Well hello John Mayberry, Jr., where you been all my life! A huge night from the tall outfielder was just what the Mets needed on an Arizona evening. Daniel Murphy exited the game after just two innings newly ensconced at third, and the pain merry-go-round just keeps on truckin’ for the ol’ Metsies. Mayberry’s three extra-base hits, especially his two-run jack in the top of the ninth helped make that particular pill a little easier to swallow though, aiding Jeurys Familia‘s chance at a five out save.
Meanwhile, Matt Harvey was much better tonight as he struck out nine and walked only one, allowing just two runs to score. But Harvey is paying the price for all those pitches over the plate. He has now given up nine home runs in just 11 starts. He gave up only seven homers in 26 starts in 2013, and nine in 20 starts in 2012. This is also the third time this season that Harvey has allowed multiple home runs in a game, and twice in his last three starts. He had one such game in his career before this season, and it was his third start ever. So while Harvey seems more than capable of making up for it, it is a noticeable trend at this point.
It was a necessary game for the Mets to win. Outside of Jacob deGrom‘s magnificent Monday, the starting pitching has been pretty awful the previous six games. The Mets defense has been consistently better of late, and the offense has been improved as well. It was nice to see a solid out from Harvey to reassure everyone that pitching is indeed still the team’s main strength.