Harvey triumphs with lockermate Skaggs in mind – MLB.com

ANAHEIM — Even through his struggles this season, Matt Harvey always had someone he could count on to keep his mind positive. His lockermate Tyler Skaggs was his biggest cheerleader, reminding him that he was an ace with the Mets before injuries derailed his career.
So when Harvey took the
ANAHEIM — Even through his struggles this season, Matt Harvey always had someone he could count on to keep his mind positive. His lockermate Tyler Skaggs was his biggest cheerleader, reminding him that he was an ace with the Mets before injuries derailed his career.
So when Harvey took the mound on what would’ve been Skaggs’ 28th birthday on Saturday, he kept Skaggs’ memory alive and used him as inspiration in a solid outing in a 9-2 win over the Mariners at Angel Stadium. Harvey, making his first start since May 23 after missing nearly two months with an upper back strain, went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a start that would’ve excited the late Skaggs, who passed away on July 1.
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“You go out there and kind of remember something that he always said — ‘Remember you’re always the Dark Knight,’” Harvey said. “Although I’m not really throwing like the Dark Knight, like I used to, he kept telling me that. When I had some rough games and got down on myself, he was always there to pick me up. That was something I definitely took out there with me today. When I started getting in my own way, I said, ‘Remember who you are and just try to get the guy out and execute each part.’ He helped me through it.”
Harvey worked to improve his velocity while on his rehab assignment and it was slightly better against Seattle, as his fastball averaged 92.3 mph and maxed out at 93.7 mph. In his last start with the Angels, his fastball averaged 91.9 mph and topped out at 93.1 mph.
“I think it’s in there,” Harvey said. “It’s just, the first start back you’re not going to necessarily let it go as much as you want or whatnot. But I’m very optimistic that it’s in there.”

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