WHAT IT MEANS: Matt Harvey flirted with the second no-hitter in franchise history. He had to settle for just another dominating performance.
A look at Mets pitchers who opened the season with the most consecutive starts allowing one run or fewer per outing.
The Mets won, 4-2, Saturday at Target Field. Harvey threw 107 pitches and allowed only the one run. He issued two walks while striking out six.
Brian Dozier had a two-out single against Harvey in the eighth for the lone other hit surrendered by Harvey in eight innings.
Harvey became the first Met to open a season allowing no more than one run in any of his first three starts since Al Leiter in 2004.
“His fastball has gotten better as the game has gone on,” said one scout in attendance. “Very Verlander-ish.”
Tweeted Dwight Gooden: "Morneau got lucky... We need to come up with a nickname for this kid... He's the real deal... Matt "THE REAL DEAL" Harvey !!!"
Terry Collins clearly thought something special was in progress. He replaced Lucas Duda with Mike Baxter in left field to begin the bottom of the seventh. Baxter had made the no-hitter-saving catch on Yadier Molina’s shot to left field last June 1 as Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history.
A dominant Harvey improved to 3-0 and shaved his ERA to 0.82. He has allowed six hits and six walks while striking out 25 in 22 innings this season.
DEEP THOUGHTS: Marlon Byrd opened the game’s scoring with a leadoff homer in the fifth against left-hander Scott Diamond. The Mets went on to produce seven straight hits to begin the frame and tallied four runs.
The seven straight hits were just shy of matching the franchise record of eight straight, against Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 29, 1999. It marked the longest streak since also producing seven straight hits on Aug. 1, 2001 against the Houston Astros.
The Mets have now homered in all 11 games. It marks the longest streak of homers to open a season in the majors since Tampa Bay homered in 12 straight games to open the 2007 season.