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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's nine (yes, nine) no decisions: A detailed look

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Last night was the ninth no decision for Mets pitcher Matt Harvey in the 2013 season. For a pitcher that is 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA, conceivably he could have at least five more wins than he has right now, but his teammates have left him hanging far too many times.

April 24--vs. Dodgers
Harvey's line: 6.0 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
When he left: Mets trailed 3-1 midway through the 6th
This ND was actually one that Harvey could appreciate after his "worst" start of the season following a 4-0 start--by anyone's standards, that's not a terrible outing at all.
Result: The Mets did show some resilience in coming back to tie it in the 9th and win it in 7-3 in the 10th on Jordany Valdespin's walkoff grand slam.

April 29--@ Marlins
Harvey's line: 5.1 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K
When he left: Marlins trailed 2-1, runners on 1st in 2nd with 1 out in the 6th
Despite leaving with the lead, Harvey labored through this one, as Terry Collins gave him the hook in the 6th with the righty having thrown 121 pitches.
Result: The Marlins tied it in the 9th to wipe out Harvey's decision before the Mets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 15th, but Miami would win it with two runs in the bottom half.

May 7--vs. White Sox
Harvey's line: 9 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 12 K
When he left: Scoreless midway through the 7th
Harvey's performance in this one was nothing short of incredible as he took a perfect game into the 7th before Alex Rios' single with two out. That was all he allowed the entire game, but he didn't get much help from the Mets offense, though.
Result: It wasn't until Mike Baxter's RBI single in the 10th that the Mets were able to break through with a run--the only run and a walk-off hit at that--and win it 1-0. But they made Sox pitcher Hector Santiago look pretty good before that.

May 12--vs. Pirates
Harvey's line: 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
When he left: Pirates led 2-1 midway through the 7th
While it was nowhere close to his dazzling start against the Sox last time out, Harvey still shone against Pittsburgh in this one.
Result: The Mets would tie it in the bottom half before the Pirates took the lead for good in the top 8th en route to the 3-2 win, snatching the win from Harvey in the process. New York ended the game 1-7 with RISP, including 1st and 3rd with one out in the 8th (later 2nd and 3rd with two out).

May 22--vs. Reds
Harvey's line: 6.1 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 6 K
When he left: Reds led 3-2 in the top of the 7th; 1st and 3rd with one out
This one was far from Harvey's best stuff, as he allowed a high in runs (4) and tied for his high in walks allowed (3 BB).
Result: Cincinnati would end up scoring two in the 7th before the Mets tied it at 4 in the bottom half, but the Reds came back with three more in the 9th to win 7-4.

May 28--vs. Yankees
Harvey's line: 8.0 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 10 K
When he left: Yankees led 1-0 midway through the 8th
This start was one that we've grown accustomed to from Harvey, as he held a weakened but still potent Yankees offense at bay throughout the game. But the Mets were unable to get their bats going as well against Hiroki Kuroda, who was much sharper.
Result: The Mets stunned Mariano Rivera with three straight hits (double, single, single) to strike twice in the bottom of the 9th and walk off with a 2-1 victory.

June 2--@ Marlins
Harvey's line: 5.0 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 2 BB, 5 K
When he left: Mets led 6-4 through 5
It was another uncharacteristic rough outing for Harvey, as he threw 100 pitches through 5 and gave up a season-high ten hits and tied his high in runs allowed. But, the Mets did have the led when he departed.
Result: The bullpen couldn't hold it together. Scott Rice allowed three in the bottom of the 6th to give the Fish a 7-6 lead; they would then tag Brandon Lyon once in the 7th to go up 8-6, followed by a Greg Dobbs 3-run shot off of Latroy Hawkins in the bottom of the 8th to seal an 11-6 win.

June 8--vs. Marlins
Harvey's line: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K
When he left: Tied 1-1 midway through the 7th
Harvey was back to form in his second straight start against Miami, and left the game with a decision still hanging in the balance, but for the Mets, who ended this one with an eye-popping 0-19 with RISP, offense was once again hard to come by (understatement).
Result: This one dragged on until the 20th inning, when the Marlins tacked one on off of Shawn Marcum to hold on for the 2-1 win. By then, Harvey was long gone.

June 28--vs. Nationals
Harvey's line: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 11 K
When he left: Mets led 3-1 midway through 7th
Fans were probably thinking perfection (maybe), but that was vanquished in the top of the 5th on a two-out solo shot by Ian Desmond. That was his only blemish--and on top of that, the Mets gave him a three-run lead after seven innings played.
Result: another bullpen implosion. Their line over the final two innings: five runs, five hits, one walk and just two strikeouts. That's all you need to know.

Some other stats:

  • Harvey's nine NDs are tied for 2nd in baseball with (ironically) Washington's Gio Gonzalez (Jose Quintana of the White Sox leads the league with 10). By the way, Bert Blyleven has the current record--20--set in 1979 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • In his 17 starts, he has been given an average of 3.86 runs of support. In his nine no decisions combined, he has left the game with the Mets having scored just 16 runs.
  • In the nine ND's he's pitched, he has left with the lead or tied for the lead five times. The Mets have lost all but one of those games, the May 7 walkoff win against the White Sox.
  • Harvey has an ERA of 2.54 in those nine games (60.2 IP); he has allowed just 17 earned runs. He's struck out 68 batters and walked just ten (a WHIP of 1.013).

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