The Dark Knight had his cape clipped in the bottom of the sixth when Terry Collins took the stroll to the mound to end his night.
Harvey earned the loss after allowing four runs, three earned on eight hits and two walks in five and two-thirds innings.
The roar of the sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium and the daunting memories of his last matchup against the Royals got Harvey too amped for his appearance.
It showed in the first inning as the 97 mph clocked on the radar, but the control was non-existent. This resulted in a walk, another botched fly ball by Yoenis Cespedes, and a hit from Eric Hosmer to put the Royals up one early.
The 26-year-old settled down in the innings after that, but he still couldn’t get ahead of hitters, which ended his night early.
Now, as this performance seems worrisome, Mets fans shouldn’t shun their ace just yet.
Harvey has dealt with more than he should have this spring as the media critiqued his every move as well as crack jokes at his recent bladder issue in their headlines. Between that and facing the team he should have finished in Game 5 of the World Series last year, he took the mound to prove the distraction meant nothing.
Unfortunately for him, it didn’t result in the manner he wanted. Harvey tried too hard to dominate his opponent instead of letting the game come to him.
Simply put, Harvey isn’t the ace of the pitching staff by luck. He certainly has the skill and has proven time and time again that he can produce under pressure and in the big spotlight.
If he can realize this fact and return to his old ways, look for the Dark Knight to rise again in his next start.