The Washington Post

Harvey is hammered by former team again



BALTIMORE — With a second absolute thumping at the hands of his former club, ex-new York Mets star Matt Harvey has reached the part of his comeback attempt at which he has come all the way back down to earth.

Harvey allowed half the damage in a 14-1 Baltimore Orioles loss Wednesday night at Camden Yards before an announced crowd of 9,584, cooling the team’s hot streak and completing a month bookended by bad starts against the Mets by the former all-star.

The 32-year-old right-hander, an all-star for the Mets in 2013 who helped them to the World Series in 2015, had a 3.60 ERA through seven starts this season when he was warmly welcomed back to Citi Field on May 12 for his first start there since he was released into the baseball wilderness in 2018. He allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings that day, 17 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over four starts since, then gave up seven runs in three innings Wednesday. His 7.41 ERA is the highest among those with at least 10 starts in all of baseball.

Just as happened to Bruce Zimmermann a night earlier, Harvey watched a one-out walk by Francisco Lindor come around to score on a home run by Pete Alonso in the first inning. His seven-pitch second inning was as good as it got, though. One run was in already in the third when James Mccann and Billy Mckinney had two-out, run-scoring singles to bring out pitching coach Chris Holt. Two pitches later, Kevin Pillar hit a three-run home run to left field. Harvey finished the inning, but that was it for him.

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