It wasn’t the type of outing Mets fans have grown accustomed to watching and even Matt Harvey admitted he wasn’t feel himself. Following a superhuman start against the Detroit Tigers last week, New York’s ace showed that even superstars feel lethargic from time to time.
“I think with being a little tired, a little sluggish, I got out of my mechanics a little bit,” Harvey told reporters postgame.
Allowing 2 runs in 2 2/3 innings including a whopping RBI double to Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, it appeared that Harvey’s electric but taxing performance in his first start led to a carry-over effect for him on Wednesday.
"I talked to [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] after and he said something about the second start always being a little bit tiring or whatever,” noted Harvey. “For me, it was just a little fatigue, a little tiredness. Other than that, everything felt great.”
Mets fans looking to push the panic button should take solace in the fact that Spring Training is a time when pitchers tune-up their mechanics and build up stamina. For Harvey, after missing nearly 18 months of baseball, temporary exhaustion after his first start is not a big deal.
It wasn’t all bad for Harvey as he struck out two batters and his fastball hovered in the 94-95 MPH range for most of the afternoon.
The Mets had Harvey on a 50-pitch limit and he was pulled after 49 pitches.
Harvey’s next start will come this upcoming Monday against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.