The Matt Harvey Express has hit upon some rough times over the last month or so. Harvey, who was so dominant for most of the season, appears to be slowing down and hitting the proverbial wall, which is to be expected.
Harvey has pitched 178.1 innings this year, and is expected to have an innings limit of about 200, We have seen over his last few starts he has been less than Harveyesque. Some of it might be fatigue, but most of it has been lack of love from the Mets offense.
Harvey struggled yesterday yielding a career high 13 hits, but he allowed no walks and only surrendered two runs. Once again the Mets batting order betrayed him, scoring no runs and leaving the bases juiced in the bottom of the 6th. The bases were loaded (Murphy single, Davis double, Flores walk) with one out when Lagares whiffed and Buck hit a pop-up to SS. How many times this year have the Mets done this? Too many to count. How many times has this anemic offense let Harvey down?
More importantly, over Harvey's last 10 starts the Mets are 4-6, and one of those wins was a Harvey complete game shutout over the Rockies. In those 10 games, the Mets only scored 28 runs...2.8 runs/game. Included in these 10 games were two 5-0 shutouts.
A team can only ask a pitcher to do so much. Sooner or later the team is going to have to pick the pitcher up. The Mets have failed miserably in this category.
Fans have come out in droves to see the Harvey Express, buying T shirts and jersey's, going to the park and watching on TV. They have shown the love. The Mets on the other hand have betrayed their ace.
Elvis is going to have to seriously look to bolster his anemic offense. This team is on the verge of making some noise with a solid young pitching staff, but this team is riddled with players without a position (Flores, Duda, Murphy, Satin, etc). They need to bolster their promising young pitching staff with some solid bats and fielding.
Sooner or later this frustration is going to wear Harvey down. Now it's up to Alderson to protect his young ace and staff.
Fans have shown Harvey the love, now it's time for the Mets to show him the love.