Do NOT ask Matt Harvey if he considers his recent slump a “crisis point”


There are questions. There are bad questions. There are clown questions, bro. And then there are these:

If Matt Harvey considered his season at a critical juncture Tuesday he was keeping that information private.

“I’m not answering that bulls—,” Harvey growled as he cut off his postgame interview session after he was asked if he considered his recent slump a crisis point in his season.

To be fair to Harvey, we don’t know exactly how the question was phrased, and it could’ve been obnoxious or something. That caveat aside, I can’t agree that it’s b.s. to ask him if his recent slump has caused him to doubt himself or something like it. Ballplayers who go through rough patches are routinely asked about how it’s making them feel and whether they think it’s serious, a bump in the road or something in between.

Snippiness aside, Harvey pitched brilliantly last night. The more he lets his pitching do the talking the less he’ll have to answer these kinds of questions, I suppose. Be they bulls— or not.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.