The Mets aren't worried about Matt Harvey's workload, but they are in danger of being swept at home by the Reds.
Harvey will go for his sixth win on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series against Cincinnati at Citi Field. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA in nine starts, and he has been a bright spot in a tough season for New York.
Harvey is one of three pitchers in the National League who has thrown at least 30 innings without a loss. Mat Latos is also in that group and will start for the Reds as he looks for his fifth win.
While Harvey is on pace to blow past his innings total from last season, Mets manager Terry Collins said he can't worry about that at this point in the year.
"It's May. What's going to happen in September, I wish I could tell you," Collins said. "I wish I had a crystal ball that said, 'Look, he's going to get to 215 [innings] and we're going to have to be very cautious.' I can't tell you what's going to happen, that's too far away."
The Mets can't look too far down the road because they've lost seven of their last 10 games.
Harvey had success against the Reds in his only other start against them, allowing one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings last August.
"I know we didn't do much against him," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I've talked to some guys on other teams, and they told me, 'You better get ready and you better come ready.' It was just like they told us about [Jose] Fernandez in Miami. They told me they were top young guys in the league as far as stuff was concerned."
Latos, 25, is also one of the top young arms in the Majors. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA. He's gone at least six innings in all but one of his nine starts, including a season-high 8 1/3 innings of two-run ball to beat the Marlins his last time out.
The Reds took the opener on Monday, 4-3, and won on Tuesday, 4-0, to improve to 6-2 on a nine-game road trip that ends Wednesday.
Reds: Chapman ditches windup
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw all 11 pitches from the stretch on Monday during a perfect ninth inning to earn his ninth save.
Chapman got rid of the windup and bounced back from consecutive blown saves. He's struggled with command this month, but had eight strikes with six swings and misses on Monday night. But there was no decision from the club that Chapman not use his unique windup.
"It matters that he's comfortable. And if he's comfortable solely from the stretch, that's fine," Reds pitching coach Bryan Price said. "But we haven't terminated the windup delivery if he decides to stay in the stretch. That's fine. They both work."
Mets: Collins experimenting with leadoff spot
The Mets are still looking for consistent production from the top of the order.
Ruben Tejada has not resembled the successful leadoff hitter he was in 2012. The shortstop is hitting too many fly balls, unlike the hard line drives his at-bats produced a season ago.
Tejada's struggles have forced Collins to use seven different leadoff hitters in 43 games.
"If he was giving us the at-bats that we saw last year, he is the leadoff hitter," Collins said. "There's some things you've got to do to work to your strengths, and Ruben's is hitting line drives. Fly balls, they're great once in a while, when you hit one in the gap, but he's got to start being that line-drive guy that we know."
Second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1-for-4 as the leadoff hitter during Tuesday's loss.
• The Reds haven't lost a series at Citi Field since 2009.
• The Mets are 2-10 in their last 12 home games.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.