“Mediocre is not okay for me; it’s never been okay and never will be.”
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey was the New York Mets first round pick in the 2010 Amateur Draft. In his first full Major League season, 2013, Matt Harvey was selected to the National League All-Star team. Harvey missed all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. Harvey bounced back in 2015; he won the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award, and finished the regular season with a 13-8 record and a 2.71 Earned Run Average. His career record in the Major Leagues is 25-18 with a most impressive 2.53 ERA.
Matt Harvey has a great arm and is a great competitor. He also has charisma. When he pitches for the Mets at Citi Field it is known as a “Harvey Day”. If Matt Harvey stays healthy, there’s no telling how good a pitcher he can become. Let’s go back to Game 5 of the World Series. Matt Harvey was superb; having thrown 8 shutout innings. Harvey talked his manager Terry Collins, out of taking Matt out of the game. After things unraveled in the 9th, and Kansas City came back to tie the game, and win it in extra innings; Terry Collins openly second guessed himself for listening to Matt Harvey. I have no problem with Matt Harvey trying to get Terry Collins to change his mind, after all, Harvey is a fierce competitor who wanted to finish the game. I also have no problem with Terry Collins relenting. Harvey had “breezed” through the 7th and 8th innings. I think the mistake by Collins is when he did not lift Matt Harvey after Harvey walked the lead off man in the 9th. The last thing Harvey wanted to do was to issue a lead off walk. Tt was time for a pitching change. The 2015 season ended in disappointment for Matt Harvey and the Mets; however, it was a great year for Matt Harvey and the Mets. And yes, Matt may have exceed his innings limit, but he wants the ball, and as we found out in the World Series it is difficult to take it out of his hand.