Matt Harvey still has a minor home run problem. The answer, it appears, is more home runs. Those solution homers came from the home team for a change, as Harvey hit his first career round-tripper to drive in the winning runs. Lucas Duda hit his second home run in as many games for the first time since May 29th, and for only the second time this season. Even Ruben Tejada got in on the action and hit his second dinger of the year.
Harvey’s first homer was retribution after David Peralta took him deep in the first with a man on base. He’s allowed less home runs in the past five starts than he did June 10th versus the Giants alone, so he has improved greatly in that respect. However, over seven innings Harvey walked four and has now walked nine batters in his last two games. His BB/9% per game has been 3.00 or over just twice in his first 14 starts. In his last three starts, it hasn’t been below 3.00. His strikeouts tonight were impressive, especially since he hadn’t recorded a K/9% per game in the double-digits since June 4th versus these same D’Backs. It just still feels like Harvey is right outside of his groove. He has the velocity and the control at times to still shut a team down, like he did tonight. If he can continue to reign in those home runs, and fine some early-season command regarding walks, he will start to dominate again.