Matt Harvey was slow to celebrate his shut down of the White Sox on Memorial Day after his slow start to the season.
Harvey was a major factor in the New York Mets one to nothing victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He allowed two hits in seven innings and also hit 98 miles per hour with a pitch for the first time in the season.
Harvey and New York Mets manager, Terry Collins, were both surprisingly cautious in claiming that Harvey had turned a corner from his sub par first 10 starts in the season.
Before the game Harvey had not won a game since May 8 and had a season earned run average of 6.08. With the win and the scoreless turn, Harvey lowered his ERA to 5.37.
Collins, earlier in the season, said that all Harvey needed was confidence. After the stellar performance from Harvey, however, Collins staidly referred to it as simply a “first step” toward returning to the form that had made Harvey an ace for the Mets pitching staff.
Harvey was also very hesitant to acknowledge any turn of fortune for himself.
“This isn’t going to really mean anything unless I continue it,” said Harvey after the game.
Harvey went on to say that his confidence was shaken during the game when he allowed Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu to get on base in the seventh inning. He also admitted that negative thoughts crept into his mind before retiring the next three batters he faced.
Harvey walked off after the seventh inning to a standing ovation from New York fans.