Matt Harvey is currently going through a rough patch in his first season back from Tommy John elbow surgery, allowing a career-high seven runs Wednesday against the Giants and a total of 20 runs in 25 innings during his last four starts.
Harvey was fantastic right out of the gates this season, tossing six shutout innings in his return from surgery on April 9 and going 5-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his first eight starts. He’s gone 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA since, including giving up eight homers in four outings.
However, after Wednesday’s loss Harvey told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that there’s nothing wrong with him physically:
This is Major League Baseball. You can’t hit your spots, you can’t mix things in well, you’re not going to do your job very well. I just have to be better. There’s no excuses to be made. My job is to go out and put up zeroes. I’m not doing that very well. Right now I’m just not executing anything. … Physically my arm feels great. My body feels fine. It’s just a matter of executing my pitches.
Even with the poor stretch Harvey’s overall numbers include an 82/14 K/BB ratio in 80 innings, which is every bit as good as his pre-surgery numbers, but he’s served up 12 homers in 12 starts after allowing a total of 12 homers in 36 pre-surgery starts.
The Mets moved to a six-man rotation this week after Dillon Gee’s return from the disabled list, but they are apparently bailing on it before even getting through the first turn.
According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Mets manager Terry Collins said after last night’s loss to the Diamondbacks that the team will likely move back to a standard five-man rotation in the near future.
“I’m just tired of answering the questions, so we may go back to being traditional,” Collins said.
Questions from whom?
“Everybody,” he continued. “My wife. I’m tired of her wanting to know who’s pitching.”
Collins was trying to be funny there, but Diamond writes that the pitchers involved didn’t feel comfortable with the change in their routines and were worried that it would impact their performance. In fact, none of them publicly supported the idea.
Of course, part of the motivation behind the six-man rotation was to help limit the workloads of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. Assuming they are going back to a standard five-man, they’ll have to get creative to give them some rest, especially with another young arm, Steven Matz, likely to be promoted to the majors soon.
As for who will get the boot from the rotation, Diamond writes that Gee is most likely to be moved to the bullpen. And that makes sense considering that he was expected to begin the year in a relief role before Zack Wheeler required season-ending Tommy John surgery. Jon Niese has been shaky recently, but he strengthened his case by allowing three runs over six innings with eight strikeouts and one walk last night against the Diamondbacks. He’s also the lone left-hander in the rotation. At least for now.
On a related note, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Mets are “really ramping up” their efforts to trade Gee and Niese.
Jon Stewart’s version of “The Daily Show” is coming to an end in a few months, but the lifelong Mets fan found time to have Matt Harvey on as a guest Thursday night … while being very, very protective of his surgically repaired elbow.
Based on that interview, I’m now hoping Stewart chooses Lucas Duda as his final guest.
Mets ace Matt Harvey had the worst start of his young major league career on Saturday against the Pirates, surrendering seven runs in four innings, and manager Terry Collins indicated a few days later that Harvey is fighting through a period of “dead arm.”
But all is well with the 26-year-old right-hander.
According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Harvey threw his normal bullpen session Tuesday without issue and will make his next scheduled start this Friday against the Marlins.
Even with the rough outing Saturday, Harvey still boasts a 2.91 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season.
Harvey missed all of 2014 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
Matt Harvey had a rough start Saturday for the first time since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery and Mets manager Terry Collins thinks the 26-year-old right-hander is “going through some of that dead arm stuff that sometimes happens.”
There are no plans to have Harvey examined further and according to Collins he’s going to start Friday with one extra day of rest, so clearly the Mets don’t view it as a significant problem.
After the poor start Harvey told reporters: “My arm feels fine, my body feels fine.”
And even with the four-inning, seven-run start included in his overall numbers this season Harvey has a 2.91 ERA and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 59 innings to rank among the NL’s best pitchers.