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Matt Harvey dumbfounded over month-long collapse following solid start to season

Matt Harvey conducted an act of verbal self-flagellation following his latest horrific outing Wednesday in the Baltimore Orioles’ 14-1 blowout loss to the New York Mets.

As has been the case over the past month following a respectable start to a season in which it seemed he was poised for a potential career resurrection, Harvey was lit up in his start Wednesday against his former team, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in three innings before an early exit.

Harvey clearly is left dumbfounded by his collapse of late and frustrated over how things have gone off the rails, as his postgame remarks suggested.

“It’s been a couple years now of being really horse[expletive],” Harvey said, per The Baltimore Sun. “It’s frustrating, the amount of work that I’m putting in between starts. Especially with the start tonight, I felt good, I had good stuff. Like I said, I missed spots.

“Those are the frustrating ones where you feel good and you feel like — I was throwing 95, 96 mph and got hit around. Those are the tough ones, the ones that I’ve been out of mechanics, there’s a reason for that and I guess an excuse for not pitching well. But for tonight, it was, I felt good. I just missed spots in situations where I can’t, and I did. It cost us the game.”

Harvey made an emotional start at Citi Field on May 12 with a 3.60 ERA and looking like a pitcher whose career was perhaps getting back on track. Unfortunately, Harvey was rocked that day, allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Since then, things have continued to take a turn for the worse.

The pitcher once known as the “The Dark Knight” has looked lost once again amid a disastrous downward spiral. In his past six starts, Harvey has allowed 31 earned runs over 19 2/3 innings and failed to make it through the fifth inning in any of those games.

The slide has left Harvey with a 7.41 ERA, which is the worst in MLB among pitchers with at least 10 starts.

Despite the attempt to explain what possibly went wrong with his mechanics and articulate his frustration over Wednesday’s start during his postgame comments, Harvey perhaps put it best with one simple comment.

“Unfortunately, I pitched like [expletive],” Harvey said.