The Mets managed just one hit at home against the last place Braves. The Mets’ lineup made Matt Wisler look like Jim Palmer, hitting pop-up after pop-up off him for 8 innings. Typically, it happened during a Matt Harvey start. The right hander has had his own struggles, but not getting any run support all season has certainly not helped matters.
Thought the Mets did hit the ball hard a number of times, it was right at well positioned Braves. Asdrubal Cabrera managed the lone single from our unusually quiet offense. Matt Harvey again cruised through the first four innings before struggling in the fifth and then falling apart in the sixth. Again, he threw too many belt high pitches that are catnip for fastball hitters. In all, Harvey surrendered 8 hits and 2 walks in 5 2/3 innings. For good measure, he added two wild pitches. Among his lowlights was a homerun surrendered to light hitting Mallex Smith.
Harvey’s ERA now stands at an ugly 4.76. Recently, pitching coach Dan Warthen indicated that he noted a mechanical flaw. Clearly it hasn’t been worked out. To this writer, who only pitched Varsity and now coaches 10 year olds, it’s obvious. He’s landing short. Harvey’s lead foot is landing about a foot short of where it should and at the release point, his body is too upright. Watch film of him from last year or watch Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard for a point of comparison. Landing short means he’s not following through all the way (why his fastballs are too high) and not getting his back into his motion enough (why his velocity is down a few ticks). This can be a sign of fatigue.
So that we don’t pick on Harvey too much, consider that Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia also aren’t quite where they need to be. Perhaps it’s a hangover from last year’s heavy workload. The lousy early season weather probably doesn’t help matters either. It’s a long season and these guys are stars. They’ll work it out. In any case, this loss can’t be hung on Harvey. You can’t get one-hit at home against a bad team with a no name pitcher. Tomorrow’s another day with a day game to close out the series – Steven Matz vs. Joulys Chacin. Let’s win the series and hit the road on a high note.