Diamondbacks 5 Mets 3
At the halfway point in the season, Matt Harvey finally proves he’s human.
Mets Game Notes
He’s not Superman after all — Harvey is human, puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us, after all. Perhaps his kryptonite was the rain delay. Since he gets hyped up prior to ballgames — similar to a football player’s mentality — it’s possible that the hour-plus delay was too long to be that amped without competing; in other words, the adrenalin stopped flowing. I have to believe that his mindset has at least something to do with his spectacular pitching, and one can only remain fired up while inactive for so long.
While Harvey was off in general, Miguel Montero in particular was strangely comfortable against him, and handled him as well as anyone has this year. Montero was 2-for-2 with 2 walks and a sacrifice fly, which doesn’t sound all that dominating, but watching him in the box it was evident that he was confident and comfortable. Not used to seeing that.
In the end, it was frequent Met killer Cody Ross who dealt the biggest blow — a three-run homer to give the Snakes a lead they’d never relinquish. That’s the same Cody Ross that the Mets considered signing as a free agent last winter, then didn’t, then reconsidered, then didn’t, right?
While Harvey had an off-night, Snakes starter Randall Delgado had an on-night, going seven strong and allowing only two runs on seven hits and no walks in earning his first win as a Diamondback.
It was nice to see Daniel Murphy go yard. It was not nice to see Daniel Murphy choose not to run on an infield pop-up in his previous at-bat. Normally, Murphy is hustling all the time — where did this come from? I hope it’s not a sign of things to come — he’d quickly become a lot less likeable if he became a dog.
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