One of the few bright spots for the New York Mets this season has been the pitching of Matt Harvey, but lately the team has even found a way to dampen that little bit of enthusiasm in Flushing.
The Mets once again wasted a gutty performance by Harvey, who despite not having his best stuff only gave up two runs over seven innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates before a crowd of 28,404 at Citi Field on Mother’s Day.
The problem is the Mets offense wasn’t any better, managing only five hits and going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. After Harvey left the game, the bullpen with the fourth-worst ERA (4.61) in baseball gave up the go-ahead run for a 3-2 loss.
With the loss, the Mets dropped 11 of their last 15 to fall to 14-20 on the season.
Harvey, however, has lived up to the hype. He is 4-0 on the season with a Major League-leading 1.44 ERA, but his record should be much better. His last four starts have led to four straight no-decisions, as Mets hitters have been unable to give him any run support.
That includes his last start against the White Sox, when he nearly pitched a perfect game but left after the ninth inning with the score tied 0-0. Up to that point, the only runner Harvey allowed to reach base was on a weak infield hit.
In Harvey’s last three starts, the Mets have managed to score just four runs.
And the hitting has been terrible at home. Over the 13 games at Citi Field, the Mets hit .194 and scored just 32 runs. In the last two games of the weekend series with the Pirates, Mets hitters struck out an astonishing 28 times.
Things don’t get any easier for the team this week, as they head to St. Louis for a four-game series with the Cardinals. The first place Cardinals are 23-13 on the year and have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, which isn’t good news for the struggling Mets offense.
Next weekend, the Mets will be in Chicago for a three-game series with the Cubs before returning home to host the Cincinnati Reds.