Matt Harvey has made a lot of news this year for the New York Mets. The young pitcher’s star is rising very quickly and the rest of the Mets staff has its moments as well. The pitching isn’t able to do it all however, especially those not as unhittable as Harvey, and the offense has struggled a little of late to score runs when they need to. With the Pittsburgh Pirates on the horizon for the weekend, the Mets need to get that offense moving in order to win some games.
One reason they need to score a lot more runs is because Harvey went on Tuesday so the series will be pretty well decided by the time he pitches again. We can use Harvey however to illustrate the point. Obviously he has been stellar in every start all season long. His record of 4 – 0 goes to show that fact. However, his record of 4 – 0 also shows the lack of run support he and the staff have been getting of late.
Harvey’s 4 wins came in the first four starts of the season when the Mets were battling the Washington Nationals for second place in the National League East. His last three starts have been just as good as those four if not better and yet he has a no-decision in each of those since his 4 consecutive wins at the start of the year.
During that time the Mets have shown some offense here and there, especially from David Wright who is heating up at the right time. Still the overall downturn has them now well below the Nationals and having recently fallen behind the Philadelphia Phillies into fourth in the division.
Things don’t get easier with the Pirates coming to town as they have shown to be tough for everyone this year. If the Mets want to take this series and begin to climb back towards the top of the division, they need to score more runs; it just won’t happen without that.