The Mets lost to the Phillies again today, though this time they at least scored a couple of runs in the process. A couple of losses to a team like the 2016 Phillies makes for a less-than-ideal weekend of baseball. It’s still incredibly early in the season, though, and these things happen, even to the very best of teams.
Matt Harvey wasn’t his dominant self in his second start of the season, as was the case in his first start. He’s going to be fine, and he was for much of this start. The Mets weren’t doing much of anything on offense, and Harvey allowed just one run through his first five innings of work. But in the sixth, he allowed a two-run home run to Odubel Herrera, and Philadelphia had all of the runs it would need to beat the Mets.
Harvey threw 95 pitches in his start, which officially came to an end when Terry Collins pinch hit for him in the bottom of the sixth. He threw plenty of strikes—64 in total, 10 of them of the swing-and-miss variety. Those aren’t the gaudy numbers that Noah Syndergaard put up in his first start of the season, but pretty much everything about Harvey looks like it’s not all that far off from his very best. After scoring seven runs and cruising to a win in the first game of the series, the Mets didn’t score last night and took a while to score today. Only David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes had hits in the game, both of them going 2-for-4 with a run scored thanks to Cespedes hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
That basically sums it up. The good thing about baseball is that there's almost always another game tomorrow, as is the case right now. The Mets' first week didn't go incredibly well, but it isn't the end of the world. A series win against the Marlins would be nice. A sweep would be really nice.
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