Harvey struggles in Mets 1-hit shutout loss to Braves

The Mets offense was nowhere to be found and Matt Harvey wasn't on his game Tuesday night against Atlanta.

Just as it seemed his would get over the hump and return to his old self, Matt Harvey fell to the struggling Atlanta Braves Tuesday night after another lackluster performance.

The Mets only produced one-hit the entire night, a single by Asdrubal Cabrera, despite several hard hit balls that found leather. Matt Wisler silenced the Amazin's bats over eight scoreless innings and Arodys Vizcaino slammed the door in the ninth to put the finishing touches on a shutout win. 

            Braves rookie Mallex Smith aunched his first career home run to left field that hit the black along the line to put the visiting team up 1-0 in the fifth. Two more runs came across in the next inning, and after eight hits and three earned runs, Harvey sauntered to the bench as his took his fourth loss of the season.

            Manager Terry Collins did point out that Harvey was sick telling the New York Post’s Fred Kerber “He was sick yesterday but he came in today and said he was ready to go.” This may have affected Harvey’s performance, but fans still see more of the same from their ace.

            This start, though, is different from the rest as he didn’t get any run support from a lineup that has been on fire. The Mets were one-hit thanks to a fantastic outing by Braves’ starter, Matt Wisler, who allowed a base knock to Asdrubal Cabrera over eight innings of work.

            A pitcher can blame his lineup if his performance is worthy enough, but Harvey, who had two straight wins going into Tuesday, still has not thrown to his satisfaction. Command issues continue to be a problem and no run support is just the icing on top of the cake.

            The Dark Knight will return to his cave once again as Harvey will continue to search for the answer to his pitching woes.


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