Sad Harvey may soon replace sad Keanu as the meme of the moment. The struggling righty had another bad night on the mound, surrendering five runs on three homers. In just five innings of work, Matt Harvey gave up eight hits, two walks and struck out just one. Harvey actually looked okay in the first three innings, getting a lot of ground outs, including a big 1-6-3 double play. In the fourth and fifth innings, Harvey came undone, giving up gopher balls to Anthony Rendon, Ryan Zimmerman, and, yes, Daniel Murphy. For good measure, relievers Jim Henderson and Hansel Robles gave up another homer apiece to give the Nationals five long balls on the night.
The Mets offense mainly sputtered against Stephen Strasburg, who held them to one run on a solo shot to Asdrubal Cabrera through the first six before tiring in the seventh. Strasburg struck out 11 before surrendering a run on a ground out in the seventh. The Mets got two more runs in the ninth on a two-run homer by Eric Campbell off reliever Shawn Kelley, but it was too little too late. Harvey left the stadium without talking to reporters. Perhaps it’s time for him to stop being so stubborn, skip a start and clear his head.
A few bright spots tonight. Ty Kelly made his Mets debut, filling in at third for David Wright, Campbell hit his first homer of the season, and down on the farm, Wilmer Flores made a rehab start on his way back to the Mets. We could certainly use him right now. Tomorrow we wrap the away series with the Nationals with a day game – Steven Matz vs. Tanner Roark. Two out of three would be great.