Will the Dark Knight rise tonight?
Matt Harvey has not gotten off to the start he and many thought he would to start the 2016 season. However his track record indicates this may just be a small rough patch he is currently going through. All indications are that Harvey is going through a mechanical flaw that has currently been corrected for tonight’s game in Atlanta. Manager Terry Collins had indicated earlier this week that the mechanical flaw dealt with Harvey’s back leg. Both Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen are confident that Harvey will begin to be himself again moving forward.
Harvey has allowed 11 earned runs on 20 hits, in 17.1 innings pitched, in his three starts so far this season. He currently has a record of 0-3 with a 5.71 ERA. Harvey’s velocity and location hasn’t been consistent either as the nine strikeouts he currently has, are the fewest he has ever amassed in any three start stretch in his career. Harvey will also try to avoid having less than five strikeouts tonight for the fourth straight start as he has never done that in his career. Harvey had never lost four consecutive starts (dating back to October 3, 2015) either in a Mets uniform prior to his last start in Cleveland, and he surely does not want to make it five losses in a row tonight.
I’m certainly not expecting Harvey to go out tonight and throw a no-hitter (although that would be nice), but I am expecting like many Mets fans to see improved results after his latest bullpen session. Harvey was given the ball on Opening Night as Terry Collins believed it was Matt’s time to anchor the stud filled Mets rotation, after the incredible season he had last year coming off of Tommy John surgery. I among many baseball analysts believed Harvey was primed for his biggest season since 2013, during Spring Training. Harvey thrives under pressure and it seems the mechanical flaw has been corrected. Now it is time for the Dark Knight to rise to the occasion and deliver like only the Dark Knight would.