On a night with a lot to prove, Matt Harvey showed Mets management and fans something that they didn’t want to see. In the first three innings, Harvey was dreadful, allowing six earned runs to the Atlanta Braves, as the Mets fell to them 12-4.
Harvey appeared flat when he was on the mound, and a lot of his pitches didn’t have much on them. This lead to him getting shelled by the Braves, as every hit they struck off of him seemed to grow in intensity. With the bullpen needing rest however, Harvey had to remain in the game and eat some innings for the team. In a game that will help determine whether Harvey or Zack Wheeler will keep a spot in the rotation, my Gut Reaction is that Harvey certainly made the case for Wheeler to stay.
The lack of energy that Harvey displayed translated over to the bats for the Mets as well. Matt Wisler had complete control over the Mets. He held the Mets to two hits, including a solo home run to Todd Frazier. The other hit was a single by Asdrubal Cabrera.
Watching this game, one couldn’t help but think about the days when Harvey was a sensation on the mound. His starts were what Mets fans had to look forward to during the week, even becoming known as “Harvey Day.” One can then look a little further down the bench, and see Jose Reyes. Reyes, who is primarily a bench play, yet again failed to secure his first hit of the season during his two at bats. It is sad to see two once great Mets players now being lambasted for their inefficiency on the field.
The Mets were able to put up a small rally in the eighth inning, as they plated three of their four runs. It started with an Adrian Gonzales solo shot to left center field. After a Lobaton walk, Rosario single, and a Conforto walk, another Brandon Nimmo walk plated another run. Cabrera then hit a sac fly to plate the Mets fourth and final run.
Out of the bullpen, Jerry Blevins struggled. Brought in to face the lefties, he was hung out to dry against the righties as well in the Braves lineup. His final line came to four earned runs over two thirds of an inning. Rookie Gerson Bautista allowed two runs over an inning and a third.