Harvey Takes Big Step; Nimmo Homers Twice

Matt Harvey didn’t have a great line, but was impressive nonetheless. The Reds got to Harvey for single runs in the first two innings, but he regrouped to throw three scoreless innings to win his first game in three months.

HARVEY: Needs to step up. (AP)

HARVEY: Major improvement. (AP)

What started as another potential blowout, ended in optimistic feelings. And, the Reds can hit, with five players having at least 20 homers.

The turnaround was a seven-pitch third inning, something we haven’t often seen from the one-time Mets’ ace. The Mets are searching for signs Harvey isn’t washed up at age 28, and if he can build on this, then maybe his future isn’t so bleak, after all.

To get him through five innings, it’s a huge step for him,’’ manager Terry Collins. “His command was a lot better. … He should feel good about himself. As the game wore on, he was better with his mechanics.’’

Consequently, he kept the ball down, and was effective with his secondary pitches, in particular, his slider.

“I’m not where I want to be with my mechanics, but it was a step in the right direction,’’ said Harvey. “I know it’s going to take time. It has been a rough two years. I felt it was good for me to get five innings.’’

Another positive was getting two shutout innings from Jeurys Familia.

“This guy has pitched in the World Series, so he’s familiar with pitching under pressure,’’ Collins said. “But, what’s more important is getting his arm strength back and putting that blood clot behind him.’’

NIMMO SHINES: Brandon Nimmo slugged two homers and made a spectacular lunging catch in left field. Juan Lagares also homered, and Jose Reyes’ two-run single put the Mets ahead to stay.

It will be interesting to see where Nimmo fits into the Mets’ outfield plans for next season.

You have to figure with the injury concerns surrounding Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Confortothat Nimmo will make the Opening Day roster

INJURY UPDATES: David Wright called his decision to have rotator cuff surgery a “no brainer, because I want to play catch with my kids.’’ Regarding retirement, Wright said he hasn’t thought when: “I have had enough. I still feel I have something more to give.’’ … Wilmer Flores underwent surgery to repair a broken nose and will be shut down for the remainder of the season. … Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs in two innings in his second rehab appearance. … Asdrubal Cabrera will undergo an MRI tomorrow on his hamstring.

2 thoughts on “Harvey Takes Big Step; Nimmo Homers Twice

  1. Listen, Harvey will certainly get stronger. That’s inevitable after any type of surgery and lay off. What I’m afraid of is not that he’s never going to be the pitcher he once was but that he’ll never learn to reinvent himself enough to be a decent and effective starter. I mean this guy just doesn’t strike anyone out and in today’s game, with balls flying out of the yard at alarming rates, pitching to contact can be disastrious. Even guys like deGrom are struggling to keep the ball in the park. As for Nimmo, he’s a great 4th outfielder and potential starter someday. I’m still skeptical of a nimmo/Lagares platoon in 2018 because they’ll need a stronger offense around them. With the success the two of them are having so far this September against Triple-A pitching you know Sandy’s mouth is watering and has already penciled them in for 2018. Now he can spend his time looking for cheap relievers off the MLB scrap heap!!

    • I think with the comments coming from sandy we will depend on Yo and mike coming back strong next year with Juan and Brandon being the others.

      We are not spending money. We will be lucky to get a legit 3rd baseman rather than Jose/wilmer/Cabrera at third.

      Fire the owner. Uncle Freddy is a disaster