Another day, another brilliant performance by New York Mets’ ace Matt Harvey — but only this time he actually got credited for a win. Yes, the Mets offense finally gave Harvey the run support he deserves in a 5-0 Mets win over the Colorado Rockies.
Even though Harvey did not have his best stuff and did not reached 98 mph on his fastball all night, he did not allow a single base runner to reach as far as second base until the ninth inning. And the only reason why that runner reached scoring position was because of defensive indifference.
However, that base runner for the Rockies in the ninth, Charlie Blackmon, provided a scare for all Mets fans earlier in that inning when he singled right off of Harvey’s right knee. The Mets’ trainer proceeded to run out to the pitchers’ mound as expected, but Harvey rather quickly shooed him away so that he can capture his first ever complete-game shutout, and so he did.
Even though Harvey finished the game, there will still be some concern over that knee as he will be feeling the effects in the following days to come. Still, it didn’t stop him from putting on one of the best performances in his career, and that is really saying something. He allowed just four hits and striking out six on 106 pitches.
What Harvey showed last night just furthers his status as the real deal. He proved that even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he can still deliver a gem, and a pitcher like that is a rare commodity these days.
With Harvey leading the Mets’ pitching staff for future years to come, I’d say the turning point to this franchise starts with him as he finally brings some daylight for New York fans through the thick fog of the Mets’ disappointing past.