Matt Harvey started for the Mets, and while he got off to a rough start, he finished strong despite allowing two runs and a season-high 13 hits over 6 2/3 innings.
The Mets are now 13-13 in games started by Harvey, and the Mets have scored 30 runs in those 13 losses.
The Mets didn’t do anything against Max Scherzer despite walking four times – he allowed three hits and four walks and recorded 11 strikeouts.
Ike Davis had a good afternoon at the plate with a single, double and a walk – he had two of the three hits for the Mets today.
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Michael Baron, ContributorThis was a typical Matt Harvey start: he pitched well, got no run support and had to suffer a tough loss. He wasn’t comfortable early on, but he settled down and cruised after the second inning. But the two runs he allowed in the second inning were just too much for the Mets against Max Scherzer today. He gave up a lot of hits, but a lot of those came early – once he adjusted and began using his off-speed pitches more, he mostly shutdown the Detroit lineup and got himself into the seventh inning. Unfortunately, no Met pitcher has any margin for error with this offense is as non-existent as it is right now.
I have to wonder if Harvey is starting to wear down. Despite pitching well, he’s shown some signs of such fatigue lately. Perhaps he has just raised the bar so high that any regression raises eyebrows, but he’s thrown a lot of innings and a lot of pitches in his first full year in the big leagues, and is really in uncharted territory in his young and promising big league career…
The Mets really only had one chance in this game, and it came in the sixth inning when they loaded the bases with one out. But, Juan Lagares struck out and John Buck popped up to end the threat, and it seemed basically over after that opportunity. The Lagares at-bat frustrated me in particular because he took two strikes before even taking a hack. Part of being selective is having an ability to identify hittable strikes and putting the ball in play on those pitches so to be productive. Lagares was basically dead after the second strike when he probably could have at least put one of those pitches in play to make something happen. Hopefully, that sequence served as a learning experience for Lagares, as it’s something he will have to learn from if he’s going to be a successful big league hitter.
The Mets will look to salvage the final game of their three-game series against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field with Dillon Gee facing Rick Porcello at 1:10 PM.