By Ed Coleman
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It had not been a great week thus far for the Mets.
On Monday, the Braves came to Port St. Lucie with their new star-studded outfield of the Upton brothers (B.J. and Justin) and Jason Heyward that contrasted sharply with the current no-name Mets outfield.
Then on Wednesday, the Venezuelan national team knocked the ball all over Tradition Field to the tune of 20 hits in a 14-10 win that wasn’t that close.
But on Thursday, Matt Harvey stepped to the mound to restore some sanity to the proceedings, giving a glimpse of just what might be in store for Mets fans this season and in the seasons that lie ahead.
Harvey was so-so his previous time out — 49 pitches over 2 2/3 innings with command struggles. He looked at some film of the outing, made some corrections, and the results were outstanding — one less pitch (48) that carried him through 4 1/3 innings this time, 35 strikes, no hits, no walks and five strikeouts.