Published on June 18th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
Harvey Has Been Mortal Late in Games
Terry Collins watched on from the dugout as Matt Harvey dominantly no-hit the Atlanta Braves for six innings on Tuesday afternoon. The Dark Knight of Gotham ended the game with a career-high 13 strikeouts on 116 pitches, but Collins almost mismanaged the game out of the Mets’ hands.
While Harvey has indisputably been among the best pitchers in baseball by every conceivable metric, he has faltered after crossing the 100 pitch threshold. According to Baseball-Reference, after pitch 101 opposing batters have teed off against the righty to the tune of .375/.444/.375. While the sample is still relatively small (28 plate appearances), batters have reached base more than .150 points higher than his highest comparable sample (a .297 OBP between pitches 26-50)
Collins allowed Harvey to begin the eighth inning having thrown 104 pitches and he struggled out of the gate, surrendering a walk on four straight pitches before allowing two consecutive singles that would end his afternoon. LaTroy Hawkins was able to strike out Brian McCann, but Jordan Schafer drove in two runs with a single to left that would bring the Braves within two runs with only one out in the inning. Scott Rice was brought in to face the lefty Jason Heyward, but the low-ball hitter was able to see Rice’s sinker well and drove in a run of his own before the Mets issued an intentional walk to Freddie Freeman. Bobby Parnell was able to strike out Chris Johnson to end the threat before throwing a scoreless ninth to lock down his 10th save of the campaign.
From Collins’ perspective it’s difficult to pull Harvey after such a dominating performance based off of a small sample size of 28 plate appearances, but it’s a reminder that Harvey is mortal. Just not before pitch 101.
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