After another misfire on the mound, Matt Harvey’s next appearance will be inside a doctor’s office on Thursday to hopefully find answers as to why he is failing to deliver positive results.
Wednesday night Harvey gave up four runs on four hits in four innings – including three home runs. And with his fastball barely pushing past 90 mph, Mets manager Terry Collins was forced to pull him after 58 pitches.
“We’re going to have Matt looked at just as a precaution,” said Collins after the game. “Again like anything else, when someone is just abnormal. It would be one thing if Matt was 91-92 (miles an hour), but it’s another thing when he’s 89.”
And even though he yielded no runs in his previous start against Atlanta, he toiled through 104 pitches in five innings – tossing six innings only once in his past nine starts – much of his demise the result of his season average 4.5 walks per nine innings.
With his lack of confidence and inability to locate his pitches questions will always remain as to whether Harvey was rushed back into the rotation too quickly after thoracic outlet surgery last July.
Harvey, who has had many struggles this year, physically as well as emotionally, claimed he had no discomfort. “My arm was just not working at all,” Harvey said. “In past games it’s taken awhile to get loose and get warm, obviously since the surgery that’s been the issue, but tonight it felt like it got loose and it just progressively felt really tired.”
And on a night when his ball club bailed him out with five runs in the eighth for a spectacular come from behind win, the Mets still couldn’t catch a break losing Neil Walker to a hamstring injury, as he came up lame trying to beat out a bunt single.
Curtis Granderson hit his 300th home run to give the Mets a lead and Lucas Duda moved into a tie for 9th (120, Edgardo Alfonzo) on the Mets all-time home run list with a three-run insurance blast later in the eighth inning.
So, as the Mets wheel of good fortune/bad fortune takes another spin, here’s hoping it lands on something lucky when they open a four-game series against the National League East leading Washington Nationals on Thursday.