New York Mets Ace Matt Harvey Struggles Against Miami Marlins

By Jon Krouner
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey struggled through his worst start of the season against the Miami Marlins, who own MLB’s worst record at 16-41.

The Mets became the first team this season to suffer a series sweep at the hands of the Marlins, who took Sunday’s game 11-6 at Marlins Park.

In the first inning, Harvey surrendered three runs, including a two-run triple by right fielder Marcell Ozuna, who finished the game with four RBIs. The three earned runs matched the worst inning of the 24-year-old Harvey’s career.

The Marlins entered Sunday’s game with a .224 average and .284 on-base percentage as a team, both worst in the majors. However, the Marlins got to the Mets’ ace early by pounding out seven hits in the first three innings to jump out to a 4-1 lead.

For once, the Mets provided some badly needed run support for Harvey. The Mets first three hits were all home runs, including a two-run blast from Ike Davis, as New York managed to knot the contest at four in the fourth inning. Omar Quintanilla and Lucas Duda also hit solo shots.

The Mets grabbed a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it as Harvey failed for the third straight start to get his sixth win of the season. Harvey failed to pitch into the sixth inning for the first time this season while surrendering a season-high 10 hits. He also saw his ERA jump from 1.85 to 2.17.

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