Sunday, June 2, 2013
Harvey: 'I'm not happy about the start at all'
By Adam Rubin
MIAMI -- Matt Harvey wasn't hit hard, but he was not happy after surrendering a career-high 10 hits and season-high-matching four runs in five innings while taking a no-decision in an 11-6 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
"I'm not happy about the start at all," Harvey said after the Mets were swept in three games.
The right-hander added: "I didn't execute my pitches very well. And it's one of those days where they found the holes. I didn't feel like I was getting squared up that much. It was just a matter of it seemed like all series, if they needed a hit, they were finding the holes. Unfortunately it happened to me today. I'm mostly just excited I get to face them again on Friday."
Harvey ended up increasing his percentage of offspeed pitches after the second inning. He was upset with himself for not adjusting earlier as the Marlins pounced on early count fastballs.
"It's more of a frustration of not picking up on it earlier," Harvey said. "I noticed they did that last time when we came down here. I just didn't do a good job of starting off the game like that. It's something I learned from. Obviously it was a rough weekend for us. But we've got to go into Washington and try to beat them three games."
Said catcher John Buck: "It wasn't like his stuff was bad. The stuff was unfortunate. Afterwards he pitched well and gave us a chance to get back in the ballgame."
Despite his shortcomings, Harvey did depart with a 6-4 lead. Scott Rice then surrendered three consecutive seventh-inning walks, all of which scored. Marcell Ozuna had the big hit -- a two-run double. Terry Collins said he left in Rice to face Ozuna because the rookie had a .160 average against left-handed sinkers, and because the Mets' bullpen was taxed.
"I never want to go out there and not compete," Rice said. "I felt that's what I did today. I just wasn't able to get my fastball over today."
As for the abrupt reversal of fortune after sweeping the Yankees and taking a five-game winning streak into Miami, Harvey said: "Obviously it's frustrating coming down here and losing, but it's over and done with. And we've got to move on and get prepared for Tuesday."