Matt Harvey pitched five innings in his third start, giving up five runs and eight hits in the process. If there is a positive, it is two scoreless innings after the Padres got the jump on him.
All pitchers, and Harvey will not be an exception, get rocked and it is a measure of their development in how they respond. Six outs doesn’t complete the learning curve, but it is a start.
We can’t be thinking we’ve seen the best of Harvey already. Three games is no measure, but the overall impression is good. He’s shown good stuff physically, composure and a degree of mental toughness indicating a future promising good times.
I don’t care about today, and frankly was wondering when he’d get shelled, and most importantly, how he responds. In that regard today is a positive because it is something that can help Harvey mature and develop.
I’m anxious for his next start.