Matt Harvey gives another impressive performance, setting the Mets record with 18 strikeouts in his first two starts and proves he’s here to stay. Showing us a different side, Harvey threw a lot more changeups than in his first start, relying on that pitch for most of his outing. I’m sure we can credit Dan Warthen with the change. He predominantly threw the heat in his debut. No doubt adrenaline played a role in that, but his second start gave us a different view. Harvey gave us versatility and proved he has what it takes to adapt and get big leaguers out, no matter what the pitch. He ran into trouble a few times, but kept his composure even when Ruben Tejada threw wide to first base in the 2nd inning on a double play ball, allowing two runs to score. Harvey was handed his first loss in the Majors against the Giants, but his exceptional pitching effort was not lost. Harvey represents the future of this organization and judging by his last two performances, I’d say we have some light shining through.
You just have to love his competitiveness:
“I don’t like to lose…Whether I’m pitching or whether I’m not, I don’t like to lose. It’s how I am. In my world, I would have thrown up more zeroes and kept us closer.”– Matt Harvey
I love the attitude! You just have to respect the competitive nature he brings with him. But you’re on the Mets, Matt, so you should probably get used to losing. =/
ANOTHER PROSPECT ON THE RISE– Dare I say the Mets are doing a great job of building up for the future! Another impressive outing comes from another Mets pitching prospect- Zack Wheeler. He struck out 11 batters in 6 2/3 innings and fell just one shy of his career high. Yes, you read correctly! That says ELEVEN! This could be his final start in Double-A Binghamton with reports flying that he will be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo for his next start. In the same game, Frank Francisco took the mound for a rehab start, striking out the side in the 8th inning. Our injured closer is inching his way back to the Big Leagues.
UPDATE!!- Zack Wheeler has officially been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo! Congrats Zack! Keep up the progress!
TONIGHT– Jon Niese goes for the Mets tonight in the third game of the series against the San Francisco Giants at 10:15PM on SNY.