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Mets: Matt Harvey economically dominant in season debut

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Apr 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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The Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-2 to earn their second win of the year, but the real story of the game was Matt Harvey‘s first outing of the season.

The Dark Knight made his 2017 debut in Citi Field on Thursday, and he gave us a lot more than most were expecting. He pitched into the seventh inning, and was removed after just 77 pitches. Overall, Harvey gave up just three hits, struck out four, and walked none over 6 2/3 innings pitched.

On the offensive side, Harvey actually got some help tonight thanks to a three-straight two-run innings. A two-run double by Travis d’Arnaud in the fifth inning got things started for the Amazin’s.

Lefty-killer Wilmer Flores would follow up in the sixth with a two-run home run off Atlanta starter Jaime Garcia. Flores is going to get a chance to play the next few games with lefty starters taking the mound against the Mets, so we’re obviously hoping this trend continues.

The Mets kept collecting hits in the seventh when Asdrubal Cabrera drove in Michael Conforto with his own single by breaking what Keith Hernandez calls “el shifto.”

Harvey’s strong start

As the Spring Training came to a close, questions surrounding the starting rotation, and Harvey in particular, were still floating around. Would we get 2015 Harvey or would the injured 2016 Harvey show back up?

While it has only been one start, Harvey’s fastball velocity and movement were great on a damp and cold night at Citi Field. He topped off at 96 mph, but was consistently around 94, 95 mph. Overall, Harvey was able to minimize his mistakes, and keep the Braves off the base paths for the majority of the game.

Two of his few mistakes in the evening came against Matt Kemp. His two solo shots against Harvey were the only real blemishes on an otherwise dominant night.

Next: Will the Dark Knight’s return to glory begin tonight?

Harvey will look to build on this performance (and the fact that he was actually able to earn the win) for his next outing in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

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