Yes, you read the title correctly.
Matt Harvey was on the mound in Tuesday night’s game against the Braves. He gave up six runs. In fact, it was his second consecutive six-running outing. And yes, I know that his outing before this was when the Mets called him at 10 AM to tell him that he was pitching three hours later. I know, I know. But still, it doesn’t sound too good, right?
Well, evidently Tuesday was the best Harvey’s felt.
In addition to allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings, Harvey also allowed eight hits and he walked three. He only struck out two.
To me, those numbers don’t sound like someone who’s claiming that this outing was the best he’s felt all season. These numbers would be a bit of concern.
But after the game Harvey had the following to say:
"“Today was the best I’ve felt in a long time and the ball was coming out better than it had for a few years. I just have to locate. It’s fine tuning that. The velocity was there the whole time and I was able to repeat things the right way.”"
Well, at least he knows what the problem is? I mean, technically we knew that control would be key for Harvey before the season even began. But, let’s work on that for next start and not having a third consecutive six-run outing.
Manager Terry Collins also spoke out about Harvey’s performances:
"“It’s command. When this guy’s on, what made him so good was great stuff and great command. The stuff’s coming back, but the command’s not there. It’s really inconsistent. His secondary pitches are really inconsistent, and that’s what he’s got to get a feel for. Because if you can’t get those over, I don’t care how hard you throw, at this level, they’re going to hit the ball hard.”"
So let’s work on all of that. Sounds like a good plan to me.
We already know that Harvey wants to bring a championship to Queens. We all want the Dark Knight we knew to rise again. And this all stems down to Harvey’s confidence in himself — and his control of the ball.