“This is the hardest I’ve seen Matt Harvey hit all season. The Dodgers are just doing everything right.”
That was Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez on the Mets SNY broadcast tonight, just after A.J. Ellis singled home Mark Ellis & Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the sixth to turn a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 margin that might as well have been ten times as large, considering how well Hyun-jin Ryu pitched.
Harvey, as you almost certainly know, is right up there with Clayton Kershaw & Adam Wainwright as far as the NL Cy Young voting. But on this night, he was outdueled by Ryu, who allowed just a single run — a Juan Ligares homer in the first — on five hits over seven innings, though he struck out just three. It helps Kershaw’s candidacy to hang a loss on Harvey, of course; having Nick Punto double in the first two runs of the game probably doesn’t help your case either.
After a scoreless inning from Ronald Belisario, Kenley Jansen came on for some reason after pitching last night. I mean, we say “for some reason” while knowing all the while that it’s because it was a save situation, even though it was a three-run lead. Jansen both walked a man and allowed a run, incredible rarities for him, but managed to get through it with help from a diving Carl Crawford.
That’s 22 wins in 25 games since the break, and not even more heroics from Paul Goldschmidt can make me think that Arizona suddenly has a chance. The Dodgers are now 19 games over 500. It never stops being incredible, does it?