Matt Harvey believes he has corrected a flaw that should improve his pitching technique. It paid some dividends in his last start, a no-decision against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, and the Mets righthander will be mindful of it Tuesday night when he faces the Padres at Citi Field.
“Looking at video from successful starts that I’ve had in the past, we found out that my arm slot was like six inches higher [than in previous years],’’ Harvey said Sunday. “Not this past start, but the previous ones. It kind of dated back to last year when I had some issues with my rib and I couldn’t throw from my normal arm slot because of the injury.”
Harvey was referring to his surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
“So I think I probably got into a habit similar to what I did last year, thinking I still had to throw from that angle instead of my normal arm slot,’’ Harvey said. “So we watched a lot of video and lowered the arm slot. I felt like I was throwing side-armed, but we went back and watched the video and it was exactly the same as it was in ’13.’’
In 2013, Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and struck out 191 in 178 1⁄3 innings.
Troubles with Robles
Reliever Hansel Robles is 4-1, but that certainly is deceiving. In his last three appearances, he has allowed 12 earned runs and 10 hits, including four home runs, in 2 2⁄3 innings.
Mets manager Terry Collins had no excuses for Robles. “It comes down to making pitches, locating your fastball,’’ he said.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a three-run homer off Robles on Sunday, but Collins was more annoyed about an earlier walk to Luis Valbuena. “It was a two-out walk that started it,’’ Collins said. “You can’t walk guys. You look at [Robles’] numbers. Lefthanders are hitting [.095] against him and he walks a lefty.’’
No way, Jose
Collins would not let Jose Reyes talk him into playing with a rib cage injury. “I said you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on here,’’ Collins said he told Reyes. “Every time we play somebody that’s got a tweak, we end up losing them for three weeks.’’ Reyes is expected back Tuesday.
Thor unsure of time frame
Noah Syndergaard, who is on the disabled list with a partially torn lat muscle, does not know when he will return to the mound. “It’s just a very specific injury,” the righthander was quoted by the Daily News during a Gotham Magazine appearance in Brooklyn. “So there’s really no timetable. I’m actually very pleased with how quickly it’s recovering. It kind of [stinks] that I’m injured right now, but there are a lot of other things that I can focus on in terms of training, so when it is time to come back, I’ll be better than ever.” Syndergaard (1-2, 3.29 ERA) last pitched April 30.