On a partly cloudy night in the month of May the Mets received a much-needed ray of sunshine from their fallen hero, as Matt Harvey’s less than perfect performance proved plenty against the NL West bottom dwelling San Diego Padres.
Harvey, whose petulant behavior has yielded a ton of bad press, got by with a lot of help from his friends in NY’s 9-3 rout that began right out of the gate.
San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin had seen better days, surrendering seven runs in the first inning, facing 10 batters, for his shortest and worst stint in 145 appearances. What a difference pitching at home makes where Chacin is 2-0 with a 0.67 ERA vs. a bloated road record of 10.94.
It’s hard to believe that the new leading leadoff man, Michael Conforto, was sitting on the bench at the start of the season. Tuesday night, he ripped the Padres pitching a new one, homering twice, adding a career high four RBIs to his trophy case.
Lucas Duda finally contributed some offense to the Mets kitty jar, breaking a serious slump with three hits and three RBI’s.
Harvey (3-3) served up five shaky innings, two runs on three hits, drawing groans from the small Citi Field crowd in the third when he couldn’t throw strikes after being blessed with a sizeable lead.
Mets fans, used to being disappointed in dire situations, were able to breathe a sigh of relief as Harvey completed his final frame striking out three of the four batters he faced.
And another banner day for the bullpen who held the Padres to one run on four hits in four innings of play.
Wednesday the Mets hope to capitalize on rookie Robert Gsellman’s positive relief performances when he’s re-inserted into the rotation against Padres RHP Jarred Cosart, seeking his first win since 2015.