It is hard to say Matt Harvey turned the corner for the simple reason the Mets’ pitcher himself won’t acknowledge the possibility.
Harvey encored the seven shutout innings he threw in his last start against the White Sox with seven more strong innings in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. He sure looked good, but …
“It’s still two starts,” Harvey told reporters. “Obviously, there were massive struggles that happened before. The only thing you want to think of is not letting that creep back in. Today was, I guess you could say, a second step from the last start. But obviously going deep into the game and feeling pretty good, it’s definitely a positive.”
Harvey struck out only three hitters, but that’s a positive because the Marlins put the ball in play to keep his pitch down to 104.
METS GAME WRAP
June 5, 2016, @ Miami
Game: #55 Score: Marlins 1, Mets 0
Record: 31-24 Streak: L 1
Standings: Second, NL East, two games behind Washington. Playoffs: First WC, 1.5 games ahead of Pittsburgh.
Runs: 54 Average: 3.8 Times 3 or less: 27
SUMMARY: Harvey was superb, but Miami starter Jose Fernandez was basically untouchable.
KEY MOMENT: Wilmer Flores struck out to end the seventh with two runners on to end the Mets’ best scoring opportunity.
THUMBS UP: Yoenis Cespedes did not start, but was able to bat as a pinch-hitter. He should be able to play Monday in Pittsburgh. … Michael Conforto continued his breakout signs with another hit. … Another hit by James Loney.
EXTRA INNINGS: Juan Lagares did not play because of a sprained left thumb. He’ll return to New York Monday to be examined by team doctors.
QUOTEBOOK: ““It was one of those game where you have a great pitching match-up head to head, and that’s exactly what you would expect — a 1-0 game,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
BY THE NUMBERS: 2: Number of Mets to reach scoring position.
NEXT FOR METS: Steven Matz (7-1, 2.60) vs. former Met Jonathon Niese (5-2, 4.36) at Pittsburgh on Monday.