Last night for Triple-A Buffalo, Matt Harvey allowed three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out ten in the Bisons’ 6-4 win over the Syracuse Chiefs.
Two of Harvey’s ten strikeouts came against Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper.
“I was really keeping the fastball down, moving it well inside and outside,” Harvey said, according to MiLB.com. “I was able to throw the curve for strikes, which always helps. The biggest thing, I’d say, was getting ahead. Whether it was fastball or curveball, I was able to execute pretty well and I was able to expand as the at-bat went on.”
Harvey is now 1-1 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Buffalo.
The key to his early season struggles has been the ability to command the strike zone with all of his pitches. Too often, he would get behind in the counts and work deep into each sequence, not only becoming predictable but shortening the length of his outings as well – he’s averaged less than five innings per start in his first four starts. While yesterday that command, rhythm and tempo looked better, there is still a lot of room for improvement. There’s also plenty of time for him to develop that command with Buffalo – there is no need to rush him as he clearly needs to find himself and enjoy success at Triple-A before a discussion takes place about his promotion to the big leagues.
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