So much for an encore for Matt Harvey. Coming off his best start of the season and providing a reason for optimism, Harvey pitched out of early trouble but again caved in the middle innings in Friday night’s 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Part of Harvey’s problem was a drop in velocity to 91 mph., to go along with his lack of command. Harvey (3-5, 4.93) didn’t walk a batter, but was consistently behind in the count.
Harvey gave five runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings, throwing 101 grueling pitches. This year he has given up 26 runs on 57 hits in 45.2 innings.
Tom Glavine always said he felt more tired after games in Coors Field because of the altitude. Whether that was the problem or something else, Harvey repeatedly was seen flexing his arm on the mound and he looked positively gassed after leading the game.
Once again following a Harvey start we are wondering what is wrong.
METS GAME WRAP
Game: #35 Record: 21-14 Streak: L 2
Standings: Second, NL East, 1 GB Washington
Runs: 139 Average per game: 3.97 Times scoring 3 runs or less: 15
SUMMARY: Once again, Harvey labored in the middle innings, giving two runs in the fourth, and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, to take his fifth loss of the season.
KEY MOMENT: Harvey gave a leadoff single in the fifth to the opposing pitcher, Jon Gray, who scored the go-ahead run.
THUMBS DOWN: Harvey’s velocity, command and line. … Mets’ hitters struck out 11 times. … Only six hits. … David Wright struck out three times.
EXTRA INNINGS: The Mets’ 11-game winning streak over the Rockies was snapped. … Wright’s string of walks in 11 straight games ended. … Wright is now on a 0-for-14 slide. … Michael Conforto tripled and is now 6-for-42.
QUOTEBOOK: “There are two types of people in this game. Those that have been humbled and those who are going to be humbled.” – Mets manager Terry Collins on Harvey’s troubles.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0-16: Harvey’s record when the Mets score two runs or less.