NEW YORK -- Though Dwight Gooden makes a point of watching most of Matt Harvey's starts on television, he had only seen Harvey pitch once in person before attending Tuesday's Subway Series game against the Yankees at Citi Field. In that meeting with Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals, Harvey escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning to preserve his victory.
"Most young pitchers at that time would try to overthrow a little bit when they throw in the upper-90s," Gooden said. "But he stayed with his game plan, mixed his pitches well and got out of it."
Gooden has yet to actually sit down and talk to Harvey, the Mets phenom whose run of success has drawn comparisons to his own blaze of glory in the mid '80s. But he watches most of Harvey's games, usually interacting with fans on Twitter while he does so.
"I'm a definite fan," Gooden said. "The things he's doing are truly amazing. If he stays healthy, he should have an unbelievable career. Right now, he would have my vote to start the All-Star Game."
More than anyone, Gooden also understands the pitfalls of being a young phenom in New York. Already generating headlines off the field for his supermodel girlfriend and kinship with the NHL's Rangers, Harvey has spent most of this season dealing with incessant media requests and the trappings of New York City celebrity.
Being 24 years old and college-educated, Gooden said, should help Harvey stay more grounded than he did in the '80s, when his personal life quickly spiraled out of control. But Gooden noted that Harvey should also be able to appreciate his time in the limelight.
"I think the main thing is just to enjoy the moment," Gooden said. "Remember what it took to get here and just take it in stride, and just keep working hard, and keep the focus on baseball."
Wright shares special moment with fan after win
NEW YORK -- David Wright heard Max Rubin all game long.
"You're going to hit a home run," Rubin, sitting near the Mets' dugout, yelled toward Wright throughout Monday night's game against the Yankees at Citi Field.
Leading off the seventh inning, Wright did exactly that.
The Mets' third baseman hit a home run into the left-field stands off Phil Hughes to tie the game at 1. In the bottom of the eighth, Jordany Valdespin scored the go-ahead run on a single by Daniel Murphy, and the Mets ended up taking the first game of the 2013 Subway Series, 2-1.
But it was Wright's clutch homer that put the Mets in position to do so.
After the game, Wright walked over to greet an excited Rubin. The two hugged and celebrated the win.
"It was cool," Wright said. "It makes you feel special to see his face light up like that."
• Two days after Ike Davis came through with a game-winning hit against the Braves, the Mets dropped their first baseman down to eighth in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees. Davis finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Monday's Subway Series opener, halting his brief run of success.
• Mets manager Terry Collins said he planned on proceeding Tuesday without closer Bobby Parnell, who threw 20 pitches Monday and 12 the night before. Parnell indicated to Collins that he might not be available, making right-handers LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon and lefty Scott Rice all candidates to pitch the ninth.
• Collins said that outfielder Lucas Duda will start at designated hitter for one of the Mets' two games this week at Yankee Stadium. He is undecided about his DH for the other game.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.