Matt Harvey finally lost today, although he only gave up one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings.
I’ll be honest – I’ve never been interested in his win-loss record. The Mets are 8-6 in games he starts, and 16-31 in games someone else starts – those are far more illuminating numbers.
The Mets couldn’t do anything against Adam Wainwright, but I’ll have to leave it to people who were able to watch the game this afternoon to judge whether that had more to do with Wainwright’s skill or the Mets’ lineup’s lack of it.
It seems telling that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided to intentionally walk Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the bottom of the seventh inning with the potential tying run on second base to force Terry Collins to pinch hit for Harvey, though.
At least they were able to get the game in so the fans who were able to go to a Thursday matinee and willing to brave the weather could enjoy the pitchers’ duel.
And then there’s this whole Cougar Life story – can I forget I heard about this one?
Tomorrow, Shaun Marcum will try again for his first win of the season. I’m assuming that Anthony Young‘s 0-13 start to the 1993 season is the worst in Mets history, so Marcum’s got a way to go before he makes the record books.
On the bright side, Marcum has pitched really well in his last few outings and even the Mets’ lineup should be able to manage a few runs off of Edwin Jackson.