picked up the slack through his first two starts. Greene has yet to allow an earned run over 16 innings and is coming off an eight-inning gem against the Pirates in which he allowed only three hits while throwing just 81 pitches before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth inning.
• Lester takes another shot at first W: SDP @ CHC, 2:20 p.m. ET
While much has been made of Jon Lester's struggles throwing to first base so far this year, the southpaw has also struggled when throwing the ball to home plate. Lester enters Sunday's game against the Padres still looking for his first victory of the season after racking up a 7.84 ERA through his first two starts with the Cubs. Like each of his first two outings, Sunday's start will come in front of the hometown fans at Wrigley Field.
• Wainwright in prime time once again: CIN @ STL, 8:05 p.m. ET
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will take the mound in the prime time Sunday night game for the second time in his three starts this season. Wainwright fired off six shutout innings against the Cubs in the season opener and will look to continue that success against the Reds. Wainwright dominated the Reds in his two starts, both wins, against Cincinnati last season, striking out 21 batters over 15 shutout innings.
Reds veteran right-hander Mike Leake will be hoping his teammates can solve Wainwright, while he battles for his first victory on the young season. Leake has been saddled with no-decisions in each of his first two starts, tallying a 4.97 ERA over 12 2/3 innings.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.