Matt Harvey electric in New York Mets’ walk-off win

Matt Harvey electric in New York Mets’ walk-off win

“He represents a new beginning, a new awakening,” said SNY’s Ron Darling of New York Mets ace Matt Harvey moments before Harvey took the mound against the Detroit Tigers Friday afternoon at Tradition Field.

Harvey, 17 months removed from Tommy John surgery, was nothing short of dominant in his return to game action. The right-hander pitched two perfect innings, racking up three strikeouts and hitting 99 mph with his fastball. He needed only 25 pitches to complete his effort.

Facing an innings-limit this season, the flamethrower quipped to manager Terry Collins about returning to the mound for a third inning.

“I asked him if I could go out for a couple of more innings, and that was laughed about,” Harvey told the media. “You know, obviously, we both know that’s going to happen at some point, so giving him a little chuckle about wanting to go back out was my way of saying I understand the process and I know how things are going to go.”

The Mets defeated the Tigers, 5-to-4, on SS Matt Reynolds’ walk-off home run.

Game notes:

  • SP Noah Syndergaard struggled following Harvey, allowing two runs, two hits and two walks in two innings.
  • SS Wilmer Flores, who missed yesterday’s game after being struck by a pitch during the team’s game against Atlanta, collected two hits in three at-bats.

Looking forward: 

The Mets will send squad to Roger Dean Stadium to play the Miami Marlins on Saturday, while the team hosts the Atlanta Braves at Tradition Field.

Twitter user @MetsKevin11 showcases Harvey’s three strikeouts:

Photo credit: Michael G. Baron

  • Farid Rushdi

    I’m a die-hard Nationals’ fan and while I love to hear fans and pundits talk about our pitching staff, the only difference between ours and the Mets is depth at the end and experience.

    I think they are doing it right. You home-grow your rotation and then buy the rest on the free agent market.

    I think the Nats win the NL East comfortably this year but next year …….