New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey struggled in his first start since being suspended last week against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Harvey suffered the loss as the Mets fell 7-4. The struggling righty allowed five runs on seven hits, and walked five and struck out six. Harvey’s struggles with the long ball continued as he allowed three homers, he has now allowed a total of ten this season, the second most in all MLB.
Harvey tossed a scoreless first inning, working around a two out single. After issuing a walk to leadoff the second, Harvey allowed an RBI double. He then walked two more batters to load the bases, but was able to pitch his way out of the two out jam. In the third, he allowed a lead off solo homer, but that was all.
Harvey bounced back with a pair of hitless innings in the fourth and fifth. In a tie ball game with just under 100 pitches, Harvey was sent back out for the sixth.
However, the sixth was a much different story from his past two successful innings. Harvey didn’t record a single out, as he allowed a lead off single then a solo homer, and then another solo homer to the next batter.
Harvey told reporters post game, “obviously it didn’t end very well. Not the start I wanted to have. Especially when we tie it up in the fifth. They send me back out there for the sixth, my job is to go out and keep the game tied and give us a chance to really open things up out there… I was pretty much battling behind in the count for most of the game and that makes thing a lot more difficult.”
On his struggling righty, Mets manager Terry Collins said “The second and third inning he struggled, the fourth and fifth inning he threw the ball great. We were hoping he could get through the bottom of the order in the sixth … we could’ve certainly pulled him there but we needed to stretch him out a bit out there. He’s one of our top starters we need six innings out of this guy.”
On the season, the former ace is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in seven starts to begin the 2017 season.
“I think overall my last three or four starts have been terrible so obviously there is still a lot more work to be done,” Harvey added.
There is certainly a lot more work to be done as command and location issues have cost Harvey. The Mets need Harvey to figure things out, and in a hurry.