The Nats won the crucial first series of the season against the Mets in New York and improved to 25-16 on the season for the best start in team history.
Nobody knew which Matt Harvey would show up tonight as he has been struggling, and it was the bad Harvey. He gave up a 2-run HR in the 1st inning to his ex-teammate Daniel Murphy on an 0-2 pitch. The wheels came off the bus in the 3rd inning for Harvey with bases loaded as Ryan Zimmerman hit a possible 6-4-3 doubleplay ball to Asdrubal Cabrera and he booted it and Harvey fell apart and the Nats pounced for 7 more runs knocking out Harvey in his shortest outing of his career at 2 2/3 innings.
When Harvey departed the game, he was greeted with a heavy dose of boo’s and shouts of expletives on his way to the dugout, and all this from his home crowd.
Stephen Strasburg cruised after the 2nd inning and earned his 7th win of the season to improve to a perfect 7-0, and Stras dropped his ERA to 2.80 while picking up 10 strikeouts.
Two players off the schneid as Bryce Harper finally got a hit off of Harvey and Ben Revere collected 2 hits including a triple. Anthony Rendon went 3-4 and raised his average to .250.
A Statcast on Daniel Murphy!
#Statcast analyzes Daniel Murphy's superb hitting this season. https://t.co/OXBxcWcMRg pic.twitter.com/TwbngH7VeG
— #Statcast (@statcast) May 20, 2016