Matt Harvey is currently going through a rough patch in his first season back from Tommy John elbow surgery, allowing a career-high seven runs Wednesday against the Giants and a total of 20 runs in 25 innings during his last four starts.
Harvey was fantastic right out of the gates this season, tossing six shutout innings in his return from surgery on April 9 and going 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his first eight starts. He’s gone 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA since, including giving up eight homers in four outings.
However, after Wednesday’s loss Harvey told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that there’s nothing wrong with him physically:
This is Major League Baseball. You can’t hit your spots, you can’t mix things in well, you’re not going to do your job very well. I just have to be better. There’s no excuses to be made. My job is to go out and put up zeroes. I’m not doing that very well. Right now I’m just not executing anything. … Physically my arm feels great. My body feels fine. It’s just a matter of executing my pitches.
Even with the poor stretch Harvey’s overall numbers include an 82/14 K/BB ratio in 80 innings, which is every bit as good as his pre-surgery numbers, but he’s served up 12 homers in 12 starts after allowing a total of 12 homers in 36 pre-surgery starts.