When asked about the difference between facing Triple-A and major league hitters, Mets starter Matt Harvey said:
“When you make a mistake, they hit it. Down there you can get away with some stuff. Not all the time, but more often than not. Up here, you’re going to make a mistake, they’re going to hit it. They did. I just have to do a better job.”
I really love how Harvey takes responsibility for his starts whether they are good or bad. He never makes excuses like we used to hear from Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Oliver Perez before him.
He stands at his locker and lets reporters fire away until they have no more questions, and he looks them right in the eyes when he’s talking to them. He’s genuine.
This loss was a great lesson for Harvey. He learned that there’s a high price to pay for keeping the ball up in the majors. He knew what he did wrong and identified with it.
The best thing about having Harvey being here now is that he’ll be that much better for the Mets in 2013 because of it.
He is being tempered and in the long run it will pay big dividends for the team and for his career.
As I said in my recap, there will be growing pains, but even after a bad start like today’s against the Padres, I love what I see from this kid. I bet he throws a gem his next time out on Friday against the Braves.
Thanks to Adam at ESPN for the quote…