Friday the Mets were dealt another blow to their already depleted roster with the news that closer Jeurys Familia may be done for remainder of season after undergoing surgery to address a blood clot in his right armpit area.
So with the plague of injuries that have impeded key players, the Mets arrived in Milwaukee with a heavy heart, keeping pace with the Brewers, thanks to Neil Walker’s awoken bat, until Matt Harvey unraveled in their 7-4 loss.
NY was hoping Harvey’s return to the mound after a three-game suspension would be fortuitous for the team and his fragile mental state.
Instead the Brewers roughed up the righty for three home runs, two of which were back-to-back by the unlikely Eric Sogard and Orlando Arcia, sending him to the showers in the sixth.
Harvey pitched fairly well for the first five innings, albeit walking a career high five – he struck out six, and only gave up two runs on four hits.
After getting out of a bases loaded jam in the second, Hernan Perez took his up and away fast ball out of Miller Park for a solo home run in the third, then in the fourth and fifth innings Harvey retired six of the eight batters he faced.
In a perfect bullpen situation, Terry Collins may have removed Harvey after tossing 97 pitches, but his 1,2,3 fifth inning gave the skipper a reason to believe he had more fuel in the tank.
But Harvey’s velocity took a vacation (94.3mph to 92.6 mph) and his location, which was erratic for much of the night, was all over the plate.
So for now, Harvey may have mended fences with the front office, but there is still a lot of work to be done with his mechanics on the mound. For the Mets to be competitive this season they’re going to have to see a lot more light at the end of the Dark Knight’s tunnel.