When the 2013 baseball season started, there was a lot of buzz around New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, and with good reason.
Harvey had electric stuff that could keep hitters off-balance all game long. During the first month or so of the season, he had everything working. He won his first four starts of the year, and subsequently five of his first nine. He was getting more than a little bit of run support, with the team averaging about seven runs a start.
As of late, however, things haven’t exactly been going Harvey’s way, and none of which is his fault.
Harvey now sits at 8-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 172 strikeouts. The downside to those numbers? Harvey has 11 total no-decisions on the year, and should have close to 15 wins by now. The fact is that the Mets just don’t score runs for Harvey. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not just for Harvey that the Mets don’t score — it just seems more outwardly evident when Harvey is on the mound because he’s been so good.
Harvey goes out every five days and gives the Mets at least six innings of quality pitching. He keeps the team in the game every single time he steps out on the hill, and the last month or so have been hard on him thanks to the lack of run support.
What I’m seeing now from the Mets with Harvey reminds me a lot of the 2005 Mets with Pedro Martinez.
I know Pedro had a good year with the Mets in 2005 as he finished the year 15-8. However, in a fair share of his turns, Pedro was left with little run support and a bullpen that couldn’t nail down games.
Its the same problem Harvey has here with the Mets. There are games he could have easily won with how well he has pitched. It’s either lack of offense or lack of support from the bullpen that has him at the record he is right now. I’m not saying 8-2 isn’t a great record, but he could easily have about 15 wins right now.
For how well he’s pitched, the Mets ace deserves a better fate going down the stretch — the team just needs to give him a break once in a while.