Matt Harvey took the mound for the Orioles Friday for the primary time since signing a minor league contract with the membership again in February. It didn’t go effectively. The 31-year-old right-hander allowed three runs on 4 hits, walked none and struck out none in two innings of labor, tossing 31 complete pitches between the 2 frames, incomes himself a 13.50 ERA.
Harvey’s commonplace field rating line isn’t nice, however the deeper metrics (the fuller story) are worse nonetheless. Leaning totally on his 4-seamer (19/31) Harvey was hit arduous, giving up a median exit velocity of 93.1 to Toronto hitters. His pitches have been lifeless and non-deceptive. Of the 31 pitches tossed, Harvey managed to induce one swing and miss (6% Whiff) and 4 referred to as strikes (16% CSW). Opposing batters have been in a position to put 10 balls into play (32% BIP) whereas fouling off six. Toronto batters maintained the benefit each mentally and bodily.
The knowledge right here shouldn’t be an end-all indictment of Harvey’s upcoming season or of the Orioles’ determination to tackle the low threat/any reward experiment with him. It’s merely data. Issues didn’t go effectively within the debut. And sure, the optimist can use the annual disclaimer of “it’s simply spring coaching” as a suggestion that Harvey ought to enhance with extra work. However perceive that gamers aren’t entering into spring chilly anymore. Most pitchers have been getting work for a while now and at any time when they step on the mound they absolutely intend to pitch effectively.
So any enhancements we’re hoping for aren’t going to return from effort however from means, a commodity recognized to fade with age.