Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with two ground outs and two strikeouts against Mets starter Matt Harvey in Saturday’s 8-2 loss. The two had never squared off against each other. Harvey broke out in 2013, but Rodriguez was battling an injury during a late-May four-game set in 2013 and never got to face them. And, of course, for different reasons, both players missed all of the 2014 season.
Harvey struck out Rodriguez for the final out in the first inning with a 2-2, 89 MPH change-up. He induced ground outs in the third and sixth inning, then struck out Rodriguez again in the ninth inning on a 2-2, 98 MPH fastball. Here’s what Rodriguez had to say about Harvey after the game, via MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
A-Rod on Harvey: “Wow. As good as advertised. … The Mets are in good shape. He’s a cornerstone of that franchise.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 25, 2015
Harvey is now 4-0 in his first four starts of the season, showing he’s back in form after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In Saturday’s outing, he went 8 2/3 innings, yielding two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Despite the unproductive afternoon, Rodriguez still owns a terrific .250/.400/.518 triple-slash line with four home runs and 11 RBI. He is two home runs shy of tying Willie Mays at 660 career home runs, fourth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard.