Matt Harvey’s One Performance Does Not Equal Excellence
- Updated: June 2, 2016
Matt Harvey’s 3-7 record to start the 2016 season worried everyone on the staff, including Harvey himself.
However, the frustrated, and determined, Harvey finally showed his ace on Memorial Day with a win against the Chicago White Sox. He did not allow a run through seven innings, after posting a 7.56 ERA in the month of May. Neil Walker’s solo home run in the seventh inning was enough for Harvey and the Mets to take the first game of the series.
That’s the Dark Knight Mets fans know and love.
Many people, including myself, were confused as to why Terry Collins and the staff did not skip one of his starts to allow him to recuperate. It seemed like all he needed was a clear head, some mechanical work, and pressure off of his shoulders. But, we should have known him better than that. As it turns out, keeping him in seemed to be the right decision. As I have always said, especially during the innings-limit fiasco, he is a gamer. He works hard. He wants the ball, and he wants to be on that mound. He will do what it takes to be out there.
On Memorial Day, he proved that once again.
This game was the confidence boost that he needed to get back to performing the way he knows how to. In post-game interviews, Harvey said, “It’s nice to put so much work in in-between starts and go out there and actually be able to maintain what we’ve been working on.”
After getting out of a jam in the top of the seventh inning, the Flushing Faithful gave him a standing ovation as he walked back into the dugout. That confidence and that support is most likely what will help turn around the 5.37 ERA in future starts.
However, while the six strikeout, two-hit game was a great step in the right direction, his slump is not necessarily over. One performance does not equal excellence. The ups and downs will presumably keep coming until Harvey is totally comfortable on the mound again.
Harvey said himself, “This isn’t going to mean anything unless I continue it.”