In what was the most important start of his young career for the Mets, it was clear Matt Harvey did not have his best stuff and only gave them five innings.
Except, Harvey did what the Mets needed him to do most, and that was to persevere and carry his team to the win.
What Harvey also did was not get caught up in all the noise surrounding Chase Utley and retaliation, but instead took care of business.
After Harvey put the Dodgers down in order in the first, Los Angeles came back with three in the second. It looked as if it could be a long night for Harvey, except that was it for the Dodgers.
Harvey labored and his pitch count climbed, but the Dodgers never had a clear shot at him the rest of the game.
Instead, Harvey benefitted from an offense that too many times this season failed to support him.
The Mets came back in the bottom of the second with four. Then Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run homer and Yoenis Cespedes hit one that should have brought double the winnings on FanDuel.
Manager Terry Collins made the right call when he pulled Harvey when he did because he’ll need him again this fall.
Collins wanted Harvey to start the pivotal Game 3 because that usually is the determining game of a five-game series.
Except in this series, the Mets still must face Clayton Kershaw one more time – they struck out 11 times in that game – and possibly Zack Greinke. There’s still a lot of this series left to be played.