The Mets beat the Nationals 6-3 as the bullpen held on to secure Harvey’s 1st win of the year and the Mets first series win of the season. And a very Happy Harvey Day to you all. As the title says, indeed, Matt Harvey was the better starting pitcher in today’s game versus Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. Strasburg certainly didn’t pitch terrible or get lit up, as the Mets dinked and dunked, and took advantage of yet another fielding mishap courtesy of Ian Desmond (3 errors in 3 games) en route to putting a 6 spot on the board against Strasburg. Harvey only seemed to face some adversity in the 2nd inning, and that may be more related to the letdown from the high in the 1st inning, where he made his triumphant return to the rubber.
Harvey came out gave all Mets fans exactly what they had hopedfor, and what they had missed over the last 593 days. While he wasn’t as sharp as he was during Spring Training, he pitched 6 innings, struck out 9 and walked only 1, while scattering 4 hits.
Harvey was touching the mid to high 90’s regularly on the radar gun and had sharp movement on his breaking pitches. He looked to be throwing free and easy and never seemed panicked or nervous in terms of holding back or not appearing comfortable after such a long absence.
In back to back innings, Harvey led off. Whomever decided to not bat the pitcher 8th for today’s game should be fined.