Scuffling Matt Harvey defiant over spot in Mets rotation

Adjust Comment Print

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey has been moved to the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway announced on Saturday.

Indeed, the pitcher whom SNY's Andy Martino on Friday referred to as "a divisive figure among teammates" with "few allies left in the Mets' organization or fan base", did throw a season-high six innings and season-best 96 pitches on Thursday.

He has allowed four runs or more in each of the last three starts and has a 6.00 ERA, 1.429 WHIP and an 0-2 record in four appearances.

Considering Harvey has never been afraid to speak his mind, there was no reason to expect much different after the recent demotion.

Hopefully, Harvey gets a sense of motivation through his skipper's decision.

Air India flight passengers injured after turbulance, window panel damaged
A few oxygen masks also dropped from the overhead panel during this period. Two other passengers also suffered injuries on the flight.

Harvey could treat low-leverage outings as full-speed bullpen sessions in which he and the Mets' catchers and coaches can develop a better game plan. "So I'm a starting pitcher". In previous years, Harvey was able to urge his heater up too 97 miles per hour and was able to use that as his out pitch.

Kurt Suzuki had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer off Harvey in the first inning.

"Right now, helping the team, the best thing I can do is go to the bullpen and get myself ready. and get back to where I can best help this team as a starter", he said. To date, deGrom is 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 17 walks and 74 strikeouts over 70 innings of work. "We think at this time, given what we've seen from Matt and the state of the starting rotation, this is a move that the time is right to make". He has a 5.80 ERA (4.90 FIP) over that span, with well off-peak peripherals (7.0 K/9, 3.3 BB/9), while allowing almost 11 hits per nine innings. "You can't take three innings to find yourself". But fast forward to 2017, Severino became the ace of the Yankee rotation after an impressive Spring Training and still holds that spot a year later.

BC-BBN-Mets-Harvey Decision, 551Callaway, Mets consider options with struggling Matt HarveyAP Photo GAJB101, GAJB109Eds: With AP Photos. That led to Harvey stating that "I'm a starting pitcher". Ricco wondered whether Harvey's massive decline could be "a mental thing, a confidence thing", and spoke of a team-wide hope that the right-hander could "get that confidence back and really let it go, and get back to being a guy who can dominate the way he has shown in the past". For now, though, he'll have to prove himself as a member of the Mets' bullpen.

Comments