Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harvey Unravels Yet Again

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harvey Unravels Yet Again

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CLEVELAND - The sequence now has unfolded three times in three cities, leaving Mets starter Matt Harvey and manager Terry Collins searching for answers.

Harvey navigates his way through five effective innings, yet once the scoreboard changes to the sixth, it unravels for him as it did Saturday. His pitches hang in the zone more than normal and opponents pounce. Runs pile up and Harvey's outings go south quickly.

"Right now I'm a little worried about ... he's cruising along and then all of a sudden it disappears fast," Collins said after a 7-5 loss to Cleveland at Progressive Field. "That's on my mind a little bit."

The sixth inning once again proved problematic as Harvey allowed three of his five runs. He had retired the first 13 batters before issuing a walk, then allowed five runs on six hits and three walks to the final 13 batters he faced.

Harvey (0-3, 5.71 ERA) has lost a career-high four straight decisions dating back to last season, and has allowed at least three runs in three straight starts for the first time.

"Right now, if we've ever seen Matt Harvey press, this might be the time," Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said. "He's really trying to force the issue right now."

The thought had been that Harvey would be better in his second season removed from Tommy John surgery, but the results have not followed. He's shown signs of being dominant and has pitched well early in games, but fizzles late.

Warthen said the issue stems from Harvey collapsing his back leg when there are runners on base. This leads to him "muscling" the baseball and throwing some pitches in the dirt. The quick arm Warthen credits Harvey with having isn't present when that back leg is collapsing.

Harvey carried a perfect game into the fifth before walking Carlos Santana with one out, and came within one strike of escaping the fifth with a no-hitter and the lead. …

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