Matt Harvey was working on his stuff, preparing for the season

Matt Harvey polaroid 3In yesterday’s 8-8 tie with the Marlins, Matt Harvey allowed a run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.

“I thought Matt threw good. He hung a slider first inning,” Terry Collins said, according to SNY.TV’s Toby Hyde. “As you saw in different counts, he was working on some things. He threw some change-ups behind in the count which is something he needs to do.”

Harvey has struck out seven batters in 4 2/3 innings over his first two starts of the Spring while pitching to a 3.86 ERA.

“Now that he knows that he’s got this club made, I think he’s going about it the right way, “Hey, look, I gotta refine my stuff. I gotta get my stuff the right way.” I thought he threw good.,” Collins explained.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I recently talked to Harvey about the difference between last year’s camp and this year’s camp. He said the key difference was last year he was trying as hard as he could to make the club, whereas this year he knows his role and simply wants to get himself prepared for the regular season. In watching him yesterday, he was throwing his fastball for strikes between 94-96 mph, so the arm strength is clearly there. His breaking pitches looked good but could use some work – in general, the command of those pitches were a little off, but I expect it to come in short order. The difference in these outings over last Spring is he was pitching with gusto in the 2012 camp, whereas right now his approach is clearly to work on his stuff and approach.

Despite his limited experience, Harvey has created a high level of excitement for himself this season. But with that has come  expectations, and I’m not sure that’s fair to him. He’s demonstrated what he can do physically as well as his pitching personality, and given fans a reason to believe in the future of this organization. I believe Harvey is on track to do some great things; I just hope the high expectations don’t hinder him in the short-term.