Matt Harvey vowed his sputtering fastball would be amped up by the end of March. Well, he cranked it up to 97 mph., Sunday in easily his best start of spring training. And, coming on the heels of the news Steven Matz would miss his next start with irritation in his left elbow, the Mets were due for some positive pitching news.
Harvey also threw his slider in the upper 80s and went six innings.
“That was a big step, probably the biggest so far of the spring, and moving forward into the season,” Harvey told reporters.
Several weeks ago, I suggested the Mets consider leaving Harvey behind, but he’s improved in his last two starts, both in velocity and length. And, four strikeouts and one walk in the 8-2 victory over the Braves, was also a strong positive, so an extended spring training is a moot point.Harvey’s next start will come Friday at Citi Field against the United States Military Academy, and from there it’s back into the rotation.
Harvey’s next start will be Friday at Citi Field against the United States Military Academy, and from there it’s back into the rotation.
“I couldn’t be happier where I am now and moving forward,” Harvey said. “I feel I’m ready for a good season.”
That sound you hear isn’t the howling wind, but Mets’ fans sighing in relief.