Mets RHP Matt Harvey showed signs of progress despite allowing three runs in the first bullpen appearance of his career on Saturday.
With Noah Syndergaard throwing just one inning, Harvey came out after him in their "shared" start. Harvey let up two homers in his four-inning outing, yet he did like what he felt on the mound.
"Obviously I'm not happy about the two home runs -- coming in after Noah and giving the lead back, it's not ideal -- but I threw a lot of balls that I felt a lot better throwing. A couple good sliders, a couple good fastballs," Harvey said. "Overall it was better."
Harvey reflected on his tumultuous 2017 season where he has learned to take the positives out of any situation despite the negatives that have plagued him all year.
"As much as you get down on yourself and you don't want to continue, you have to realize that there are some positives out of what has happened in the last however many starts it's been," Harvey said. "Progress is the biggest thing, moving forward with that instead of basically giving up on yourself."
Manager Terry Collins was also happy with Harvey's performance despite the runs.
"It was great to see him out there. ... The point was to get him out there, get him in the game," Collins said. "I saw some outstanding sliders.
Overall, Harvey went four innings allowing three runs on two homers -- one two-run shot to Adam Lind and a solo homer to Matt Wieters -- while striking out two and walking two.
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Mets fans are frustrated that the Dark Knight has not risen yet, and Matt Harvey is clearly frustrated with himself as well. There may not be many positives to say about Harvey when he's on the mound, but the open way he addresses the media after the game has been a positive.
He's not beating around the bush or trying to make excuses for his performance. He's not blaming the loss or runs he gave up on the outfield or any teammates - like other Mets starting pitchers have done in the past.
Harvey has been raw and honest about his less than stellar performance recently, and that's impressed me. Do I wish I was being impressed by his pitching? Yes, but that's not happening right now.
He is taking responsibility, acknowledging that he's not on his game or performing anywhere close to his potential, and that work needs to be done in the offseason. He knows this all needs to be addressed to the media, as it's what the fans are speaking about, and he knows this all needs to be addressed through hard work as well.
Harvey keeps acknowledging all of this - now let's see his words go into action throughout this offseason.