Matt Harvey was the author of a heartwarming redemption story when he arrived at Citi Field on May 12.
The 32-year-old Orioles holder received several standing ovations from Mets fans, forgiving Harvey’s rocky exit to embrace the memories of flames he provided in his early days with the franchise. Harvey entered this game with a respectable 3.60 ERA, but it could have been the highlight of the wellness story.
Harvey failed on this start against the Mets, in another wednesday night and the month in between has not been any better.
“I’ve been a real horse for a few years now,” Harvey told reporters after allowing seven runs in three innings in the Mets’ 14-1 demolition against the Orioles.
“It’s frustrating the amount of work I put in between starts. Especially with the departure tonight, I felt good, I had good gear. Like I said, I missed places.
In his last six starts, Harvey has allowed 31 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings and hasn’t made it through the fifth inning in any of them. Harvey, however, said this start was different from the others. According to the Baltimore Sun, he previously attributed his difficulties to mechanical problems.
“It’s the frustrations where you feel good and you feel like – I was throwing at 95.96 mph and I got hit,” said Harvey, whose ERA now stands at 7.41. “These are the most difficult, the ones I don’t have any mechanics for, there’s a reason for that and I guess an excuse for not throwing well. But for tonight it was, I felt good. I just missed places in situations I can’t, and I did. It cost us the game.
Of course, there’s always the simpler explanation Harvey provided as well.
“Unfortunately, I started as [expletive]”said Harvey.