Matt Harvey let up just one run, while striking out 10 batters and walking three, with 106 pitches through five innings last night against the Nationals.
“The biggest thing is going deeper into games and figuring it out a lot sooner, and not pressing to go for the strikeout all the time,” Harvey explained after the game. “I have to get early contact. That’s the biggest thing I’m going to work on.”
Harvey is 3-5 in 9 starts this year, during which the Mets are 3-6. However, he has a 2.92 ERA, while striking out 63 batters and walking 23 in 52 innings.
“This guy has taken the game to another level when he got up here,” Terry Collins said. “You’re standing in the dugout next to Wally, who saw him more than I did all year. When Wally says, ‘I never saw that. I never saw that kind of stuff,’ it tells you how he can raise his game.”
According to ESPN New York, Ryan Zimmerman also praised Harvey after the game, saying, “That kid’s going to be really good, once he figures out how to throw some of his other stuff for strikes a little bit more. He’s got a bright future.”
Michael Baron, Contributor
Harvey had a fantastic fastball last night, as it had excellent tailing movement to both sides of the plate. But what was more impressive was his change-up – he hadn’t used that pitch all that much in his most recent starts, but not only did he go to it yesterday, but he threw it for strikes and recorded a number of swinging strikeouts with it. He dealt with a high pitch count early thanks in part to the ten strikeouts, although the three walks didn’t help. Still, it was yet another encouraging performance for Harvey, and the fact he is such a perfectionist and is so hard on himself (which, while he is sometimes too harsh, is something I love to hear from him) is an encouraging sign for his development going forward.