Matt Harvey struck out six and limited the Cardinals to two runs on six hits and a walk in the Mets 3-2 win Monday.
The Mets young righthander has struck out 24 batters in 18 1/3 innings this spring, but he's learning to balance that with his desire to pitch over 200 innings this season.
"Obviously a strikeout is good here and there," Harvey said, "but I am starting to learn a groundball is just as good. Going deep into the game is on my mind. If I got seven or eight inning with three strikeouts, that's seven or eight innings. If the strikeouts come, they come."
Harvey was more pleased with the fact he went 5 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the spring and that his curveball has been working.
"I was really happy with my curveball," Harvey said. "Unfortunately I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I'm healthy and feeling good. The biggest thing from last year was not having my curveball. I threw a lot of good ones 0-0 and was able to throw it in the dirt when I needed to. That's a big pitch for me."

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