by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4:52 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves, leading New York to a 4-3 win. The right-hander struck out a career-high 13, while allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in seven-plus innings.
Harvey (6-1) didn't allow a hit until Jason Heyward's fluke infield single leading off the seventh. Heyward hit a weak dribbler to the right side of the infield. First baseman Lucas Duda and Harvey converged on the baseball, leaving no one to cover first base. Harvey went back out for the eighth, but he loaded the bases before recording an out and was lifted for reliever LaTroy Hawkins. The Mets allowed all three of the inherited runners to score.
Harvey threw 74 of 116 pitches for strikes. Manager Terry Collins said he was prepared to let Harvey throw 130 pitches if he still had a no-hitter in the ninth inning.
Harvey, who has just one win in his last six starts, will be back on the hill Sunday at Philadelphia. He beat the Phillies April 8, allowing one run in seven innings.
Matt Harvey is human, loses first game
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/13/2013) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey finally lost his first game of the season Thursday a 2-1 game against the Cardinals.
Harvey had a successful day, but ran into a slightly better Adam Wainwright. Harvey tossed seven innings and gave up one run. He allowed five hits and one walk in the game, but also had seven strikeouts. Harvey's hard-luck loss brings him to 5-1 on the year.
Harvey has a 2.04 ERA and a 2.15 FIP in 97 innings this year.
Matt Harvey gets through bullpen session
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey threw his regularly scheduled bullpen session Tuesday without issue, a sign that the back tightness that forced him from Saturday's start is not a serious concern moving forward.
Harvey remains on track to start Thursday against the Cardinals, according to MLB.com.
Matt Harvey anticipates making next start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/9/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey said Sunday he's fine to make his start Thursday against the Cardinals after leaving Saturday's game with a back injury. Harvey said a chiropractic maneuver fixed his back issue.
"Everything is fine," Harvey said. "I woke up (Sunday). Felt good. They told me my start date is Thursday. So I’m ready to go."
Harvey said he dealt with similar issues in college.
"In college it happened a couple of times," Harvey said. "It hasn’t happened since then. It was a quick thing. Once it was realigned, it was back to normal."
Matt Harvey to make Thursday start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/9/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who left Saturday's start against the Marlins Saturday due to tightness in his lower back, will make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Cardinals. Harvey is 5-0, but he has managed just one decision in his last nine starts, posting a 2.66 ERA.
Matt Harvey expects to start Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/8/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who left Saturday's start against the Marlins due to tightness in his lower back, told ESPN that he expects to make his next start Friday at home against the Cubs. He is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in eight starts at Citi Field.
Matt Harvey exits with back injury
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/8/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey was cruising through his start Saturday against the Marlins and was set to pitch into the eighth inning for the second time in three starts. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game while warming up for the eighth inning, due to tightness in his lower back.
Harvey held the Marlins to one run in seven innings of work, on six hits, and exited with the score tied, 1-1.
The extent of the injury is not yet known, but the team is expected to give updates on his status after the game. Harvey is scheduled to make his next start Friday against the Cubs, but that is up in the air until the team gets more information on the injury.
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/7/2013) Friday's game between the Mets and Marlins has been postponed due to rain. Scheduled starters Jose Fernandez for Miami and Matt Harvey for New York are expected to start Saturday. The game will be made up in a September 14 doubleheader.
Matt Harvey roughed up in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/2/2013) Mets starter Matt Harvey endured a rough outing but managed to remain unbeaten as he escaped with a no-decision Sunday against the Marlins.
Harvey surrendered four runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings pitched in an 11-6 defeat. He struck out five and walked two and was pulled after 100 pitches. The right-hander has permitted four runs in two of his last three starts.
Harvey will get another crack at the Marlins Friday at Citi Field. He is 2-0 with a stellar 1.97 ERA in seven starts at home this season.
Matt Harvey Ks 10 in no-decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/29/2013) Mets starter Matt Harvey turned in another dominant performance as he went eight innings strong but did not factor in the decision Tuesday night against the Yankees.
Harvey allowed a run-scoring single to Lyle Overbay in the sixth inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander permitted one run on six while striking out 10 in eight innings pitched. He improved his ERA to 1.85 and remained perfect on the season.
Harvey has allowed nine runs combined over his last five starts (37 2/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at Miami. He struck out seven and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings pitched on April 29 against the Marlins.
Matt Harvey disappointed with no-decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Given how well Mets starter Matt Harvey's season (and career) has gone, expectations are high. So, although four runs in 6 1/3 innings might not be terrible for most pitchers, Harvey left the mound disappointed Wednesday.
"It was one of those days. I didn't execute," he told ESPN.com. "I didn't do a good job. I've got to be a lot better than that. Nine hits is unacceptable for me. Obviously, I wasn't happy giving up any runs. Today we needed a big win, and I wasn't able to do that."
Harvey's first mistake was falling behind Reds' first baseman Joey Votto in the third inning. Votto homered on a 3-0 pitch to give the Reds their first lead. Despite the mistake, Harvey did not apologize for challenging the National League's leader in batting average and OPS.
"I'm not going to give in to anybody, regardless," Harvey said. "That's not really who I am. I'm not afraid to throw to anybody. I just didn't make my pitch. I need to be better."
Harvey struck out six and walked three; his ERA rose to 1.93, dropping him to fifth in the National League.
Matt Harvey dinged up against Cincinnati
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Mets starter Matt Harvey gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings in a no decision Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Harvey gave up nine hits and walked three batters, his first game of the season with more than 10 baserunners allowed. He struck out six.
Mets appealing Matt Harvey's second run
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) The Mets have appealed to the league office to have one of the earned runs charged to Matt Harvey Friday changed to an unearned run.
Harvey allowed one run on an infield single and then shortstop Ruben Tejada had a throwing error, after which another run came around to score. The Mets contend that the second run should be unearned, as a result of the error.
"I didn't think it was an earned run," Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB.com Saturday .
If the ruling is reversed, Harvey would be charged with just one run in 7 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to the season from 1.55 to 1.41.
Matt Harvey lifts himself in win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) After receiving just six runs of support in his previous three starts, Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had to take matters into his own hands Friday against the Cubs. Along with pitching 7 1/3 strong innings, Harvey also singled in the game-winning run in the top of the 7th, in a 3-2 win.
Harvey held the Cubs to just two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings, and even his two runs could easily been unearned, as they came to score on an infield single and throwing error in the first inning. He held the Cubs to just five hits overall and walked no batters, while striking out six.
Harvey improved his record to 5-0, while his ERA rose slightly, to 1.55. He will attempt to remain unbeaten in his next start, Wednesday against the Reds.
Matt Harvey could burst through innings cap
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) After a mostly successful rookie campaign, the Mets shut down pitcher Matt Harvey after 10 starts last season, sealing his innings at 169 1/3 between the majors and minors. That amount represented an increase of 33 2/3 innings from his 2011 season, which covered his time at Class A and Double-A.
Now, it appears the club is facing another difficult decision regarding the emerging superstar as he has already logged 56 1/3 innings through eight starts, putting him on pace for 232 1/3 innings over 33 outings. The season is still less than two months old, giving the Mets ample time to determine whether Harvey will make a rare 60-inning jump and exceed 200-plus innings or if his season will be cut short again, especially if the team is not in playoff contention.
"It all depends on the individual and the composition of his individual innings," assistant general manager Paul DePodesta told ESPN.com. "Pitch counts, stress of pitches and rest all factor in the final equation. ... All of these factors and more will be taken into account as we move through the season with Matt, and all of our other young pitchers."
Matt Harvey escapes with no-decision
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings during New York's 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. It was just the second time in eight starts this season he has yielded more than one run as his ERA rose slightly to 1.44.
Harvey seemed to lack his usual overpowering stuff and surrendered more hits in the first three innings (three) than he's permitted in three starts this year, including his previous outing when he held the White Sox to one hit over nine innings. He also walked two batters and struck out a season-low four in the no-decision.
Harvey has displayed the ability to bounce back following lackluster outings before and will attempt to halt a four-game winless skid Friday at the Cubs. In three starts on the road this season, the righty has garnered two wins and a 1.33 ERA over 20 1/3 innings.
"The competitiveness and the composure, which is like Verlander," White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing said. "He just attacks hitters. He has very good stuff, similar to Verlander. He shows four pitches, pitches at 95-96 [mph] and locates. It is pretty impressive. But I am telling you what is special is the composure and the competitiveness."
Harvey struck out a career-high 12 batters Tuesday, while allowing one hit in nine scoreless innings. He's allowed more than one run just once in seven starts, resulting in a 1.28 ERA.
Matt Harvey nearly perfect vs. White Sox
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had his most dominant outing of his career spoiled as he failed to gain run support from his offense Tuesday night against the White Sox.
Harvey, who dealt with a bloody nose, retired his first 20 batters before he had his no-hit bid broken up by an Alex Rios single with two outs in the seventh. The right-hander pitched nine scoreless innings and allowed just one hit but failed to factor into the decision as the game went to extra innings. He struck out a career-high 12 batters in 105 pitches, 76 strikes.
He is the first pitcher to receive a no-decision while throwing nine-plus innings of one-hit, shutout ball since Travis Wood in 2010.
Harvey has allowed one run or fewer in five of his first six starts and has yet to lose a decision. He has a 1.28 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. The 24-year-old is scheduled to pitch Sunday at home against the Pirates. He has yet to face the Pirates in his career but has permitted just four runs in 29 innings of work at Citi Field.
Matt Harvey not fazed by break in action
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Saturday's rainout at Atlanta forced the Mets to push their rotation back a day and bumped star pitcher Matt Harvey to New York's next series at home against the White Sox. When the right-hander takes the mound for his scheduled start Tuesday, it will come eight days after his previous outing last Monday at Miami.
Manager Terry Collins said Harvey will throw an extra side session in the bullpen Sunday to keep him sharp during the additional time off. Harvey fired a career-high 121 pitches in 5 1/3 laborious innings during a no-decision against the Marlins, but said he felt "fine" throughout the past week.
"It's an adjustment. It's definitely not the first time that I've gone seven or eight days without pitching," said Harvey, who is 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA. "This goes back to last year when we kind of had that situation when the innings limit was coming around. Seven or eight days was happening quite often. ... Last year with extra rest I didn't feel I had any trouble with command. My body feels extra rest is extra good."
Rainout forces Mets to alter rotation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) The Mets' game at Atlanta scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to rain and a makeup date was not announced. Although the Braves decided to skip Saturday's starter Julio Teheran in the rotation, New York chose to push back its group.
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey notched the first of what should be many accolades in his major-league career Thursday, as he was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Harvey went 4-0 in the month, with a 1.56 ERA in six starts. He struck out 46 batters in 40 1/3 innings and held hitters to an NL-low .153 batting average. He also took home an NL Player of the Week award earlier in the month.
Matt Harvey upset with short outing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey failed to secure his fifth win of the season Monday against the Marlins and expressed his frustration after lasting a season-low 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision.
"You guys know me: Seven or eight innings is on my mind every time," said Harvey, who left with a 2-1 lead, per ESPN. "I found my fastball was going over the middle a little bit too much tonight, and I wasn't able to locate everything as well as I wanted to. Coming out with one run is OK. Obviously I don't like being OK."
Harvey said he felt stronger toward the end of his outing, which resulted in a career-high 121 pitches.
"I felt pretty good. I felt like I could have stayed out there," Harvey said. "That's not OK throwing that many pitches in that little amount of innings. Obviously I have to regroup and go back and watch some video and figure out how to change that and go seven or eight innings next time. We're going to flush today's loss and move forward."
Matt Harvey gets pitch count up early
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had his shortest outing of the year on Monday night against the Marlins. He allowed one run on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The right-hander put two men on in the third and a run scored when Giancarlo Stanton grounded into a double play. He was pulled after two reached in the sixth. He threw 78 of his 121 pitches for strikes.
Harvey left in line for the win but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead. He also struck out seven and walked two in a no-decision.
His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Braves. In one start against Atlanta last season, he allowed two runs over six innings in a loss.
Veteran catcher key to Matt Harvey's success
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey statistically had his worst start of the season Wednesday against the Dodgers, allowing a season-high three runs in six innings, but the right-hander still has an impressive 1.54 ERA through five starts.
Infielder Skip Schumaker, who came into Wednesday's game the only Dodgers' player to have faced Harvey before, said he thinks the burgeoning ace has been helped considerably by veteran catcher John Buck. Schumaker commented Buck has done a good job having Harvey incorporate his offspeed pitches into his game plan, which wasn't something he always did as a rookie.
"He pitched tonight," Schumaker said. "He didn't just try to overpower you. A younger catcher might have just stayed with that fastball, but I think Buck is doing a good job with him. People may not realize it, but he's a solid game-caller."
Even Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was impressed.
"Usually with power guys, or with young guys, they're all over the place," Don Mattingly said. "He's ahead in the count all the time. It's what you like to see from younger guys. A lot of times, it's what you'd like to see from older guys, too."
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey looked well one his way to his first loss on Wednesday night against the Dodgers but his teammates bailed him out. He allowed three runs on four hits over six innings of work.
The right-hander gave up a run in the first before making it through the next four frames scoreless. Then in the sixth, he surrendered a two-run homer to Matt Kemp and left on the hook for the loss. New York rallied for a run in the ninth, however, sending the game into extras.
Harvey, who threw 90 pitches, also struck out seven and walked one in a no-decision. It snapped his four-start winning streak.
His next start is scheduled for Monday against the Marlins.
Matt Harvey just misses another marquee matchup
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/22/2013) After cruising past teams with a combined losing record in his first three starts, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (4-0) proved he can also tackle one of the league's best teams with a dominant win over Washington Friday. That contest was billed as a showdown between two of the top young starters in the National League as he was opposed by Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
In the Mets' upcoming series against the Dodgers, Harvey will narrowly miss another marquee matchup, this time with Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner. Kershaw is scheduled to start the series opener Tuesday, while Harvey takes the mound for Wednesday's game against Ted Lilly.
Matt Harvey passes Doc's evaluation
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Once upon a time, Dwight Gooden was the young, hard-throwing phenom for Mets who thrilled the crowd at Shea Stadium with an electrifying fastball that sailed past hitters. Now, he is one of the many onlookers enamored by New York's latest rising hotshot, Matt Harvey.
With Gooden in attendance, the 24-year-old dazzled again Friday, outdueling Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg with seven strikeouts and just one run allowed over seven innings. His ERA has yet to exceed 1.00 after four starts -- all wins.
"I looked at it as, 'You're the main attraction,'" Gooden said about Harvey. "In 1985, my second year, the expectations started right from the beginning. I was ready to accept that challenge."
Harvey said he was also flattered Gooden was at Citi Field as he completed at least seven innings for the fourth time this season.
"When I was younger, I wanted to be that guy," he said. "For him to come out for one of my starts, it was kind of mind-boggling."
Matt Harvey comes out on top again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Friday's game between the Mets and Nationals featured one of the early season's pemiere pitching matchups between Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg. And at least for one night, the chants of "Harvey's better" raining down from the stands at Citi Field proved true.
"It's nice to hear, but I've got a long way to go to do something like that," Harvey said. "I appreciate the fans and the support and all that. But we're here to win. We're the New York Mets."
Harvey (4-0) continued his dominant run to open his first full season, with seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits, ending his streak of three starts with at least seven innings and three or fewer hits. Harvey struck out seven and walked three, while throwing 68 of 105 pitches for strikes.
Harvey has a 0.93 ERA and 0.66 WHIP with 32 strikeouts, nine walks and 10 hits in 29 innings. His next start is Wednesday against the Dodgers. The Dodgers rank second-to-last in runs scored in the majors.
Matt Harvey preps for showdown with Nationals
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey returned to New York Thursday ahead of the team to prepare for his Friday start against the Nationals. Harvey will be opposing Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
"I don't think there's any question Matt gets up for it," Terry Collins said about Harvey facing Strasburg to ESPN. "He loves the big stage, and that's what he's on. He's got a big challenge tomorrow. If you look at some of the games that he's had to pitch, they've been against some pretty impressive guys. And he's getting another one tomorrow."
Harvey is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 0.55 WHIP through three starts. He also has 25 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Matt Harvey named NL player of the week
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) After two strong starts, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has been named the NL player of the week.
Harvey tossed 15 innings, giving up just five hits and one earned run. He struck out 15 hitters. Over three starts to open the season, Harvey has been fantastic. At 24, he's starting to emerge as a Fantasy ace. He's not going to keep up this pace over the entire season, but he has a strong pedigree, and his performance thus far has been encouraging.
Matt Harvey flirts with no-no
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey was borderline unhittable again Saturday against the Twins, becoming just the second player in the last 60 years to open a season with three starts of at least seven innings and fewer than three hits.
Harvey carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh and ultimately allowed just two hits in eight innings of work for his third win in three starts. Harvey allowed one run in the game, a home run off the bat of Justin Morneau that ended his no-hit bid. Harvey struck out six batters and walked two in eight innings of work in a 4-2 victory.
Harvey has a microscopic 0.82 ERA through three starts, with 25 strikeouts and just six walks in 22 innings of work. He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Rockies at Coors Field, one of the toughest environments for pitchers in baseball.
Matt Harvey masterful early
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/9/2013) Yes, as Michael Hurcomb pointed out in his analysis today, I was skeptical of the hype around Mets phenom Matt Harvey this spring. It's not that I thought Harvey wasn't worth drafting, it's just that I thought he was being drafted too early.
So far, that assessment is looking pretty foolish. Because of some previous walk rates that were on the inflated side, I worried about Harvey's command, but he has done a great job of locating his pitches and fooling hitters. If there is a reason to hold on to a shred of skepticism, it's that Harvey has faced two lineups -- the Padres and the Phillies -- that have been very aggressive in these first few games. His next opponent, the Twins, has had one of the majors' most disciplined lineups.
Really, though, I don't expect Harvey to have any problems with the Twins based on what I've witnessed. Even after only two starts, I have to admit that Harvey was more valuable than I thought, and I missed out by not drafting him this spring.
Matt Harvey turning skeptics into believers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Is anyone serving up some crow pie this morning? Cause I need to a healthy serving.
I'm starting to change my tune about Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey. Much like my esteemed colleague Al Melchoir, I had Harvey pegged as a bust during the preseason. I no longer feel that way after watching Harvey carve up his first two opponents.
Watching him pitch Monday against the Phillies was a thing of beauty. Harvey is proving to be well advanced for his MLB experience, and now I'm a believer he is the real deal. He has great poise and command on the mound for a 24-year-old hurler. Perhaps my preseason evaluation was distorted being a pessimisstic Mets fan, but now I have some renewed enthusiam thanks to Harvey's amazing start.
Matt Harvey mows down Phillies for second win
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Mets starter Matt Harvey continued to rack up the strikeouts in his outing against the Phillies Monday night. After striking out 10 in his season debut, the right-hander had nine and allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings Monday. He also walked two in the 7-2 win.
The 24-year-old ran into trouble in the fourth inning when he allowed the first two batters to reach base but only gave up a sac fly to Ryan Howard.
Harvey (2-0) has a 0.64 ERA in two starts. He's scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Twins, which will be his second outing of Week 2 (April 8-14).
Matt Harvey pitches one-hit gem in season debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey was on his game in his season debut against the Padres Wednesday, allowing just one hit and two walks in seven innings of work while striking out 10 batters and picking up the win.
He threw 94 pitches.
Harvey is in line to face the Phillies on the road Monday in his next start.
Matt Harvey trying to stay ahead of competition
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) As Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey gears up for his first start of the season Wednesday vs. San Diego, he realizes he needs to continue to refine his game to stay one step ahead of the competition entering his second year in the majors.
"You can't get into a routine and rhythm of doing the same things over and over again. I think that kind of carried over into spring training too, facing a couple of teams, the Nationals, things like that," Harvey said, per ESPN. "Those guys have seen me before. It's just going out and attacking the zone and try to mix in different pitches in different counts and hopefully not leading every guy off with a fastball, or something like that. Throw strikes too. Have to throw your curveball for a strike, your slider for a strike, if you can't do that then obviously they're going to get a better look."
Harvey had his worst start as a pro last season at San Diego, allowing five runs on eight hits. He also surrendered two home runs.
Matt Harvey seeking revenge vs. Padres
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) I see my colleague Al Melchoir has Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey ranked as his 54th-best pitcher for Week 1 (March 31-April 7). I think Harvey deserves to be a little higher and I would definitely start him over Al's 43rd ranked pitcher for the week -- Anibal Sanchez.
I know Harvey (started 61 percent of leagues) got rocked in his lone start against the Padres last season, yielding a career-high five runs, eight hits and two home runs in five innings. But that was on the road in his third career start and this time around he won't have to face Chase Headley, who had one of the homers off Harvey last season.
This time Harvey gets the Padres at home, where he posted a 1.88 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in four starts last season. He also struck out 29 in 24 innings in those outings. Let's not forget Harvey also had a pretty good spring, going 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in seven starts.
The Padres averaged 4.02 runs per game in 2012, which was the seventh-lowest average in the majors, so if I'm a Harvey owner, then I start him with confidence Week 1.
Matt Harvey sharp in final tuneup
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey worked four scoreless innings during his final Grapefruit League appearance in a 7-2 victory over St. Louis on Friday. Harvey permitted just three hits, including only one for extra bases, and claimed his first win since his third start of the spring.
He struck out four batters and walked two while concluding the exhibition season with a quality 2.96 ERA. Harvey finished with at least four strikeouts in each of his last six outings to give him 33 total strikeouts against nine walks over 27 1/3 innings.
"I couldn't be happier with the spring, how it went and how my body feels going into the season and we're all looking forward to heading up north," Harvey said. "There were some down times, but there were some really good stuff. My curveball is right where I want it. I was able to fine-tune some pitches today, and getting back out there is something I'm definitely looking forward to Wednesday."
Matt Harvey a bust in 2013?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/25/2013) Al Melchoir and I talked Monday morning about Matt Harvey's outlook for the 2013 season. Al was telling me he's on the side of Harvey being a bust this season and I pretty much agree with him. Although, this could be the pessimistic Mets fan talking.
My feelings about Harvey is that he's going to be great long-term, but I expect him to have some struggles this season. Honestly, his average draft position in Head-to-Head and Rotisserie mixed leagues doesn't upset me. I just think Fantasy owners are setting the bar high for Harvey after his outstanding MLB debut in 2012, and I feel there's more room to disappoint than impress.
Matt Harvey withers in latest start
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey surrendered four runs -- three earned -- and five hits over five innings during New York's Grapefruit League contest against Detroit Sunday. Harvey, who was making his sixth start of the spring, raced out to a strong start and struck out the side in the first inning. But he faltered in the next inning, yielding back-to-back walks with two outs, including one that forced in a run. Harvey finished with five strikeouts and three walks as his ERA swelled to 3.47 during the spring.
Matt Harvey clicking for Mets
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings -- his longest outing of the spring -- in a 3-2 victory over St. Louis in Grapefruit League action Monday. Harvey struck out six and two of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. He walked only one to improve his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 6-to-1 over 18 1/3 innings this spring.
"I was really happy about my curveball," Harvey told ESPN.com. "Unfortunately, I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I’m healthy and feeling good. ... I’m starting to learn that a groundball is just as good. Going deep into a game is on my mind."
Harvey up to 18 strikeouts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/13/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey struck out six batters in four innings during his fourth spring start Wednesday against the Nationals. Harvey allowed three runs (two allowed) on three hits and one walk. He gave up all three runs on a home run by Bryce Harper in the first inning. A little timing issue, getting a little excited to get back on this field after struggling from last time, Harvey said, per the New York Daily News. I am happy about it, obviously not the first inning, but I bounced back. Harvey then settled down and even recorded four strikeouts in his last two innings. He was flying his front side open too early, so (the pitches were) up and arm side a little bit, catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. He made adjustment in second inning and went out and pitched really well. He now sports a 2.77 ERA through 13 spring innings. He also has 18 strikeouts to three walks.
Harvey looking sweet in spring
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had another fine performance in Grapefruit League action Thursday, as he tossed 4 1/3 no-hit innings against the Marlins. Harvey struck out five and faced just one batter over the minimum, to earn the 4-1 win. Harvey lowered his spring training ERA to 2.00, with a lone baserunner reaching due to an error. Harvey threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes, a stat that earned his manager's praise. "When you talk about if this guy can pitch 215 innings, that means he is getting deep into games, and the only way to do that is by doing what he did today and that is pitching to contact, knowing you've got to get a strikeout but could get some easy outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's on a mission to be real good."
Harvey attacking strike zone
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/2/2013) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey allowed a run and three hits over 2 2/3 innings during his second Grapefruit League appearance Saturday against the Marlins. Harvey yielded a solo homer to leadoff hitter Christian Yelich to open the game before permitting just two singles the rest of the game to settle his spring ERA at 3.86. He also racked up four strikeouts and issued just one walk, but admitted he is still working on developing his pitches. "After today's outing, I still have a lot of work to do," he told reporters. "I kind of lost my curveball toward the end of last season, (but) the feeling is coming back and I'm excited about that."
Harvey takes turn for Mets
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) New York starter Matt Harvey took his turn in Grapefruit League action on Sunday against the Astros. Harvey displayed the power arm that has Mets fans so excited, but also gave up a solo home run to Fernando Martinez in the second inning. Harvey went two full frames and allowed only one other hit with a walk and three strikeouts. I threw a lot of good fastballs low in the zone and he handled those very well," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "With the angle that I throw, he really got underneath it and helped me get those strikes. Im very impressed by that. Its the first time for him calling a game, so obviously theres going to be some miscommunication there, but thats expected as well. Other than that, hes close. Hes very close.
Harvey won't have innings limit
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/9/2013) The Mets are not expected to put any innings limitations on starting pitcher Matt Harvey this season, reports ESPN Saturday. Harvey is locked into a rotation spot with the Mets going into spring training and the regular season.
Harvey wants no limits
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/15/2013) Although Mets pitcher Matt Harvey had success as rookie hurler in 2012, he said he isn't taking his success for granted heading into 2013, which will be his first full year in the majors. It was good to get some games last year, but I know this is a business and about performance. Nothings going to be handed to me, Harvey said, per the New York Daily News. I want to prove that I belong in the big leagues and prove that I should be one of those top five guys all year. Harvey was shut down after reaching an organization-imposed 170 innings limit. I didnt want to be shut down, but I understand the reasoning of it, Harvey said. Id like to go into this season with no limits, to let me pitch and try to win every game. As a young pitcher, you look at some of the bigger guys, the (Justin) Verlanders and guys like that, guys who are known as workhorses. Thats someone I expect to be like.