Matt Harvey bat flipped after a sacrifice bunt in Game 1 of the NLCS (like a boss)
The Mets sent Flushing's Dark Knight, Matt Harvey, out to the hill at Citi Field to start Game 1 of the NLCS against Jon Lester and the Cubs, and Harvey did ... not ... disappoint. He struck out nine Cubbies over 7 2/3 innings while surrendering two runs on just four hits.
He got it done with his arm. He got it done with his glove. He got it done with his back?
Oh, and he got it done at the plate, too.
Harvey had cruised through seven frames when his spot in the order came up after Juan Lagares hit a leadoff single to left field. Manager Terry Collins wanted Harvey back out there for the top of the eighth, so he asked his pitcher to lay down a sacrifice bunt -- and lay down a sacrifice bunt he did.
What do you do when you get that big bunt down to help manufacture an insurance run, capping off your stellar night? You bat flip, of course:
It wasn't as epic as Joey Bats' now-famous flip, but Harvey's toss had just enough swag to embody a start in which he seemed to do every little thing right. Lagares went on to steal third and later scored on a Curtis Granderson fly ball as the Mets won, 4-2.
Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard will pitch head-to-head in Game 2 on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET, with first pitch scheduled for 8:07 on TBS.