By Rob Schardt
The once Dark Knight of Gotham and ace of the Mets staff has once more began to struggle. In 2013, Matt Harvey burst on to the scene, accumulated a 9-5 record, an ERA of 2.27, 178.1 innings pitched, had 191 strikeouts and started the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field. He was thought of the Batman, who would save the Mets for years to come. Now, Harvey has been through a lot, including Tommy John surgery, Thoracic Outlet surgery, surgery on his scapula and was suspended for violating team rules because he did not show up to Citi Field, as he was suspected to be out the night before partying.
Harvey’s first game of the season showed a lot of promise and got many Mets fans excited and many thought the Dark Knight was back. In the start he went 5 innings, gave up one hit and struck out 5. Mets fans were more than anxious if pitching gurus Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland could bring Harvey back to his hold form. Now over his past 3 starts, he has given up a total of 14 runs. Last night against the Braves, Harvey gave up a season high 6 runs in 6 innings and it has been hard to watch him struggle for three years now.
Following the game, Manager Mickey Callaway stated that he has yet to make a decision on when Harvey’s next start will be. When the question of Harvey moving to the bullpen came up Harvey said that he was a starting pitcher, has always been and that’s the only thing he has on his mind. Many questions are now surrounding the management of the Mets and Harvey and his mental state, but the one thing Met fans want, is the 2013 Dark Knight back.
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