Matt Harvey allowed seven runs for the second time this month as the Mets were blown out by the Miami Marlins 13-1 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score
Harvey (5-6) allowed seven runs, 12 hits and two walks in four-plus innings, as he continued to struggle since returning from the disabled list earlier in September.
In four starts this month, Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA, as he has not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his four appearances. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the third inning that gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead and surrendered a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Miami a 5-1 lead.
Harvey left after surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth, but relievers Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles couldn't stop the bleeding, as they combined to allow five runs and five hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Milone allowed a two-run triple to Dee Gordon that made it 7-1, and Robles allowed back-to-back RBI singles to Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, an RBI triple to Brian Anderson and an RBI single to Ichiro that gave Miami an 11-1 lead.
While Norichika Aoki went 3-for-5, the rest of the Mets hitters combined to go 5-for-27 with 12 strikeouts off Dan Straily (10-9) and the Marlins bullpen.
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The first of Matt Harvey's last three starts of the season -- what could we expect? Well, considering he had a 12.19 ERA in his last three starts, not much.
Just as we got excited that Harvey threw up and in at 96 MPH to get Giancarlo Stanton out, he then gave up an RBI single to Justin Bour.
And then in the second, the Marlins pitcher Dan Straily hit a ground ball up the middle, through everyone. Embarrassing for the Mets to say the least. That hit was an absolute joke and just an unlucky situation for Harvey.
In all honesty, the fielding looked just as bad, if not worse, than the pitching did in the first couple of innings. Now that's not saying that Harvey looked good, that's just acknowledging how bad the fielding was.
Harvey's command still wasn't there, as evidenced by him decking Tomas Telis with a fastball in the butt. And then giving up a three-run home run to none other than Giancarlo Stanton. But, his velocity was up. So I guess that's a silver lining if you were looking to find one.
Harvey was taken out in the bottom of the fifth, when Christian Yelich came in to pinch-hit. Overall? Harvey's still off, and I'll be surprised if he gets back on before the end of the season.
To sum up this game for you all: Harvey was charged with seven runs, Tommy Milone was charged with two, Hansel Robles was charged with three, and Jacob Rhame was charged with one. I don't think anything else needs to be said.
Oh, and Harvey came out of this game with a 13.19 ERA in the now four starts since returning to the Mets. Eek.
Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.21 ERA) and the Mets face Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3, 4.35 ERA) and the Marlins in the second game of a three-game series at Marlins Park on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.