Tonight Gotham called upon their savior, and he delivered. Matt Harvey put the Mets on his shoulders and said the losing streak ends now! This is what aces do and this is what makes Matt Harvey the unquestioned leader of the pitching staff and this team. Max Scherzer and Matt Harvey certainly lived up to the hype. While the Dark Knight stole the show with a little help from his sidekicks, Mr. Juanderful and Cuddy, Scherzer held his own. Things were close throughout and then Werth lost his footing, allowing things to break open in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Mets evened the series with a 4-0 win.
Matt Harvey (5-0) was not his dominant self tonight. He certainly was throwing hard, often seen touching 95-97, but the control was off. Due to this, he leaned on his off-speed pitches more often and for the first time this year, showed trust in his slider and it looked great. Despite only striking out 3 Nationals, Harvey held them to 5 hits over 7 innings of shutout baseball. Bryce Harper entered and exited the game hitless against Mr. Harvey.
Juan Lagares seems to make one highlight reel catch a night and tonight was no exception. Lagares seemed to run for a mile to rob Ian Desmond of a sinking line drive to center going full out and making a diving catch. Add to that two more singles and Lagares is becoming a two way threat like none other.
Jeurys Familia is a star in the making. His best friend on the team, Jenrry Mejia, might have given him the best gift a friend can give when he made some poor decisions and got himself suspended opening the door for Familia to shine. Jeurys is now 10 out of 10 in save chances and tonight was the most impressive save thus far. With one out in the 8th inning and a near go-ahead homerun that just stayed in the park against Alex Torres, Collins quickly summoned Familia to attempt the 5 out save. Displaying a nasty slider and his usual high 90’s heat, he sat down all 5 batters he faced and slammed the door shut on any hope of a Nationals comeback.