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Aug 01

Matt Harvey: About Last Night

When Matt Harvey is at his best, nights like Friday night almost look easy. He was lighting it up on the radar gun, retiring the first 16 batters of the night before allowing a Jose Lobaton single in the sixth. Two days after Noah Syndergaard carried a perfect game into the seventh against the Padres, Harvey does the same thing with one out in the fifth. All in all, Harvey finished with 7 2/3 innings of work. He allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out nine. Oh, and supposedly he hit Clint Robinson in the eighth. The video was inconclusive, but I guess professional umpires say that he did.

Below I’ve listed the particulars for the Mets starting pitcher for yesterday’s game. The tables and charts don’t exactly tell the entire story of last night’s pitching performance. These are just numbers, not stories, and each start is its own individual story. I like to think of these charts as the footnotes at the bottom of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. They’re not essential to making sense of the story’s narrative flow, but it definitely adds to the story’s richness if you understand the political and religious climates of late nineteenth century Ireland. In other words, it’s one thing to know that a thing occurred in a linear fashion, but it’s best to gain a deeper understanding as to why those events occurred.

Pitch Type Thrown Percentage
Changeup 6 5.5
Curveball 4 3.7
Fourseam 52 47.7
Two-seam 28 25.7
Slider 19 17.4

Matt Harvey Pitches by Type

Here’s a breakdown of pitch outcomes:

Outcome Changeup Curveball Fourseam Two Seam Slider
Ball 5 0 19 6 4
Called Strike 0 0 9 10 4
Swinging Strike 0 0 7 0 3
Foul 1 2 9 7 3
HBP 0 0 0 0 1
In play, no out 0 1 1 0 2
In play, out(s) 0 1 6 5 2
In play, run(s) 0 0 1 0 0

Matt Harvey Pitches by Outcome

 

Pitch Type Min (mph) Mean (mph) Max (mph)
Changeup 88.1 89.5 90.1
Curveball 94.8 85.4 86.1
Fourseam 94.2 96 97.6
Two-seam 93.3 96.01 97.2
Slider 86.7 90.4 92.9

Matt Harvey Pitch Velocities

Below are the pitch locations by both batter stance (left or right) and by pitch type:

10731_HarveyBatterPitch Location by Batter

By pitch type:

150731_HarveyPitchesPitch Location by Pitch Type

 

MLB Daily Heat Check

Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top five by average velocity and the pitchers that threw the hardest single pitch. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really good fastballs go a long way), but it’s fun.

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Avg. Start Speed (mph)
Nathan Eovaldi Yankees FF 97.3
Matt Harvey Mets FT / FF 96.01 / 95.99
Rubby De La Rosa Diamondbacks FT / FF 95.6 / 95.2
Taijuan Walker Seattle FF 95.3
Danny Salazar Cleveland FF 95.1

Starters Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

The five fastest pitches by starting speed all belong to Nathan Eovaldi. On a night where Rubby De La Rosa cranks it up to 98 on multiple occasions, he couldn’t match Eovaldi who nearly hit 100 and had eight pitches at 99-mph or over.

The relievers are listed below:

Pitcher Name Team Pitch Type Start Speed
Jeurys Familia Mets FF 99.2
Kelvin Herrera Royals FF / FT 99.1 / 98.6
Bruce Rondon Tigers FF 98.5
Jose Diaz Reds FT / FF 98.2 / 98.1
Carter Capps Marlins FF 97.4

Relievers Top Five Fastballs by Average (MPH)

Last night the separation throughout the top 10 was little closer. Kelvin Herrera was the only one who topped 100, hitting 101.3, but Jeurys Familia hit 99.8 and Bruce Rondon and Carter Capps topped 99 as well.

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