Mets Game 99: Win Over Diamondbacks
Mets 3 Diamondbacks 1
The Matt Harvey Era has begun.
Mets Game Notes
Matt Harvey: I love his mechanics — very tight, simple, efficient. It looks like he’s throwing out of a phone booth, which is exactly what I teach. Dare I say, he reminds me just a little bit of Tom Seaver? Maybe that’s too big a statement, but he displayed many features that caused that comparison; specifically: an assured confidence, without cockiness; pounding a 95+ MPH fastball in all four quadrants of the strike zone, and using it as a strikeout pitch; showing a hard overhand curve as his main secondary pitch; solid, efficient, consistent mechanics (minus the ridiculous and power-sapping drop and drive); displaying all-around athleticism; showing no fear, and keeping his cool.
Maybe I’m over-excited, but I really like what I saw of the young righthander, and looking forward to what he’ll show in the future. No doubt, he’s going to take his lumps, but if nothing else, Harvey has shown that he has Major League skills and traits that suggest he could be a front-of-the-rotation starter.
I didn’t notice the first time the Mets faced the D-backs, but there are a few Arizona hitters who hold their bat behind their back shoulder, with the barrel dropped down toward their backside — a la Fred Patek. Not sure why, as it seems like a setup that only adds complication and length to the swing. It’s sort of unusual to see that from one player, but two on the same team? That’s just weird.