Matt Harvey's one of the best pitchers in the National League, there's no denying that. He earned a spot on the NL All-Star team, and Mets fans are calling for him to get the starting nod for the Midsummer Classic at Citi Field.
How Harvey pitches on Monday night could help make that a reality.
Harvey will have the chance to pitch in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy, who will ultimately make the decision as to whether Harvey starts the All-Star Game. Bochy said Sunday he has a good idea of who he's going to pick, but the candidates' next couple of outings could "slightly" influence the decision.
Harvey said since the call is out of his control, he's just focused on helping the Mets win.
"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."
He's already been doing that all season.
But Monday night will also be his first chance to rebound from his toughest outing of the year. Against Arizona last week, Harvey gave up five runs on nine hits with three walks and nine strikeouts over six innings. It broke a streak of 24 straight starts of four runs or fewer.
It was his lone blip on an otherwise stellar resume.
Harvey leads the NL with 141 strikeouts. He spent much of the season leading the league in ERA also, but fell to fourth after his last start.
Harvey has only faced the Giants once in his young career, and that came on July 31 of last season. He went six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, taking the loss in the Mets' 4-1 defeat.
And Harvey will be the second superb pitcher San Francisco faces in as many days. The Giants had the tough task of going up against Dodgers stud Clayton Kershaw on Sunday. And on Wednesday, San Francisco will face the Mets' other hard-throwing young pitcher, former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler.
"We'll see some really good arms the next few days," Bochy said. "It's important to pitch well and score runs for our staff."
San Francisco will have Tim Lincecum on the mound to oppose Harvey on Monday night.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey will be ready to make his case to be the All-Star Game starter when he pitches in front of Bochy.
"He's all fired up about the All-Star thing, the situation," Collins said after Harvey's last start. "Next 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."
Mets: Satin giving Mets difficult situation
Josh Satin's bat has been too hot for the Mets to keep out of the lineup completely. So when they promoted Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas back to the Majors on Friday, the Mets had to figure out how to make sure Satin gets his at-bats.
With his 3-for-4 performance in New York's series finale against Milwaukee on Sunday, Satin has an 11-game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games. He's hitting .409 during the streak, which goes back to June 25.
It's also the longest hitting streak by a Met this season.
Collins has maintained that Satin and Davis will not platoon at first base. Satin could see some time in the outfield.
For now, he's making it tough for the Mets to sit him down.
• Marlon Byrd needs one more RBI to set his career high for most before the All-Star break. He enters Monday night's game with 43 RBIs.
•: David Wright carries an eight-game hitting streak into the Mets' series against San Francisco. He's hitting .333 during the run.
Giants: Pence looks to earn trip to All-Star Game
While Harvey will try to prove he deserves to start the All-Star Game, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will try to show he belongs on the same team.
Pence is one of five candidates for the Final Vote balloting, which goes until Thursday. If he makes the team, he would join teammates Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro and Madison Bumgarner.
Lincecum had two solid starts against the Mets last season. He went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. It continued a run of strong starts against New York. In his career, Lincecum is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA against the Mets.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.