Last night, Matt Harvey would make his debut for the Cincinnati Reds. And while it didn’t last too long, Harvey would do just fine. En route to leading the Reds to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, The Dark Knight tossed four scoreless innings–allowing just one hit while striking out two. And as for that hit? Well, it should’ve been caught. But that doesn’t matter. None of that really matters.
All that does matter, in fact, is how Harvey feels. And after last night, he feels great. But more than that, he would hit 96 miles per hour on the gun during his start. We haven’t seen that in a while, and neither has he.
“I hadn’t seen that in a while,” Harvey would tell ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “It was good to know it’s still in there.”
The Dark Knight needed just 55 pitches to get through four innings Friday night, but a limited pitch count made sense. After all, it was his first start in more than three weeks.
“It’s a good first start,” said Harvey. But he knows there’s so much more to come. “Obviously it’s only four innings; there’s a lot of work and a lot of season left. But I think to go out there and be successful and get outs, help a team win, is very important.”
And again, this is the perfect opportunity for Harvey. There’s no pressure on him right now. The Reds aren’t going anywhere this season. It’s all about getting better. And maybe, just maybe, getting back to the pitcher he once was.
But that’s a little ways down the road yet.