Yesterday, Matt Harvey took the loss after allowing two runs and a career-high 13 hits in 6 2/3 innings to fall to 9-5 for the season.
“Obviously giving up 13 hits is not ideal as a starting pitcher for anybody,” Harvey said after the loss. “I was not happy about giving up runs and gave up too many hits. It was just a poor performance.”
Harvey became the first Met pitcher since Jason Isringhausen in 1995 to allow 13 hits and two runs or less in a start.
However, Harvey noted to reporters yesterday he is starting to get fatigued as the season gets late, but doesn’t believe that’s an excuse for what he feels are poor performances lately.
“I’m getting pretty tired, but so is everybody,” Harvey said. “You have to work through it and you have to deal with it. It’s a long season. You have to figure out how to get things done. My performance the last couple of starts has been pretty terrible. I’ve got to work through it and get better.”
While Harvey isn’t pleased with the way he pitched on Saturday, it was the tenth start during which Harvey didn’t walk a better, the 22nd time he’s worked six innings or more, and the 18th time he’s allowed two earned runs or less in a start this season.
“Matt’s a competitor,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s not going to give in. He’s not going to let down at all or get frustrated. He’s going to battle you to the last pitch he throws. What we saw today is a guy who is working as hard as he can, but you’re seeing the effects of his first full season up here, where it’s a grind.”
Harvey’s ERA is now 2.05 since the All-Star Game, and he has allowed just three walks with 44 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings over seven starts over that span.