After issuing a season-high five walks in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is contemplating changing things up to compensate for the extra days of rest between starts that he and the rest of the pitching staff have to deal with because of the shift to a six-man rotation.
Last night was the second time this season that Harvey has pitched on six days of rest. The other occasion, a May 8 start in Philadelphia, he also mentioned not feeling sharp on the mound. "With the six-man and then the day off, throwing last Saturday and then this Saturday is tough," said Harvey. "We're all having to deal with it. It's not an excuse why things didn't go well today. I just have to do a better job of finding a way to get a rhythm throughout an extended period of rest like that."
Harvey will again have a full week off before his next start due to a day off on Thursday after the Mets complete their road trip in San Francisco. In an effort to try and stay sharp, Harvey mentioned that he may throw off a mound twice instead of his typical once in between starts. "Obviously one bullpen didn't work this week," he said.