Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals provided the Orioles a reason to be cautiously optimistic. The reason, it was the second consecutive Matt Harvey start of 6 innings pitched. Add to that the fact that Harvey didn’t allow a run in those starts and it is easy to see why the optimism needle is moving, ever so slightly.
Harvey limited the Nationals on Saturday to 1 hit, a Trea Turner double in the 4th inning, over those 6.0 innings pitched. He also retired the both the 10 batters before that double and the 8 batters after it. Harvey finished with a line of 6.0 IP, 1 H, 4K and the win.
Over the past two starts Harvey has pitched 12.0 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6; he was the winning pitcher in both starts.