Tonight, Matt Harvey made his much-anticipated return to the mound tonight. After nearly a week full of drama and full on media exposure, he was ready to focus on just pitching. For five innings, his performance on the mound wasn’t the worst. He struck out six and allowed a Montero-esque five walks. And then in the sixth, Harvey let the game slip away. His weakness this season has been giving up the long ball, and that showed. Harvey let up back to back home runs, the first being a two-run shot off the bat of the catcher, Jett Bandy. The second of the back to back was the third Harvey gave up on the night. It was a disappointing outing for Harvey, who could have used a strong outing to prove he wants to be a part of this organization.
On the offensive side of the ball, Neil Walker drove in two of the runs for the Mets. He slugged a solo home run, while also driving in a run with a single. He also hit a single in the ninth, giving him a perfect three for three evening. Asdrubal Cabrera contributed a double, while both T.J and Rene Rivera each hit a single. The Mets showed signs of life in the top of the ninth, with Granderson and Duda each hitting a double. They were only able to tack on two runs though, and the Mets fell short for a final of 7-4. An interesting moment happened in the bottom of the eighth inning. Down 7-2 with one out, Terry Collins called upon Jose Reyes to get the bats rolling. Reyes hit a slow grounder to first, and while running to first, he appeared to give up on the play. Not only was this disappointing to see as a fan of baseball, but also frustrating to see that he gave up so easily with his team down. That is not the best look for a player who is batting .182 and may be in jeopardy of losing his job in the lineup to T.J Rivera.
In relief, both Josh Edgin and Rafael Montero surrendered a run. Paul Sewald did not allow a run in his inning pitched. With the recent injury of Familia, it will be interesting to see how the Mets will attempt to bolster their bullpen. My gut reaction is that it is too early in the season to find an external trade option, so they will find a solution internally. Tomorrow, Zach Wheeler takes the hill to try to even up the series against the Brewers at 7:10.