Scuffling Matt Harvey defiant over spot in Mets rotation

Dean Simpson
April 24, 2018

Callaway has made the right decision in moving Harvey to the bullpen. A starting pitcher's job is to put the team in a position to win the baseball game. At a time when the Mets are attempting to decipher who belongs and who doesn't in their rotation, their erstwhile ace is giving them little reason to recommend him. He has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last three games. In his last three starts, deGrom is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, five walks and 23 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work.

Matt Harvey has had a bad and injury-filled couple of years.

Both teams have gotten off to better than expected starts this season. As mentioned earlier, this has continued into the 2018 season and now Harvey has been moved to the bullpen.

Ricco said the Mets didn't discuss the prospect of a minor league demotion with Harvey, a smart call. The move wasn't entirely out of the blue, as Callaway said his spot would be reassessed after he allowed six runs in six innings in a loss to the Braves on Saturday. A stint in the bullpen could be good for Harvey in that it can help him get his stuff back so he has a chance to regain his 2013 All-Star form for the Mets.

"I think he made that pretty clear yesterday that he wants to be a starter", Callaway said Saturday. His ERA is up to 6.00 and he has given up at least four earned runs and at least one home run in three straight starts.

"If Vargas were still going to be on the DL, Matt would definitely start", Callaway said.

"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.

However, whether it was because he was stinging from a poor performance or because he simply hates the idea, Harvey seemed to reject the possibility out of hand, saying, "I'm a starting pitcher". 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. Even if he can not return to the level he was at in 2013, him proving himself in the bullpen, working his way back into a starting role, and producing quality outings will give the Mets a huge boost to their pitching staff. He missed all of 2014 after Tommy John surgery but returned strong in 2015 in helping the Mets reach the World Series.

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