And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.
“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”
One good way to limit Harvey’s innings is to not pitch him when he’s ill or when he has ankle issues.
A lot of stuff happened in yesterday’s Mets game.
Apparenty, the Wilpons don’t want to be late on the next round of bank payments.
“Secondary considerations” was how Mets GM Sandy Alderson last month characterized the team’s decision to have Matt Harvey start the third game of this season at Washington, and subsequently, the second home game at Citi Field, instead of Opening Day at either stadium.
Well, that second home game was Tuesday night. And Harvey didn’t disappoint, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings while striking ...
The Harvey Effect has definitely impacted the Citi Field ticket sales, as the attendance for Tuesday’s game is expected to be near 40,000. Monday’s home opener was the second largest crowd at Citi Field (43,947) behind the 2013 All-Star Game. Once fans figured out how the rotation would unfold on the team’s 10-game homestand, tickets for Harvey’s starts have spiked. The attendance for his scheduled Sunday start is expected to be near 40,000 as well.
In case that one doesn’t do it for you, you might prefer the third-inning at-bat, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 97. Or you could skip ahead to the sixth, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 96. Between Strasburg and Harper, the Nationals have two young stars who’ve generated near-unparalleled hype. Thursday, Harvey out-played them both. It was a rather emphatic way for the phenom to kick off what promises to be an electric campaign.
Harvey was anointed as “The Dark Knight” by Sports Illustrated during his breakout 2013 season. It stuck, and apparently Harvey likes it enough to put on his bat.
According to the Mets’ internal numbers, the spin rate on those two pitches was higher this spring than it was in 2013 - and more consistently so too. Spin rate measures the revolutions a baseball makes on its way to the plate. The higher the spin rate for breaking balls, the harder they are to differentiate from a fastball and to make solid contact with.
“Everything is better,” Warthen said.
Here’s a NY Magazine feature about Matt Harvey.
Sandy Alderson is more clinical. “When someone transcends the sport and becomes a brand in and of himself, he needs to keep in mind what the foundation of that celebrity is,” the general manager says. “It’s not a fashion line. He’s a baseball player. But I think he’s smart enough to know that.Matt likes to talk. I don’t mean that in a negative way. He likes to talk things through and take time to absorb what he hears and consider ...
Some good news for Mets fans.
So, Fernandez’s timetable is 13-14 months.
Fernandez was due to throw 24 hours later. But only 30 pitches (no breaking stuff) from a bullpen mound. His surgery was May 16. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings mentioned he has never seen anyone in his 28 years in pro ball attack rehab like Fernandez has, and the blueprint has Fernandez back in the majors sometime from mid-June to mid-July.
He looked great.
Above the neck matters too.
More Matt Harvey info.
Harvey seems on schedule.
OK, that makes two people.
It will be interesting to see where his command is at the start of the season.
Which executives, managers and players will drive the MLB narrative in the coming season? Here’s a look at the 15 most interesting people in baseball heading into 2015:
1. Rob Manfred
After an extended run as Bud Selig’s most trusted aide, Manfred takes center stage in late January as baseball’s 10th commissioner. He’ll try to maintain the momentum that has made baseball a $9 billion industry while setting an agenda on pace of play, changes in the draft and free-agent compensation system, and ...
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