Harvey 'human' in loss to Dodgers

August, 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Harvey put it bluntly: He had a bad day.

After eluding trouble for four innings, Harvey ultimately was charged with four runs in six innings as the Mets lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, Tuesday night.

"I just couldn't locate anything," Harvey said. "When I tried to go in, it was over the middle. And when I tried to go away, I was yanking it.

"Against a team like that, when you're not hitting your spots and making quality pitches, they're going to put the ball in play. Tonight they found holes. Obviously I'm not happy about it, but I've got to move forward. The biggest thing is just not hitting my spots. I was pretty inconsistent all night."

Harvey walked two batters Tuesday. He had issued only one walk in his four other starts since the All-Star break.

"I was just off," Harvey said. "It was one of those games where I couldn't find a rhythm, I couldn't consecutively pitch to the spots that I wanted to. I was just struggling. I said I'm not happy about it. ... I didn't make my pitches. If I made my pitches it would be a different story and things would have been different. I needed to go out there and put up zeroes and I didn't do that today. I couldn't locate anything. I couldn't throw a slider for a strike."

Said Terry Collins: "He made a lot of mistakes. He had a lot of breaking balls on the plate in the one inning -- in the sixth inning, I think three of the four hits were all off-speed stuff that he left on the plate. The one pitch to [Yasiel] Puig was a changeup he left on the plate, or a slider that didn't break. And he hung a couple of curveballs. His secondary stuff is usually pretty effective, especially when they've got to hunt the fastball. And, obviously, you look at all of the deep counts, that's very uncharacteristic of the way Matt has been pitching.

"He got out of a couple of jams with double plays, but he's human. So there's going to be nights."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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