The Downfall of Matt Harvey: Can Harvey Rebound after Move?

Arnold Nichols
April 24, 2018

Syndergaard is 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in four career games against the Braves, but pitched six scoreless innings in a no-decision at NY last April. His future is still in his own hands and it's up to him if he will soon land back in the New York Mets starting rotation.

A starter his whole career, the 29-year-old Harvey lost his spot after repeated problems on the mound.

Callaway, as seen above, thinks Harvey can help the Mets out of the bullpen due to his strike-throwing ability. "Right now, that's go to the bullpen and work on some things, get things back to where I need to be".


If he succeeds as a reliever, Harvey probably will get his second chance at his preferred position, given the low odds that the rest of the starting rotation - with Jason Vargas set to come off the disabled list next week and replace Harvey - will stay healthy. At the time, Harvey was a little less than three years removed from Tommy John surgery. He also acknowledged that while he believes Harvey can help the Mets coming out of the bullpen, it's also likely that he'll be a starter again some time this season. The day on which he used to toe the rubber was known as a Harvey Day to Mets fans, but this may now be the end of days for the one-time ace. He's allowed 26 hits, 14 runs, and four home runs during that time. A right shoulder injury cost him more than two months last season. 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". On the heels of back-to-back losses, the Mets chose Harvey. In fact, he recognizes why the Mets have made this decision. But the bullpen gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Jeurys Familia could not save a 3-2 lead in the ninth. An All-Star in 2013, he missed half of the 2016 season for surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome.

Harvey lobbied to remain in the rotation after the last of his three innings were scoreless.

Harvey has made four starts for the Mets this season, but has been awful overall. What we do know is that he's been more of a liability than an asset for a while now. The rest of September continued to be mired with inconsistency and Harvey finished the season 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA.

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