When you combine the shortest outing of Matt Harvey’s career with the most runs he’s allowed in a game, you get tonight’s game at Citi Field. As I sit in the pressbox at 9:56 pm, Matt Harvey has been in the dugout for almost two hours as the Mets trail the Nationals 9-1 in the eighth inning. Unlike his other starts in 2016 where Harvey struggled to get out of the fifth or sixth inning unscathed, ex-Met Daniel Murphy quieted the crowd early when he drilled a 0-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer in the first inning. Two innings later, the Nationals scored seven runs (three unearned) and Harvey was gone. As Harvey walked off the field, the fans started to boo but by the time he crossed the grass onto the dirt in foul territory in front of the Mets dugout, even the most annoyed fans were silent as the Mets ace’s night ended before sundown.
Before the game, manager Terry Collins was hopeful that facing the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg might provide the adrenalin rush to Harvey that might help him regain the form he’s shown in past years. Instead, it’s turned out to be his worst outing of the season and the questions surrounding Harvey will swirl even more furiously in days before his next start.