Mets RHP Matt Harvey tossed three scoreless innings (48 pitches, 27 for strikes) while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out one against the Tigers on Monday afternoon at First Data Field in his second Grapefruit League start.
"I was really happy with how it was today," Harvey said after the game about his arm strength. "In the third inning I felt really strong."
With his fastball ranging between 92 and 95 MPH and topping out at 96, Harvey worked around a two-out walk to Miguel Cabrera (who he had appeared to strike out looking) in a scoreless first inning.
Harvey, who was working on his two-seam fastball at the bottom part of the zone and also throwing an assortment of sliders, changeups, and curveballs, worked around a one-out double while striking out one in the second inning.
In the third inning, Harvey retired the first two batters before allowing an infield single to Jose Iglesias. Harvey then got Cabrera to ground out to third base to end his day.
"Being able to get no runs and be able to still throw all my pitches and keep guys guessing, and be able to ... finish the outing strong and come out with zeroes," was key for Harvey, who noted that he didn't feel as sharp as he did during his first start. "I think the third inning I felt better than I did the first two innings. Usually it's the other way around."
"I got out of whack (mechanically) a little bit today compared to my last start," he concluded. "We'll keep working on making sure that's solid going forward, and really in tact for the start of the season."
The 28-year-old Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. And he said last month that he might have tried to do too much too soon last season.
Harvey, who is eligible for free agency after the season, said earlier during Spring Training that he has a lot left to prove.
"Going in to this year, I strive to be better than I was before," Harvey said. "There's no reason why I can't. I'm still 28, 29 years old. There's a lot left in the tank. I'm ready to go, I'm excited. The ball is coming out better than it has in a long time. I'm just excited."