BALTIMORE – If Matt Harvey’s career is over sooner rather than later, his two starts against the Mets this season will likely have helped deliver the knockout punch.
Last month, the Mets’ stroke training against the former Dark Knight took over 4 ¹ / ₃ innings, and on Wednesday night, the bash session was further condensed. The Mets hammered their one-time ace in seven earned runs over three innings in a 14-1 win over the Orioles at the Camden Yards.
The Mets blew up six homers, one season high. Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney both went deep twice, and Pete Alonso and Mason Williams also met.
Harvey surrendered two of those homers as part of his brutal night and saw his ERA jump to 7.41
“He still has really good things,” Pillar said. “He has several places – we just did a really good job of getting him to throw the ball over the middle of the plate. I think guys did a good job of putting the pitches out on the edge even though they were too striking and not worried about getting deep into the numbers and just really trying to attack the middle of the pitch. ”
The Mets (30-24) came back from an ugly loss one night earlier in which David Peterson gossiped and will begin a seven-game home game Friday against the Padres and Cubs. On the road trip, which also included stops in Arizona and San Diego, they finished 5-4. The Mets lead NL East by 3 ½ games and reached a third of their season in pace for 90 wins.
“It’s something that is really never discussed,” Pillar said. “I saw a state the other day saying that we have held first place for over a month. With everything that has been going on [with injuries] it does not necessarily feel that way all the time, insofar as it feels like we are a first place team. ”
Harvey toasted after a third inning where the yards sent eight strokes to the plate and scored five runs. Pillar’s three-run homer was Inning’s most significant hit. The blast was Pillar’s first since returning from the injured roster on May 31, after maintaining a broken nose when he was hit in the face by a pitch. Pillar celebrated the homer by lifting his right arm as he rounded second base.
“It’s been a couple of years now being real horses,” Harvey said. “And it’s frustrating. The amount of work I put in between starts. ”
Jonathan Villar started the rally with a leadoff double, and Alonso’s unique single put runners on the corners. James McCann and McKinney delivered consistent RBI singles to give the Mets a 4-1 lead before Pillar launched a 94-mph fastball in the seats to the left field for three runs.
Alonso smashed a two-run homer in the first inning. The explosion was Alonso’s fourth in his last three games at this ballpark, dating to last season. Before the game, Alonso was asked how many homers he would hit if he played all of his home games at Camden Yards.
“As many as anywhere else,” he said. “Because if I hit them, they will go out. I do not care if I play in Yellowstone, they will go out. ”
McKinney blew up the Mets’ third homer of the night, a solo shot in the fifth against Adam Plutko, extending the lead to 8-1. Pillar and Williams hit consecutive homers in the eighth to continue the attack. Alonso struck an RBI double in the ninth before McKinney was read off with a three-run homer. The blast was his fourth since joining the Mets on May 26.
Taijuan Walker was handed a 7-1 lead in the third inning and drove through the Orioles. The right-hander’s only spot was a first inning, allowing three hits – one of which hit McKinney’s glove in the right field – including an RBI single for Ryan Mountcastle.
Over seven innings, Walker allowed an earned run of five hits with nine strikes and a walk. The right-hander lowered its ERA to 2.07. The Mets signed Walker to a two-year, $ 20 million contract late in the offseason.
“He has been much better than I expected,” said manager Luis Rojas. “He’s done so much for us.”