Mets: Three takeaways from Thursday’s win over the Nationals

By Danny Abriano
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Apr 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three takeaways from Thursday’s Mets victory over the Nationals…

Matt Harvey settled in quickly

After fighting himself a bit early and struggling (relatively speaking) with his command over the first two innings, Matt Harvey settled in and dominated on Thursday.

Of the five batters that reached against Harvey during his six innings of work (not counting the runner who reached on Wilmer Flores‘ throwing error), three of them reached base in either the first or second inning – two hits and a walk.

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Once the bottom of the third rolled around, with the Mets carrying a 4-0 lead, Harvey took it up a notch and looked exactly like he did in 2013. Only this time, Harvey was featuring his new and improved curveball much more than his slider.

On a day when it was cold, damp, and nasty, Harvey looked like he was right at home…something that can’t be said for Stephen Strasburg.

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