Matt Harvey looked like the Matt Harvey of old and turned in a much-needed performance for the New York Mets Sunday afternoon in their 4-3 win over theSan Diego Padres. Harvey went six solid innings, give up two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out ten, the first time this season he has recorded double-digit strikeouts.
The only blemish in his start was a mammoth two-run shot he gave up to Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt in the fifth inning. With the win, Harvey improved his record to 3-4 and notched his third win in his last four starts and it also put the Mets in first place in the division by themselves for the first time this season.
Not to bypass his offensive work, Harvey also had a good day at the plate, picking up two hits in three at-bats, including a long double hit off the center field wall that missed being a homer by a couple of feet. He ran the bases well and even scored a run, too. If there is cause for concern for Harvey, it's that he struggled yet again in the fifth and sixth innings which he has had difficulties with all season.
In three of his seven starts, he has been pulled in the sixth and he has failed to go more than six innings in any start this season. The good news is that he battled through it and showed progression from his last shaky start against the Reds. This was definitely Harvey's best start of the year and hopefully it will be the start of a streak of quality outings for him. If he can continue to pitch the way he did in this ballgame, the Mets will be well suited for the rest of the season and beyond.