Matt Harvey loses first game in stellar effort as Mets offense disappoints once again
The 24-year-old righty went 7.0 innings, giving up only one run, five hits, and one walk, while striking out seven batters, but thanks to the Mets' abysmal offense, Harvey's phenomenal effort on the mound was all for nothing. Three Mets managed to get hits, and only two hits on the day went for extra bases. Their lone run was scored on a solo shot by Marlon Byrd in the ninth inning.
Some credit should be given to Adam Wainwright - who gave up no runs in 7.0 innings - for shutting down the Mets, but a lack of run support is nothing new for Harvey.
The Mets were able to capitalize on Harvey's dominance early in the season, winning each of his first five starts. In nine Harvey starts since then, however, the Mets have scored a grand total of 23 runs (2.56 per game). Harvey has gotten one win over that nine game span.
11 times this season, Harvey has pitched 7+ innings while giving up two or less runs. Allowing such few runs while going that deep into the game is usually a surefire formula for a win, but Harvey has only five wins to show for it. In the past seven games that Harvey has gone 7+ innings with two or less runs, he has a record of 1-1.
Harvey would probably be the leading Cy Young candidate if he were playing for almost any team other than the Mets, but their lack of runs has resulted in a lack of wins, marring his stat line. Of course, we must remember that Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young back in 2010 with a record of 13-12.
For now, baseball fans (as well as Harvey's fantasy owners) must appreciate Harvey's sensational ERA, his enormous strikeout rate, and his all-around nasty stuff. He may have only five wins right now, but if the Mets can ever get their offense together, the wins will start pouring in.