However, as Harvey makes his return from Tommy John surgery in 2015, the slider has been his least-used pitch through three starts. He has thrown it just 4.3 percent of the time, as he is relying more on his curveball and changeup as secondary offerings.
Sliders are known to put the most torque on a pitcher's elbow, per NJ.com. However, coach Dan Warthen said before Harvey made his third start Sunday against the Marlins that there is no hesitation by Harvey to throw the pitch coming off major elbow surgery.
"No. His curveball has been great, changeup's been great, fastball has been outstanding. It's just not taking place," Warthen said. "We haven't thrown it a whole bunch so it's not exactly where you want it to be yet, but it's still a very useable pitch."
"It was a battle," Harvey said. "I think I kind of ran out of gas."
Harvey did not walk a batter in the game and has walked just one batter in 18 innings this season.
Harvey has been ill of late but said he doesn't want to miss a start.
"I can't swallow anything. Just felt weak, rundown," he said.
Harvey's won all three of his starts in 2015.
Harvey will look to stay perfect Saturday in New York against the Yankees.
Harvey was a bit erratic in his start, allowing a home run to Chase Utley in the first inning, but recording five strikeouts in the first two. Harvey then allowed a run in both the third and fourth innings before settling down and finishing off his start.
Harvey now boasts a 2.25 ERA and will look for his third consecutive win of the year Monday
Coming into Tuesday, Harvey has faced the Phillies five times and has never allowed more than two runs in a start while never pitching fewer than six innings.
As it has been well documented, Harvey is in his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery late in the 2013 season. The Mets don't have a concrete number of innings yet for Harvey, but Collins has mentioned 190 innings as a potential goal for the right-hander in 2015.
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