Harvey Loses No-Hit Bid, But Approaching Elite Starter Status

MLB: New York Mets at Minnesota Twins

What a masterful performance by Mets right hander Matt Harvey today as the Mets won their second straight game against the Minnesota Twins by the score of 4-2 at frigid Target Field.

Harvey thrilled Mets fans as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning until Twins first baseman Justin Morneau ruined it when he cranked a towering shot off Harvey that just barely hit the foul pole – ending the no-hit bid and the shutout.

Harvey, who came into the game with a 2-0 record and a 0.64 ERA after a pair of dominating starts against the Padres and Phillies, had allowed just two baserunners, both 4-pitch walks, through 6 2/3 innings before Morneau’s home run. He improved to 3-0 and shaved his ERA to 0.82. He has allowed six hits and six walks while striking out 25 in 22 innings this season. Six hits in three starts – that is not a typo!

Harvey had it all working as he stymied the Twins offense working his fastball up and down the ladder and went eight innings allowing just the one run on two hits while striking out six and walking two.

Bobby Parnell came into close the game, but it was far from a cake walk as he allowed two hard hits and a run before getting the final out and picking up his first save of the season.

Marlon Byrd got the Mets on the board with a towering home run in the fifth to break the scoreless deadlock and put the Mets up 1-0. The Mets would score three more runs after the homer and set a new team record with seven consecutive base hits. That’s all great and all, but this game was all about Matt Harvey.

Wow… Just wow…

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