The return of Matt Harvey after Tommy John surgery had certainly been a successful one. He got his first win on April 9th, beating the Nationals with six shut out innings. On April 14th he beat the Phillies in a 6-5 win at Citi Field.
On April 19th, he allowed four runs but still earned a win over the Miami Marlins to get to 3-0. Then on April 25th, he starred in the early season subway series beating the A.L. New York team, pitching into the 9th inning allowing just two runs with seven strike outs.
Friday May 1st 2015: 33,178 fans came out to Citi Field to see Terry Collins first place Mets (16-8) take on Matt Williams Washington Nationals (10-14).
The Nats were the favorites in the NL East & considered the Mets main rivals they were already off to a slow start, a sign of things to come. Tonight the Mets continued to send an early message.
The Nats sent Matt Scherzer (1-2) to the mound, their high priced free agent from Detroit who was also off to a slow start. He would face Matt Harvey (4-0) off to a terrific start.
|Washington Nationals||New York Mets|
|1||Michael Taylor||CF||1||Curtis Granderson||RF|
|2||Yunel Escobar||3B||2||Juan Lagares||CF|
|3||Jayson Werth||LF||3||Lucas Duda||1B|
|4||Bryce Harper||RF||4||Michael Cuddyer||LF|
|5||Ryan Zimmerman||1B||5||Daniel Murphy||3B|
|6||Wilson Ramos||C||6||Wilmer Flores||SS|
|7||Ian Desmond||SS||7||Dilson Herrera||2B|
|8||Dan Uggla||2B||8||Kevin Plawecki||C|
|9||Max Scherzer||P||9||Matt Harvey||P|
Harvey would allow a base runner in every inning of this game but no one got past second base. He exited after seven innings allowing no runs on five hits, one walk & three strike outs. Alex Torres finished out the 7th inning & Jeurys Familia earned his 10th save.
The Mets provided the scoring as Michael Cuddyer started it with a solo HR in the 4th inning. In the home 8th Juan Lagares & Lucas Duda reached with singles off reliever Matt Thorton. New Matt pitcher Blake Treined then walked Cuddyer to load the bases. Then Daniel Murphy cleared the bases with a double to deep left center field.
The Mets won it 4-0 & held their biggest early season lead on first place at 4 1/2 games. Matt Harvey was now at 5-0 with a 2.41 ERA.