Mar 26, 2016

2015 NL Champion Mets Pitcher: Matt Harvey (2012-2016)

Mathew Edward Harvey was born on March 27, 1989 in New London Connecticut & grew up in the seaport town of Mystic. The six foot four right hander attended Fitch Senior high School in New Groton Connecticut.

He was already a top pitcher in high school getting drafted by the Los Angeles Angels as a third round pick in 2007. He chose not to sign & attended college.

He then went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was pitcher three years for the Tar Heels.

In college he went 27-7 (10th all time in the school's history) with & 263 strikes (9th in the school's history) & a 3.73 ERA. In summer during his college days of '08 & '09 he pitched in the Cape Cod League, mostly in relief. By 2010 he was the New York Mets first round draft pick, the seventh pick overall in the MLB first year player draft.

In 2011 he pitched at A ball St. Lucie, going 8-2 with a 2.73 ERA. He won two FSL Player of the week Awards & made the All Star team. He was soon promoted to AA Binghamton, where he was 5-3 with a 4.52 ERA, he struck out 64 batters in 59 innings pitched. He earned a save in the MLB Futures Game for the USA, at Chase Field in Phoenix.

By 2012 he was voted the Mets number one prospect & #34 overall by MLB.com. That year he got an invitation to his first Spring Training but did not make the club going North. He pitched at AAA Buffalo going 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA, making the International League All Star Squad.

At first the Mets did not want to push him into the big leagues too fast, he spent more time at AAA than most number one picks. But eventually when Johan Santana went down with injury & the rest of the staff was struggling, Manager Terry Collins & GM Sandy Alderson decided the time was right to bring Harvey up.

Matt Harvey made his MLB debut wearing uniform #33 on July 26th at Arizona. He struck out the first batter he faced (Gerardo Parra) & totaled eleven K's in just 5.1 innings of work. He set a Mets franchise record for strike outs in a pitching debut. He allowed no runs in the Mets 3-1 win, earning his first career victory. At the plate he even got two hits, a double & a single going two for two. He became the first MLB pitcher since 1900 to have two hits & strike out ten or more batters in a pitching debut.


Quotes: After the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said: “I haven't seen 98 out of a starting pitcher in quite some time. He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about.”

In his next start he struck out seven batters in six innings, allowing two earned runs, but he took the loss to Tim Lincecum & the Giants in San Francisco. He took two more losses in early August, then on August 16th, he beat the Cincinnati Reds, pitching into the 8th inning allowing just one run on four hits with eight strike outs.


After a no decision he evened his record to 3-3 on August 29th with a win at Philadelphia. He continue to pitch well in September, but the poor Mets offense didn't help out, as he suffered two losses & a no decision.

On September 19th he allowed one run on one hit in seven innings, striking out seven Phillies but the Mets lost the game 3-2 at Citi Field. He finished the year after that start as the team felt he had reached an innings limit. In 2012 Harvey was 3-5 with 70 strike outs & 26 walks in 59 innings posting a 2.73 ERA in ten games.

Matt Harvey began the 2013 season with a lot of excitement surrounding him after a fantastic debut in 2012. He started the second game of the Mets season, against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Harvey struck out the first two batters he faced & allowed the only hit of his day in the 4th inning to Everth Cabrera.

Harvey went on to strike out ten Padres over seven innings, allow no runs on the one hit while walking two. The Mets came up big with eight runs, led by two run HRs from John Buck, Ike Davis & Lucas Duda.

His second start was in Philadelphia, a 7:05 start against Roy Halladay, in front of 35,000 fans at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets gave him support right away, as the hot John Buck blasted a three run HR in the 2nd inning & Lucas Duda had an RBI single in the 3rd. Harvey gave up a sac fly RBI to Ryan Howard, the only run he allowed on the day.

The Mets came back knocking out Halladay in the 5th, with four hits including a two run single from Ruben Tejada & an RBI single from David Wright. Harvey rolled along striking out seven Phillies through seven innings, one earned run, three hits & a pair of walks.

On Saturday April 13th, Harvey took the mound on a cold afternoon in Minnesota in front of 29,000 brave Minneapolis fans. Harvey may have been at his finest up to this point in his career on this cold day, flirting with a no hitter into the 7th inning.



Harvey had allowed just two walks into the seventh inning, when Justin Morneau blasted a HR down the right field line breaking up the no hitter.

Harvey earned his third win of the year, leading the NL in wins, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out six. Through his first three games he has struck out 25 batters in 22 innings, posting a 0.82 ERA.Harvey followed with his fourth straight win on April 19th, as he beat the Washington Nats 7-1 to get to 4-0. He threw seven strong innings, striking out sven batters allowing one run on four hits, while keeping his ERA belwo one (0.93).  

By now the comparisons were already being made to the start of the another great one time Mets pitcher; Nolan Ryan. Harvey was also being compared with Mets Hall of Famer Tom Seaver & Cy Young Winner; Dwight Gooden.

On May 7th, Harvey, Matt Harvey took a no hitter into the 7th inning, when the Chicago White Sox; Alex Rios reached on an infield single to short. Harvey was outstanding, striking out a season high (up t that point) 12 batters, going nine innings allowing no runs, no walks & the one hit. Once again the Mets bats did not support Harvey, an issue that would occur all season. The Mets did pull out the 1-0 win in the bottom of the 10th on a Mike Baxter RBI single.


In his next start, Harvey suffered another no decision in a 3-2 Mets loss to the first place NL Central; Pittsburgh Pirates. In seven innings he allowed two runs on five hits. In his next start he held down the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, to two runs going into the 8th inning.

He struck out six batters allowing five hits but also helped his own cause at the plate. In the top of the 7th, he singled off Edwin Jackson bringing in Rick Ankiel with what was the game winning run. He got his fifth win of the year going 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA.

On May 22nd, he got another no decision in a 7-4 Mets loss to the Reds, where he allowed four runs & struck out six in 6.1 innings of work. He still had an ERA under two at 1.93.

On May 28th he faced off against the AL New York club in his first subway series start. Harvey was spectacular, going eight innings, striking out ten batters for his fourth double digit strike out game. He allowed just one run on six hits & didn't walk anyone, while lowering his ERA under two, at 1.85. 

Now all of New York & more of the baseball world took notice at the new Mets start pitcher.  He earned no decision in the Mets win as the Mets scored two runs off Mariano Rivera with a Daniel Murphy double, a David Wright game tying hit & a Lucas Duda walk off base hit.

In June he began with those pesky Marlins in Miami who gave him some trouble. Over five innings they scattered ten hits, scoring four runs & giving Harvey a 5th inning exit. He earned no decision in the Mets 11-6 loss.

His next start came at Citi Field, where he faced off against Jose Fernandez. Harvey allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings of work, striking out six Marlins. The Mets only managed one run off Fernandez as well & then the bull pens came on, doing a fine job. The game went on for six hours & fifteen minutes before the Mets lost 2-1 in the 20th inning.


Matt Harvey & ex Girlfriend
SI Swimsuit Model- Ann Vyalitsyna
On June 13th Harvey went up against Adam Wainwright, the Mets nemesis from the 2006 NLCS. He was having a fine year himself & beat Harvey 2-1 earning his tenth win of the year (10-3).

On June 18th Harvey got the start in the first game of an exciting doubleheader for Mets fans. Not only was their star; Matt Harvey going but rookie Zack Wheeler was making his debut in his home state in the night cap. A John Buck HR led to a 4-3 Mets win, as Harvey went seven innings, striking out a season high 13 batters.

On June 23rd he earned his seventh win, it came at Philadelphia in an 8-0 Mets romp over the Phillies. Harvey went six innings, allowing no runs on just two hits with six strike outs. His next start came at home against the Washington Nats who were struggling. 

The Mets gave him no support, as they lost 6-4 with Harvey earning no decision. In the game he went seven innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out eleven. It was his 5th double digit strike out game.

On July 3rd Harvey took a loss to the Arizona D-backs at Citi Field, allowing the most earned runs in any game he pitched all season, with five. He did strike out nine batters but also allowed nine hits in six innings. It was his second loss of the year (7-2).

On Monday July 8th, Harvey would start another Mets extra inning game. This one they would win 4-3 in 16 innings after five & a half hours of play in San Francisco. Anthony Recker reached on an error allowing Eric Young Jr. to score in the top of the 16th.

From there it was onto the All Star Game, as Matt Harvey got the start for the National League at Citi Field in New York. It was a glorious day for Mets fans, as Harvey was announced & later took the mound. This same night, the greatest Met of All Time; Tom Seaver tossed out a ceremonial first pitch to another Mets starting All Star legend; David Wright.

Harvey was shaky at first, allowing a lead off double to New Jersey born Mike Trout & hitting Robinson Cano with a pitch.  He then got 2012 Triple Crown Winner Mquel Cabrera to strike out.  Baltimore's HR leader Chris Davis flew out & Juan Bautista also went down swinging.

The Citi Field crowd gave him a standing ovation. Harvey came out in the second inning and retired all three batters in a row; David Ortiz, Ada Jones (strike out) & Joey Mauer. Harvey's All Star line was two innings, no runs, one hit & two strike outs with one hit by pitch.

It was back to regular season business on July 21st, as Matt Harvey faced off against Cliff Lee & the Phillies at Citi Field. This night the Mets supported Harvey with 1st inning HRs by David Wright & Marlon Byrd. It was 5-0 when Harvey exited after seven innings of three hit shut out ball. He notched his sixth double digit strikeout game as well with ten., while besting his record to 8-2.

On July 26th, Harvey pitched another outstanding game, allowing just one run & five hits in eight innings of work in Washington D.C. The Mets ended up being held down to one run by Ross Ohlendorf through seven innings. In the bottom of the 9th, Ryan Zimmerman blasted a walk off HR off Latroy Hawkins, filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.

On August 1st, the Marlins handed him his third loss, two coming from them alone. It was a 3-0 shut out from Tom Kohler (six innings) A.J. Ramos (two innings) & Steve Cishek (one inning).

On August 7th, Matt Harvey had another one of his finest days of his young career. He pitched his first complete game, a four hit shut out at Citi Field, over the Colorado Rockies. He struck out six & walked nobody in the 5-0 win, which turned out to probably be his last win of the season.

By mid August, we can now see where Harvey began to struggle, possibly due to the trouble in his elbow. He said he felt a bit of discomfort there as any pitcher has felt at points during a season. On August 13th, in Los Angles he allowed four runs & eight hits to an incredibly hot Dodgers team that beat New York 4-2, behind the pitching of Hyun-jin Ryu.

His next start was in San Diego, he had decent outing but allowed two runs on six hits which was not enough, since the Mets supplied little offense again. The bullpen also faltered, as Will Venable hit a walk off HR off Pedro Feliciano.

On August 24th, it was the first time in MLB history that the two starting pitchers of that years All Star Game went head to head in the same season. NL's Matt Harvey went up against the AL's Matt Scherzer.

The elbow was most likely an issue, as Harvey allowed just two runs, but a career thirteen hits to the Detroit Tigers. He was the losing pitcher in Scherzer's 3-0 FOX Game of the week telecast.

It turned out to be Harvey's last start of 2013, as it was discovered he has a slight tear in his UCL in his pitching elbow.

 Matt Harvey gave Mets fans a great season
Harvey was leading the league in strike outs with 191 when he went down for the season. He went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA (third in the NL) while allowing the fewest HRs per nine innings (0.353).

He had one complete game, pitching in 178 innings in 26 starts & walked just 31 batters. He averaged 9.6 strike outs per nine innings (3rd in the NL). He averaged 1.5 walks per nine innings (4th best) & he was second in the NL with 0.931 walks & hits per nine innings.

At first Harvey said he would not get surgery & opted for rehab. Then on October 4th, he said he would have Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow & would miss the entire 2014 season. It was a devastating blow to Mets fans who were hoping it would be Harvey that would change the organization around like Seaver & Gooden did in the past.


That would now have to wait one more season. On October 22, 2013 Harvey had the successful surgery done by Dr. James Andrews. By Spring 2014 he was told he could toss a ball around but would still miss 2014.

Quotes: Harvey at Spring Training 2014 "Dr. Altchek said everything was fine and basically that I can start throwing. That was obviously good news for me. Since it is four months out, the process is going to be slow. I have to not push things. He just wanted to make sure I knew that and I was clear with that. Obviously we're not going to push things early. But, for me, being able to wear my glove and pick up a ball again is a good sign."


Harvey did not pitch in 2014 as the organization felt it was better for him to wait, so he'd be stronger by Spring 2015. At the last week of February during Spring Training 2015, Harvey threw for the first time to live batters. He threw 40 pitchers to live batters but they did not swing. 


Quotes: Matt Harvey- It was awesome, Obviously throwing a bullpen on the '10-pack' with nine other guys is a different feeling than facing basically our 'Core Four,' or whatever you call it. You step in the box and you have David in there, it's a good feeling to have that and be back. I couldn't feel better. It was a good day. 

The biggest thing today is getting used to having somebody in there and getting that feel of somebody standing in the box. Obviously them not swinging, you don't quite get all the feel of what you need to work on or exactly what is working at the time and what isn't."

Trivia: In 2013 Harvey posed nude for ESPN's fifth annual body issue. 

Harvey was dating Russian swimsuit mode Anne Vyalitsyna, but the two split up in Feb. 2014. They had been seen around New York City at various events (as well as in Russia) quite often during their time together. Harvey was seen around New York with model Shannon Rusbuldt last summer as well.

Harvey has earned the nickname: "The Dark Knight of Gotham" as well as "the Real Deal".

As the 2015 season began there was a lot of expectations on the Mets & pressure to perform. The excitement of the return of the "the Dark Knight" Matt Harvey was just as big. Manager Terry Collins said getting Harvey back in the rotation, was like signing a top free agent. 2015 marked the regular season return of Matt Harvey from Tommy John surgery.

APRIL: Matt Harvey made his much anticipated return on April 9th, the third game of the 2015 Mets season in Washington DC. Harvey was outstanding striking out nine Nats allowing just four hits & no runs over six innings of work, before Terry Collins pulled the plug on him. Harvey earned his first win & his season looked bright, exciting Mets fans.

On April 14th he made his first home start in front of 39,89 at Citi Field against Philadelphia. He allowed three runs over six innings, but The Mets gave him run support with a Daniel Murphy HR, a Lucas Duda bases loaded double & Matt Harvey with his own RBI base hit led to a 6-5 Met win.

After a win over the Marlins, he closed out April with an exciting subway series win in the Bronx. Harvey pitched 8.2 innings on the Saturday afternoon broadcast, as all of New York was caught up in this one bringing some life back to the played out subway series rivalry.

The Mets won 8-2 as Harvey struck out seven allowing five hits, ending his first month back from surgery at 4-0 with 3.04 ERA & 31 strike outs. The win came after the previous nights loss which had snapped an 11 game win streak. Harvey showed that he was still the guy who made a difference.

May: In another big start coming early in May, he went up against the Mets NL Eastern rivals the Washington Nats at Citi Field. Harvey was great shutting them out for seven innings on his way to a 4-0 combined Mets shut out. The Mets were riding high in first place as  the Nats fell six back.

The rest of May wasn't as king for Harvey he earned two losses, including a horrible outing at Pittsburgh where he gave up seven runs over four innings as the Mets took a weekend sweep. He did pitch two fine outing where he went to the 7th inning or later but earned no decisions despite shutting out both the Cards & Cubs in those games.

He closed out the month with a season high 11 strike outs in a 4-3 loss the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

June: In June, he had a fine outing on June 16th, where he shut out the mighty Blue Jays line up at Skydome in Toronto. In that game he allowed just four hits in seven innings. It was the last game the Mets won before going on a seven game losing streak & falling out of first place. His next start would be a loss at Atlanta in that mess.

July: He closed out the first half of the season with a victory over the d-backs at Citi Field. In that game he also hit his only HR of the season, a two run shot helping his cause. At the All Star break he was 8-6 with a 3.07 ERA, certainly establishing himself that Matt Harvey was back.

In Harvey's first start of the second half, he lost at Washington to Gio Gonzalez as he gave up five runs just two of them earned. Harvey drove in the only two Mets runs of the game as well. At that point the Mets fell three games behind the Nats.

His next start was a win against the Dodgers in a NLDS preview, where the Mets supported him with 15 runs. In this game Harvey drove in two more runs, now giving him a stretch of three straight games where he had driven in a pair of runs each time. His record now was at 9-7.

On July 31st was the day or you could say that week where the Mets whole season turned around. The Nets had recently brought up young Michael Conforto, acquired Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Addison Reed & Tyler Clippard, as well as Sandy Alderson making the Mets biggest deal in years, landing Yoenis Cespedes. With Noah Syndergaard & Steven Matz also in this outstanding young rotation, the Mets were a force to be reckoned with.

August: On August 5th Harvey threw seven shut out innings in Miami, as he won his tenth game of the season (10-7). This came in the midst of a Mets seven game win streak, a stretch of 11 out of 13.

On August 11th, Harvey threw eight more shut out innings at Citi Field in a 4-0 Mets win over the Colorado Rockies. The Mets regained first place and never looked back, the swept the Nats in a critical series & kept winning as the Nat kept finding ways to loose.

Harvey closed out August with two no decisions although in those games he allowed just one run in twelve innings combined. In five starts dating from July 31st to September, the same point where the Mets season turned around, Harvey allowed just two earned runs in 34.2 innings pitched, with 33 strike outs & just two walks.

September: On September 2nd he beat the Phillies, while striking out nine batters at Citi Field earning his 12th win. In that game he allowed four earned runs, the most runs he allowed since June 10th. The nine strike outs marked the seventh time he would have nine or more Ks in a game in 2015. He would make it ten at seasons end.

There was talk a few times about six man rotations, which happened on & off. There was the concern for innings thrown be these young starters, some were in the minor leagues at the start of the year & of course for Harvey who was coming off his surgery. Mets management dis a fine job at handling all these concerns.

Drama: But at the start of September with the Mets fighting to stay in first place & make the post season, Harvey's agent Scott Boras started belly aching about a 180 innings limit for Harvey. Harvey should have kept quiet but stated he thought Dr. James Andrews also told him about the limit. Later Andrews said he never stated that innings limit.

Quotes: "I never want to put the ball down. Obviously, I hired Scott as my agent and went with Dr. Andrews as my surgeon because I trusted them to keep my career going and keep me healthy. As far as being out there and being with my teammates and playing, I'm never going to want to stop. But as far as the surgeon and the agent having my back and looking out for the best of my career, they're obviously speaking their minds."


The feedback was negative & for the first time in his career, the fans, the media & all of New York was mad at Matt Harvey. His manager tried to stick up for him, GM Sandy Alderson said the plan was 185 innings plus the playoffs. The team said the issue would be looked at & addressed. Harvey back tracked his words & said he wanted to pitch.


His next start after all the controversy wasn't that good, he was beat up for seven runs on eight hits, in just 5.1 innings. He did not get a decision in the Mets 8-7 loss. It would be 12 days before a rested Harvey would pitch again.

This start came on a Sunday night subway series ESPN televised game. With all the talk about pitching limitations Harvey shut out  the AL New York team for five innings, he struck out seven & allowed just one hit in an electrifying performance.

Then he was removed from the game by Terry Collins, Harvey wasn't happy but complied with Collins & pitching coach Dan Warthen's wishes. The Mets went on to loose the game, now all the critics were yelling "why was he taken out of the game, should have kept him in". The drama continued...........

Mets Clinch NL EAST: On September 26th the whole drama of Harvey's past month was kind of put to rest, that's what winning does. That day in Cincinnati Harvey got the ball to go out & clinch the NL Eastern Division title. That he & the Mets did, he gave up just two runs, while scattering nine hits in 6.2 innings of work. But it was enough for the Mets as they supported him with ten runs, highlighted by a Lucas Duda1st inning grand slam & HRs by Curtis Granderson & David Wright.

The Mets clinched their first divisional title since 2006, the fans who deserved it more than any one were ecstatic. The Mets organization was also thrilled, the players, coaches & manager as well.

Matt Harvey now wanted the ball in the post season, pitch & innings counts meant nothing. He closed out the season matching his season high 11 strike outs in 2-0 loss (where he earned no decision) to Washington, who were now ending the season seven games behind New York.

2015 Regular Season Stats: As for Matt Harvey his regular season totals in 2015 were a 2.71 ERA (6th best in the NL), to go with a record of 13-8 (.619 winning %) with 188 strike outs in 189 innings pitched. He allowed 37 walks, 18 HRs, 156 hits & 57 earned runs. His walks & hits per nine innings (1.019) & his walks per nine innings ratio (1.759) were seventh best in the NL.

At the plate he batted .108 with seven hits, one HR. two doubles & 7 RBIs.

For his fine season & remarkable recovery fro the surgery Matt Harvey was awarded the 2015 NL Comeback Player of the Year Award.




Looking back at Matt Harvey's 2015 Post Season performances:

NLDS Game #3 Citi Field, New York: With the Mets & Los Angeles Dodgers tied at one game each in the NLDS, Mets Terry Collins sent Matt Harvey (13-8 / 2.71 ERA / 188 Ks) to the mound, in his first post season start. The Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sent Brett Anderson (10-9 / 3.69 ERA / 116 Ks) to face off against him.

Harvey had been saved for the third start for three reasons, one because Jacob deGrom deserved the nod over him, Harvey needed to cut down on innings & it was the first home post season games for the Mets in nine years. It all came down to this for Harvey, in his short but very news worthy career.

Harvey was not usual over powering self on this night, a shaky 2nd inning saw L.A. score three runs on four straight hits. Yasmani Grandal who had not gotten a hit with runners in scoring position in what seemed like forever, came through clearing the bases. But these post season 2015 Mets answered right away & supported their pitcher.

Yoenis Cespedes singled on a grounder to Jimmy Rollins. Lucas Duda also singled. The Mets fans came back to life, making lots of noise. Travis d'Arnaud then singled home the Mets first run scoring Cespedes. Wilmer Flores then singled as well. Curtis Granderson, The Grandyman delivered with a bases clearing double off the right center field wall, putting New York ahead.

In the home 3rd, Cespedes singled again & Travis d'ARnaud followed with a long HR to left field putting the Mets up 6-3.

In the 4th Juan Lagares doubled to start things off. With two outs Don Mattingly chose to walk David Wright & pitch to Daniel Murphy. Murph came through again, driving in Lagares with a base hit. Then Yoenis Cespedes launched a tremendous HR into the second deck in left field, an estimated 425 feet, putting the Mets up 10-3. Citi Field went wild, as Cespedes came out for an old fashioned Mets 1980's style curtain call. Cespedes had three hits, a HR & 3 RBIs.

Harvey pitched with heart, 5 innings, 3 runs, 7 hits, 7 Ks & 2 walks. He was relieved by Bartolo Colon who to the delight of the Citi Faithful, struck out the side in his first  inning of work.

The Mets added to the rout tacking on three more runs in the 7th inning. Travis d'Arnaud stated off with his third hit of the night. Wilmer Flores & Juan Lagares both walked & Michael Conforto came through with a pinch hit sac fly.

After JP Howell through a high tight one to Curtis Granderson, he answered with another shot off the wall. This one to left field driving in two more runs, bringing his RBI total to five on the night. It was now 13-4 Mets, setting a Mets  record for most runs in a post season game.

In the 9th Eric Goddel couldn't put it away allowing a three run HR to Howie Kendrick, Jeurys Fanilia had to come on & close it out. Mets took a two games to one lead with the 13-7 win. The twenty runs scored is an NLDS record.



NLCS Game #1- Citi Field, New York: The two young& amp; upcoming teams in the National League both arrived a bit earlier than anyone expected. The New York Mets & Chicago Cubs were now the two best last standing teams in the NL for 2015.

A crowd of 44,287 came out to a chilly 45 degree night at Citi Field in Queens, New York. Mets legend Keith Hernandez threw out the first pitch & it was on to the start of the Mets eighth NLCS series in team history.

In Game #1 the Mets Terry Collins sent "the Dark Knight" Matt Harvey to the mound, in the biggest game of his young career. The visiting Cubs Joe Maddon sent veteran Jon Lester to the mound.

Tonight Matt Harvey proved he is the big game pitcher everyone thought he was. Tonight he cleared up any doubt or any animosity any Mets fan had against him after the whole 180 innings pitched fiasco. Matt Harvey stepped up in the national spot light & gave a big time post season performance.

In the 1st inning he got the Citi Field crowd psyched up by striking out the first two Cubs batters. He ended the 2nd inning striking out Jay Soler looking. In the 3rd, after a lead off ground out, he struck out David Ross swinging & Jon Lester looking. In the 4th inning he got his sixth strike out wiffing Kris Bryant.

In the 5th he hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch & gave up a double to Starlin Castro. A single & a walk would follow but Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes threw a bullet nailing Castro at home plate  trying to run on him.

Harvey ended the inning striking out Jon Lester again. The Cubs went down quietly in the 6th as Harvey kept them under the Dark Knights control.

In the 7th he was still strong, although he gave up a single & issued a walk, he closed out the inning with two more strike outs.

It was his longest outing since August, he went into the 8th inning, pitching 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked just two & struck out nine.

He took a line drive off his shoulder, picked it up & threw out the base runner as well. He even had a rare successful sacrifice bunt, quite a night for the Dark Knight. Matt Harvey is now 23-1 when the Mets score four runs or more.

Everyone was talking about the Mets pitching & the Cubs bats. Tonight it was about the Mets pitching & the Mets bats, although not a huge offensive night it was certainly enough.

In the 1st, once again it was that man- Daniel Murphy, blasting a solo shot off Jon Lester. Murph became the first Met, since Donn Clendenon in the 1969 World Series, to hit HRs in three straight post season games.

After the Cubs had tied it, the Mets came right back, with one out Wilmer Flores& amp; Juan Lagares singled. Matt Harvey's unsuccessful sacrifice bunt got Flores out at third. 

But then Curtis Granderson singled, scoring Lagares with one of his two runs on the night In the home 6th, Met catcher Travis d'Arnaud launched a long HR to dead centerfield bouncing off the HR Apple. Right on cue the Apple rose as Citi Faithful roared. The Mets chipped away with their fourth run, including one in each of the last three innings, with some more good base running from Juan Lagares.

Lagares led off with a base hit & moved over to second on Matt Harvey's sac bunt. Lagares then stole third, the second Mets stolen base of the night. That's a lot for a team that is last in the NL in thefts.

Lagares' stolen base paid off, as "the Grandyman" came through once again hitting a sac fly to left field scoring Lagares.

With two outs in the 8th, Terry Collins took the ball from Matt Harvey after he had served up a HR to Kyle Schwarber. Jeurys Familia got the four save out, the game ending fittingly on a sparkling play at second from Murph. Mets win Game One 4-2, take a one game series lead.


2015 World Series Game #1- Kansas City, Missouri: The surprising National League Champions, were Terry Collins New York Mets, they came to Kansas City to face Ned Yost Royals, who were making their second straight trip to the Fall Classic.

In the World Series opener, Collins gave the ball to the ace, Matt Harvey (13-8 / 2.71 ERA / 189 Ks) Post Season (2-0 / 2.84 ERA) to the mound against the Royals; Edinson Volquez (13-9 / 3.55 ERA / 155 Ks) Post season (1-2 / 4.32 ERA).

As Matt Harvey threw the first pitch to open up the 2015 World Series, Alcides Escobar drilled a shot to left centerfield. Either Yoenis Cespedes didn't see it or just misjudged horribly, it dropped between him & Michael Conforto.

The speedy Escobar rounded the bases for the first inside the park HR since the very first batter of the very first World Series in 1903.

Note: In the 4th inning FOX lost its main& amp; backup generators causing a power outage. This led to the loss of the television feed & the audience lost of one at bat.

In the 4th inning Daniel Murphy, who was the superstar of the previous two rounds of the playoffs, continued his hot hitting as he singled to center field. He set a franchise record with 17 post season hits.

With one out, the Royals put the shift on to the right side for Lucas Duda. Duda found a hole and singled to right, with no one at third base, Murphy raced to third base putting runners on the corners. Travis d'Arnaud then got an infield single to third baseman Mike Moustakas, scoring Murphy with a nicely designed run.

In the 5th inning Curtis Granderson lined a solo HR to right field, putting the Mets up 2-1. Later in right field Granderson made a fantastic catch saving the game up to that point. In the top of the 6th, Yoenis Cespedes led off with a base hit. The Royals put another shift on Lucas Duda & he singled again, this time in a hole. Again with the shift on, Cespedes was able to take third.

Two batters later, Michael Conforto hit a sac fly to left. The strong arm of Alex Gordon could not throw out the speed of Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets went up 3-1.

As for, Matt Harvey he had settled in nicely after the 1st inning, making a great adjustment throwing more off speed stuff since the Royals seem to be waiting on fastballs. In the 2nd, two Royals reached base but were retired. Over the next three innings he retired nine straight getting him to the 6th innning.

In the 6th he ran out of gas, Ben Zobrist jumped on a first pitch & doubled to right. Lorenzo Cain singled, but Zobrist was held up at third. Eric Hosmer then hit a sac fly scoring Zobrist making it a 3-2 game. With two outs, Mike Mostakas brought in the tying run with a base hit.

Harvey exited after six innings, giving up three runs, five hits, two walks& amp; just two strike outs. The Mets bullpen did its job at first, Addison Reed pitched a perfect 7th inning.

In the 8th Juan Lagares hit a two out single & stole second base. Wilmer Flores then chopped a shot to two time Gold Glover Eric Hosmer who let the ball go off his glove into the out field. Lagares scored putting the Mets up 4-3. In the 9th the Mets had the Royals where they wanted, having a lead & the ball in Familia's hand. But Familia gave up the first HR allowed since three three months ago. The Royals tied it & went on to 14th inning win.


2015 World Series Game #5- Citi Field New York: It was do or die for the New York Mets tonight, and the dream was over, the team had truly ran out of gas. Bad fielding & no hitting lost them this world series. Terry Collins gave "the Dark Knight" Matt Harvey the ball to go up against the KC Royals.

Matt Harvey was outstanding through eight innings, putting in a valiant effort. He put the Mets on his back & said come on lets go, unfortunately they didn't give him enough support. Matt Harvey didn't allow a single until the 3rd inning then quickly erased that with a double play ball.

In the 4th, he got Citi Field fired up by striking out the side blowing away Cain, Hosmer& amp; Mostakas. In the 5th Harvey started out by striking out Salvador Perez. He then walked Alex Gordon but got the next two batters looking at third strikes. He would strike out nine Royals on the evening.

Harvey gave up singles in both the 6th & 7th innings but nothing came of them as he got ground ball outs to end the innings. He threw a strong 8th where he retired the side in order, which earned him the chance at a complete game. In the dugout as pitching Mets coach Dan Warthen came over to him, Harvey said there is no way I'm coming out of this game. Harvey then walked over to his manager & said the same thing.

Citi Field agreed as they continued their chants of "Harvey Harvey Harvey" all of America watching on TV agreed & eventually so did Terry Collins. Harvey came out for the 9th, but it was not to be. A lead off walk& amp; a Eric Hosmer double made it 2-1. Terry Collins then came out to pull Harvey, the Dark Knight left to a Citi Field standing ovation. It was a valiant effort!

Quotes: Manager Terry Collins on leaving in Harvey- "I let my heart get in the way of my gut".

For the Mets, Curtis Granderson, led off the Mets 1st inning with a HR, making it 1-0. It was his third HR of the World Series.

In the 6th the Mets got one run but blew a huge chance, as once again the bats were dead. Granderson walked, Wright singled & Murphy reached on an Eric Hosmer error. With no one out, Yoenis Cespedes fouled a ball off his knee cap, he then popped out & had to be removed from the game. Lucas Duda's sac fly was the only run the Mets produced as Granderson scored.

After Harvey exited The Royals struck again by not hitting the ball out of the infield. A grounder to Lucas Duda made it one out but the runner advanced to third.

Then came a bouncer to the left side of the infield. David Wright took, when maybe he should have let Wilmer Flores take it. Instead he checked the runner threw to first & got the out but Hosmer, , broke for home.

Lucas Duda's throw was nowhere near the plate & the Royals tied it. The Mets didnt hit again in the extra innings & in the 12th the Royals blew it open & went on to the World Series victory.

*Overall in the post season Matt Harvey pitched in four games. He was 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA. He struck out 27 batters & walked 8 in 26.2 innings of work. He allowed 21 hits, two HRs & nine earned runs overall.


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