Mets RHP Matt Harvey limited the Marlins to two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in six innings on Sunday in his third start of the season.
Harvey lowered his ERA to 2.45, but recieved a no-decision after the Mets were unable to generate run support until later in the game, which ended when the Marlins hit a walk-off home run in the ninth.
Harvey had five strikeouts and walked two batters.
"Each start and each outing from here on in is going to be a new test," Harvey said after the game. "Being able to go against that lineup and control the damage for the most part was definitely uplifting for me."
Harvey has allowed just five runs in three outings this season. The 28-year-old is coming off thoracic outlet surgery, which shortened his 2016 campaign after just 17 starts.
Harvey has looked nothing but good in his three starts this season. He has yet to return to being the dominant thrower he was when he first got to the big leagues, but that's OK. He doesn't have to be that guy, as he's been proving since before this season even started. Instead of relying on his fastball to get out of trouble, he's been far more strategic, using his secondary pitches in a way that makes his lesser fastball just as effective as it was when he was throwing in the mid-to-upper 90s.
Harvey and pitching coach Dan Warthen both had said they expect his heat to return as the season moves in to the summer and warmer weather, which is expected given his multiple surgeries during the last few years. If this is true, it should be a pretty fun and productive end to the season for Matt given how he's being forced to currently pitch more with his brain than his arm, when he puts it all together with added power...