Matt Harvey took it on the chin Wednesday night. Opposing his former team for the second time in a month, the wheels fell all the way off for the right-hander, unraveling to the tune of eight hits and seven runs over three disastrous frames.
The Mets, eager to redeem themselves after an embarrassing 10-3 loss in Tuesday night’s series opener, returned the favor Wednesday, pounding the Orioles in a 14-1 beat-down at Camden Yards. Four of the eight hits surrendered by Harvey, who has fallen off a cliff since starting the year 3-1 (0-6, 11.79 ERA in his last seven turns), went for extra bases including a three-run homer by Kevin Pillar, the outfielder’s first since literally breaking his face last month.
The one-time All-Star suffered a similar fate when he faced the Mets earlier this year, permitting seven runs in his much-anticipated return to Citi Field. The Dark Knight, as he was once known, hasn’t been particularly sharp against anyone (7.41 ERA over 54 2/3 innings), though the Mets have clearly had his number, as evidenced by Harvey's ghastly 17.18 ERA in two starts against the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2010.
Despite the chaotic way his Mets tenure ended in 2018—Harvey bristled at being demoted to the bullpen, facilitating his eventual trade to Cincinnati—the Mystic, Connecticut native was well-received by fans at Citi Field, who greeted him with a lengthy standing ovation upon his return last month.
The good news for Harvey, if there is any (even on the Orioles, owners of the American League’s worst record at 22-39, the 32-year-old’s roster status is tenuous at best), is that he won’t be toeing the rubber against his old team anytime soon. Wednesday concluded Baltimore’s season series with the Mets, who took three out of four, outscoring the O’s 27-14 in that span.