Matt Harvey ‘sluggish’ in second spring start

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey got roughed up by Giancarlo Stanton and the Miami Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. on Wednesday.

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.


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