Matt Harvey really takes struggling hard and was a man on a mission last night in Arizona. He pitched angry, yet effective and finally, FINALLY, got some run support to ease his efforts on the mound. The Mets (30-25) moved into first place, by a half game over the Nationals, with last night’s 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks (25-28).
The Dark Knight (6-3, 2.05) resurfaced as he pitched 7 innings of 2 run ball, walking 1 and striking out 9. Just two extra base hits, which accounted for all the runs as there were homers off the bats of Goldschmidt and Saltalamacchia, were the only blemishes on Harvey’s line last night. He looked angry and determined out of the gate to end his 5 game winless drought and that he did, in dominating fashion. Harvey now sits with an 80/12 strikeout to walk ratio in just over 80 innings and it is apparent despite all of the talk and backlash, he can handle this temporary six man rotation just fine.
Mayberry carried the offense last night in the desert. Well, honestly that is something I never figured I’d type or witness, but it has happened. Mayberry was inserted in the starting lineup over Granderson against a lefty, and his presence on the team actually paid off for once. He contributed with 4 hits, including a much needed late game 2-run home run to give the Mets and Familia some extra insurance. With the production, Mayberry raised his average from .137 to .196. This in no way should lead to more playing time, but hopefully can lead to an actual threat off of the bench.
Jeurys Familia, Mets stud closer, finished off another 5-out save last night as he keeps padding his All-Star Game resume. He now has 16 saves to go along with his minuscule 1.35 ERA. He struck out 2 more batters, including a huge out against one of the best NL sluggers in Paul Goldschmidt. Familia has now pitched 26.2 innings, struck out 32, and has an otherworldly 0.82 WHIP to go along with that impressive ERA.