Matt Harvey had a strong outing against the Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter, limiting them to one run on five hits while striking out five and walking two in 5.1 innings.
Harvey, whose fastball topped out at 95 MPH, threw 90 pitches (53 strikes) while facing a Cardinals lineup that featured most of their regulars, including Dexter Fowler, Tommy Pham, Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna, and Yadier Molina.
"Being able to get up to 90 pitches like I did today and still feel good … that's what's key," Harvey said afterwards, adding that he's been able to "put it all together" over his last few outings.
"I was able to get some good speed on the slider again" Harvey said of a pitch that reached 91 MPH on Tuesday, saying he'll be able to have lots of success if he "can do that and be able to throw that to both lefties and righties and keep them off balance."
During his start last Thursday against the Marlins, Harvey struck out eight batters -- including the last five he faced -- while allowing three runs on six hits (all singles) and one walk in 5.0 innings. His fastball during that start topped out at 96 MPH.
Harvey is slated to make one more Grapefruit League start, this coming Sunday against the Marlins at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.
He is expected to be in the starting rotation to start the season along with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and likely Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.