The Dark Knight rose tonight, as Matt Harvey pitched five shutout innings en route to a 2-0 shutout victory for the Mets.
Harvey put on a performance reminiscent of his 2013 “Dark Knight” days, striking out five while only allowing one hit in five innings of work. Harvey even helped out his own cause, getting a single in the bottom of the third inning.
Harvey wasn’t the only Mets pitcher that impressed tonight, as Seth Lugo shredded the Phillies’ hitters by utilizing his nasty offspeed pitches and aggressively attacking the zone, allowing him to pitch two shutout innings and strike out four hitters.
Like the New York City weather, The Mets’ offense was frigid in tonight’s game. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth where Todd Frazier drove Yoenis Cespedes in on an RBI double, and Travis d’Arnaud brought Frazier across on an RBI single later in the inning.
Tom’s Player of the Game: Matt Harvey
Considering Harvey’s track record for the past couple of seasons, this start was one of the best, if not the best, performance we’ve seen from him since Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. Still, we should remain cautiously optimistic of how Harvey will perform this season, as this is only one start. Hopefully, knock on wood, Harvey will use this performance as a stepping stone to his journey back to stardom.
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