Nationals 7, Mets 4: Slide Deepens for Mets’ Matt Harvey as Nationals Hammer Him Again

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The Mets’ Matt Harvey after a two-run homer by his former teammate Daniel Murphy. Harvey’s E.R.A. swelled to 6.08.

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WASHINGTON — The superhero lurking in Matt Harvey must recognize his dire predicament. It is Batman, after all, who would find himself trapped in an impossible riddle, wrapped in the clutches of doom, sharks everywhere, with no hope of escape — only to fight back, every time, and survive.

Yet Harvey’s story seems stuck on repeat: same bat time, same bat channel, same bad ending. Hitters are punishing his pitches, and Harvey, the Mets’ opening day starter, is now statistically among the worst pitchers in the game.

The Washington Nationals flattened Harvey for the second start in a row on Tuesday in a 7-4 victory at Nationals Park. Harvey allowed five runs in five innings, capped by Daniel Murphy’s long two-run homer. Harvey generated only four swinging strikes, allowed three home runs and refused to speak with reporters after the game.

“He’s frustrated,” catcher Kevin Plawecki said. “Anybody would be….

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