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Expectations climbing for ace Harvey

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No matter what happens on the field these days, it seems as if Matt Harvey cannot be beaten.

Harvey was upset about the way he pitched in his last outing, a 7-4 Mets loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. But he nonetheless took a no-decision after Rick Ankiel tied the game late with an RBI triple.

That allowed Harvey to maintain his perfect 5-0 record, with five no-decisions in 10 starts. He is one of five undefeated pitchers in baseball with at least five wins.

"The days that he has his good stuff, it's going to be easy," manager Terry Collins said. "The other times, he's going to still keep you in the game and give you a chance to win."

Harvey has done it in different ways, most recently relying more heavily on his off-speed pitches than he did earlier in the season. He has even done it with the bat, coming up with a game-winning RBI last weekend in Chicago.

The Mets are no longer surprised by anything their new ace does.

"The expectations for us are high because of what he is able to do and the attitude he has," catcher John Buck said. "No matter how he pitches, he comes away thinking there's something he's learned that he can use to make himself better."
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