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.





25 comments
avraham
avraham

I do believe they could of kept him if you think about all the small signings and glass contract the money was there at least for a one year arbitration award but let's face it fast can replace alot of hagelins ability and you got etem who I think will be a much better goal scorer in this year

Erin Capuano
Erin Capuano

Yeah trade away our 42 goal scorer to keep Hagelin, makes perfect business sense.

Erin Capuano
Erin Capuano

Classy move by Sather, it's business and not personal.

Brandon Faust
Brandon Faust

U guys are over-reacting hagelin was good, not great. An average player with one perk (speed) does not have the greatest shot and not the greatest offensive ability; overall not produce enough to get 4 mill+. Don't get me wrong hags was great, but not good enough.I think Etem has a lot of talent and can fit well.

cmk470
cmk470

Dan boyles contract needs to end now.

Bob Groder
Bob Groder

sather was a joke as a gm and also a liar. i wouldnt believe a word he says. im glad hes retired as the gm but hes still the team president who will tell gorton what he can and cant do. so those of you who think sather is no longer running the rangers guess again?

Anthony Mastantuoni
Anthony Mastantuoni

He had a full N--Trade Clause.  Now Nash has a modified NTC where he can select 10 teams he would accept a trade to.  You can probably bet that the 10 teams listed are teams that could never afford him (Coyotes), teams that wouldn't want him (possibly Columbus), and teams the Rangers would never trade with (Devils/Islanders).

Jim Plunkett
Jim Plunkett

Girardi makes way too much for a declining d-man who was never good in the first place. Slats shoulda paired him with Talbot in trade. He, Staal and Glass are why they are in this salary crunch.

Bob Groder
Bob Groder

sather overpaid the big 3 and will rue the day as come the future the team will not be able to pay their young guys when they are eligible for arbitration.

vack13
vack13

Sorry thats a poor excuse glen! If u did not sign boyle for 4.5 mill and glass for 1.5 mill there would of been more than enough $ to keep hags who did his job well and was a core guy on this team and the players seemed 2 really love as a teammate and still had an upside in his game instead we have 6 mill tied up in 2 BUMBS that sather brought in and overpaid for!!!

Bob Groder
Bob Groder

@vack13 sather let the wrong boyle walk and strallman while overpaying the big 3 along with the wronbg boyle. this teams future is all on sather.

vack13
vack13

Just a slang word for a bad player i guess and boyle and glass r bad players and way overpaid and thats all on sather so he had 2 trade hags 2 save some cap $. Now he is saying sorry. We have 2 look at stralman playing well for the next few yrs and boyle who is already done as a player now will be gone after this yr while stralman will still be playing and not even 30 yrs old sather should apologize 2 all ranger fans 4 that move too!!

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

Agreed. And something tells me Slats didn't say the same thing to Brian as he did to Hags. More like "How's that for a birthday present?!" :(

Kevin Dolan
Kevin Dolan

Nothing will be sadder than when he traded Leetchie away for nothing...

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

I agree with you, Alyssa. Talk about freeing up some much needed cap space for some much needed *playoff* scoring.

Phil Page
Phil Page

Hagelin then should have asked for an offer that fits the bill but tough to do when people Lundqvist taking millions away also.

Vinny Bova
Vinny Bova

"Sather told Hagelin that he was traded only because he did not think he would be able to fit Hagelin under the salary cap."