The bat signal was burning bright at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, but Gotham's savior couldn't deliver a heroic performance against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Harvey dropped to 0-2 on the season as he yielded three runs and six hits over six innings including just three strikeouts. While his velocity reached as high as 96 MPH, his command wasn't in mid-season form and understandably so. Harvey wasn't very ace-like throughout Spring Training and he has been far from dominant through two regular season starts this season.
Yoenis Cespedes snapped New York's 17 inning scoring drought as he launched a two-run shot into the left field stands to give the Mets some much needed life. Unfortunately for the Amazin's, the Cuban-star would provide the only offensive firepower as relievers Addison Reed and Logan Verrett surrendered a run each in the seventh and eighth inning respectively. The Mets dropped two out of three to an inferior Phillies club.
Harvey on the other hand has been pedestrian at best in his first two starts of the season.
The Dark Knight has produced a 0-2 record with a 1.54 WHIP, .318 BAA and 4.63 ERA, which isn't exactly on pace for a Cy Young Award. The most telling stat of all is that Harvey has just five strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings pitched, which is a far-cry from his career punch-out rate.
It's too early to tell whether Harvey is in the midst of an early season slump, a dead arm period or battling through problems with his mechanics, but the Mets will need their caped crusader to reclaim top form if the Amazin's hope to take October.