Matt Harvey had his best start to date last night

In last night’s 8-4 win over the Reds, Matt Harvey allowed one run on four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

“What you saw tonight, was a little taste of what this guy’s going to be able to do,” Terry Collins said about Harvey after the game.

Harvey didn’t allow a hit through the first 4 2/3 innings and improved to 2-3 for the year, lowering his ERA to 3.00.

“I wasn’t too happy with my last outing, walking so many, so today I wanted to pound the zone and I was able to do that,” Harvey said after the game. “From the get-go, I wanted to attack. I’m happy with 7 2/3. There are still things that I need to work on but I’m pretty happy.”

Harvey now has 34 strikeouts in his first 30 big league innings over five starts.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Last night was Harvey’s best start of the season. Like his last start against the Braves, Harvey stuck mostly with his fastball from start to finish. The difference between his start against the Braves and last night, however,  was that he was in total command of the lower part of the strike zone with electric tailing action. He mixed in an occasional slider, but it was mostly a “show me” pitch for him last night (although he commanded it when he threw it).

It was encouraging to see Harvey stick with his approach from start to finish. He showed a willingness to come in with his fastball and continue to do so even after hitting Ryan Ludwick in the fifth inning. He’s showing he belongs, but he’s also creating a buzz and a fascination leading up to his starts now. That’s important, especially in a season that is fading into irrelevancy for the team.