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Callaway talks fixing Harvey 00:01:14
Mickey Callaway discusses his plans for helping Matt Harvey return to the dominant pitcher he was before a rough 2017 campaign.

To be successful again, Matt Harvey must shed his past, move on from the Dark Knight persona, and adjust to being the best pitcher he's currently capable of being, Mets manager Mickey Callaway told SNY during an interview Monday night on Mets Hot Stove.

"I think that's the key, to make sure you're not trying to get him back to anything," Callaway explained. "You want to get the most potential out of who he is today."

"Some guys never throw with the same velocity," Callaway said about players aging and returning from major surgery. "We don't need the Dark Knight, we need Matt Harvey to be Matt Harvey on a daily basis and be comfortable with who he is."

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Callaway talks fixing Harvey 00:01:14
Mickey Callaway discusses his plans for helping Matt Harvey return to the dominant pitcher he was before a rough 2017 campaign.

Interested teams have contacted the Mets to see if they're open to trading Matt Harvey before the start of next season, sources recently told SNY contributor Andy Martino.

However, according to Martino, the Mets are more inclined to keep Harvey, who will enter next year a full season removed from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Also, Martino adds, "They point to a late-season uptick in velocity as another reason for hopefulness," and, "believe he will be especially motivated to work hard to prepare for his last season under team control."

According to Pace University Law School's projections for SNY, Harvey should expect to earn a $5.8 million salary in 2018, after which he will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.

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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

Orlando, Fla. - Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to report to these GM meetings Monday morning. Here, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams and see if he can lay groundwork for trades. However, Mets people know they will have to get creative in order to pull off an impact deal. because the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy...

The Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder or strict first baseman, and possibly a back-end starting pitcher. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the type of high-end trading chips Alderson had a few years ago (and even then he tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told they are highly reluctant to move most of them...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz
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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Mets opened at 20-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Mets' odds were the eighth-best in the majors. The seven teams above them -- the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), Nationals (7-1), Yankees (8-1), Red Sox (10-1), and Cubs (10-1) -- all made the playoffs this past season.

Meanwhile, the Mets finished with a record of 70-92...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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 New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)

In an article for the Daily News, columnist John Harper makes projections on where the top free agents will sign and how much they will be paid.

"The Mets do figure to be plenty active in this free-agent market, with holes to fill and more than $60 million in expiring contracts coming off last season's payroll," Harper notes. However, he continues, "indications are they won't be in on the big-ticket items," such as JD Martinez, Wade Davis and other elite free agents.

Instead, Harper projects that the Mets end up signing outfielder Jay Bruce, infielder Eduardo Nunez and relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It seems long ago when throngs of Mets fans descended upon Citi Field for "Harvey Day." After two seasons of poor performance, the Dark Knight has been a shadow of himself.

From 2012 through '15, during a span interrupted by Tommy John surgery, Harvey never had an ERA of more than 2.73. Then, in 2016, Harvey battled through 17 starts before being shut down with thoracic outlet syndrome. His ERA rose to 4.86 and his WHIP rose to 1.468.

With the injury seemingly behind him, Harvey hoped for a rebound year in 2017. Through his first four starts, Harvey looked like the Harvey of old. He sported a 2.84 ERA, and each start he made was a quality start...

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The Mets are more than capable of contending again in 2018, their new manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Monday at Citi Field.

In 2015 and 2016, Terry Collins and the Mets won 177 games and made the postseason each year, including a trip to the World Series. However, due in large part to rampant injuries, they lost 90 games in 2017, finished in fourth place and fired their manager.

"In our situation, short-term, pitching is everything," Sandy Alderson declared Monday, reiterating a theme he has put forth the last few seasons.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The plan for Mets RHP Matt Harvey this offseason will include "a substantial throwing program," Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, told Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

"The idea is to have a lot of reps to get his fastball command back and get his release point down," Boras explained.

Harvey had a tumultuous 2017 season as injuries plagued his performance. After surgery last season to remove a rib in order to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, Harvey suffered a stress injury to his shoulder this season and missed several months. After returning, he had a 11.28 ERA in six starts...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (69-91) play the second game of their final series of the season as they face the Phillies (65-95) on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

 

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Collins, Harvey on loss 00:06:24
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey both break down Harvey's start as Collins sees some improvement while Harvey's happy to finish the season.

After dropping his seventh game of the season, Mets starter RHP Matt Harvey is just happy his "nightmare" season is over. 

Harvey left the game in the fourth inning after allowing four earned runs on seven hits. With this being his last start of the season, he achieved a feat no Met would like on their resumé. Harvey's 6.70 ERA is the highest in franchise history for pitchers making at least 15 starts in a season. 

However, the Dark Knight found one positive from Friday's outing...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/29 00:02:42
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Matt Harvey had another rough outing, as he surrendered four earned runs and seven hits in just four innings of work. He likely will finish the 2017 campaign with a 6.70 ERA. Harvey balked in a run in the bottom of the 3rd when he completely lost grip of the ball and allowed J.P. Williams to score.

2) The Mets let up two home runs in the sixth inning alone -- Jorge Alfaro and Cesar Hernandez went yard -- and they also allowed a bomb from Maikel Franco in the 2nd inning.

3) Jose Reyes and Dominic Smith drove in the lone runs for the Mets, homering in the first and fifth innings respectively.

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The Mets (69-90) open their final series of the season as they face the Phillies (64-95) on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting for the Mets?

RHP Matt Harvey (6.60 ERA/6.33 FIP, 1.66 WHIP), who allowed three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out two in 4.0 innings this past Saturday against the Nationals.

Harvey has allowed three or more runs in five of six starts since returning from the DL on Sept. 2.

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets are expected to explore a multi-year extension with RHP Jacob deGrom this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The 29-year-old deGrom is under team control through the 2020 season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The point of a multi-year deal with deGrom would be to buy out some of his arbitration years while getting him to agree to a deal that extends in to his free agent years. 

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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey will be tendered a contract after the season, Jon Heyman of FanRag sports reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Harvey is eligible for salary arbitration this offseason for a final time, and is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season. He will likely earn close to $6 million next year if offered arbitration.

"At this moment, I favor the idea of him being back," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about Harvey last Friday.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterOn July 26, 2012 in Arizona, Matt Harvey made his presence felt, striking out 11 Diamondbacks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and walking three in his Mets debut.

Harvey, who many scouts projected to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, took it up a notch after arriving from Triple-A Buffalo, featuring wipeout sliders that reached the low-90s, fastballs that sat between 95 and 97 MPH and at times ticked higher, a plus changeup, and a plus curve. 

With the Mets In the midst of their fourth-straight losing season, Harvey was not only a legitimate ace, but the first real glimmer of hope for the team as Sandy Alderson's rebuild took shape...

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter, and SiriusXM's Rob Brender hash out what a contract extension should look like for Jacob deGrom, what former Mets player they hope wins a World Series, give an emotional pep talk to Matt Harvey, and remind themselves that Nori Aoki is on the Mets...

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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Harvey reflects on 2017 season 00:02:18
After pitching four innings on Saturday, Matt Harvey reflects on his 2017 season as a whole and what it's done to his confidence.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey showed signs of progress despite allowing three runs in the first bullpen appearance of his career on Saturday. 

With Noah Syndergaard throwing just one inning, Harvey came out after him in their "shared" start. Harvey let up two homers in his four-inning outing, yet he did like what he felt on the mound. 

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |: Mets fans are frustrated that the Dark Knight has not risen yet, and Matt Harvey is clearly frustrated with himself as well. There may not be many positives to say about Harvey when he's on the mound, but the open way he addresses the media after the game has been a positive.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard needed five pitches to complete his lone inning of work in his first Major League appearance since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30. The right-hander retired Trea Turner on a flyout and allowed a single to Jayson Werth before inducing an inning-ending double play from Daniel Murphy.

2) Jacob Rhame allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Daniel Murphy in the 10th inning, his ninth home run and 35th RBI in 37 career games against the Mets since joining the Nationals after the 2015 season.

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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey will likely be back with the team next season, GM Sandy Alderson reiterated on Friday.

"At this moment, I favor the idea of him being back," Alderson said.

Alderson added that Harvey is making progress despite the lack of results.

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Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field, and will pitch one inning, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Alderson added that Syndergaard will be limited to one inning even if he doesn't throw a lot of pitches, with Matt Harvey replacing him in the second inning.

"This rehab process is both physical and mental," Alderson said. "Based on Noah's feedback, he feels good physically. We just want to get him back on a mound, if for only a moment ... so he's back out there, re-familiarized with the circumstances."

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(AP)

Jacob deGrom's start on Friday will be pushed to Sunday after he dealt with nausea/an upset stomach on Wednesday, the Mets said Thursday.

DeGrom was treated at the ballpark in Miami on Wednesday before returning to New York with the team.

Robert Gsellman wil start in deGrom's place on Friday, with Matt Harvey pitching on Saturday.

Mets SS Amed Rosario was briefly hospitalized earlier this week due to a stomach issue that he said was due to an undercooked meal.

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GEICO SportsNite: Harvey 00:03:54
The Baseball Night in New York guys break down Matt Harvey's continuing struggles and whether the Mets can expect anything from him in 2018.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey was dejected after giving up seven runs in four-plus innings during Monday's 13-1 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from a scapula injury.

"Everybody's watching. I don't really know what there is to say except for there is nothing to say," Harvey said. "It's terrible. It's not fun. There's really nothing to say. There's no reason for questions. There's no answers. There really isn't."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/18 00:02:57
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 13-1 loss to the Marlins.

Matt Harvey allowed seven runs for the second time this month as the Mets were blown out by the Miami Marlins 13-1 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score


Harvey (5-6) allowed seven runs, 12 hits and two walks in four-plus innings, as he continued to struggle since returning from the disabled list earlier in September.

In four starts this month, Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA, as he has not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his four appearances. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the third inning that gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead and surrendered a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Miami a 5-1 lead.

Harvey left after surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth, but relievers Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles couldn't stop the bleeding, as they combined to allow five runs and five hits in 2/3 of an inning.

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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Matt Harvey is expected to make three more starts this season, the first of which is scheduled for tonight against the Marlins in Miami.

Harvey had been 4-3 with a 5.28 ERA before missing two and a half months with a stress injury in his pitching shoulder, which was the result off offseason surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

In his three starts since returning from injury, he has a 12.19 ERA. 

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after his last start. "It's extremely frustrating. ... That's really all you can say about tonight."

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The Mets (65-84) finish up their nine-game road trip with a series against the Miami Marlins (69-80) on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY at Marlins Park.

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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will tender a contract this winter to Matt Harvey, who is eligible for arbitration a final time before becoming a free agent after next season.

"No way," a team official told Newsday's Marc Carig, when asked if Harvey could be non-tendered.

Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday to the Cubs, after which he appeared distraught and bewildered by his performance.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

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JRSportBrief: Harvey's future 00:01:28
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR questions Matt Harvey's future with the Mets and Major League Baseball.

Mets starter Matt Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday.

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after the game. "It's extremely frustrating. It's hard going out there and not doing what I can to help this team win. All in all, it's just extremely frustrating. That's really all you can say about tonight."

Harvey, who threw 86 pitches and allowed seven hits and four walks, had surrendered just two runs heading into the fourth inning, after which Hansel Robles gave up three inherited runs to score.

"It's been very hard, a very tough year, a very tough two years," Harvey added. "There's a lot of work going in that's not paying off, and it's becoming very frustrating for me."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/13 00:04:15
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 17-5 loss to the Cubs.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.

2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/13 00:04:15
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 17-5 loss to the Cubs.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.

2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.

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Nimmo, Collins and Harvey on win 00:06:08
Brandon Nimmo and Terry Collins discuss Nimmo's big day at the plate and Matt Harvey talks about feeling healthier after the Mets' win.

In his second start since returning from a right scapula injury, Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed just two runs and five hits in five innings against the Reds to earn his first victory since May 28 in Thursday's 7-2 win.

Harvey labored the first two innings, throwing 41 pitches and allowing a pair of runs, but then limited the Reds to just one hit the rest of the game. 

"For me, it's definitely a step in the right direction," Harvey said after the game. "Getting through that fifth inning was a sigh of relief. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm getting there. I know it's going to take time. It's been a rough two years. I wasn't expecting to go out there in my last start or even this one feeling totally confident, but overall, this was much better than I've experienced the last two years."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Brandon Nimmo recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in three runs. He also doubled, walked and scored three times.

2) Jose Reyes gave New York the lead with a two-run run single in the fourth. Juan Lagares and Nimmo went back-to-back in the fifth while Dominic Smith added an RBI single. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run taken away on an umpire review but finished with a double and a single, his third straight multi-hit effort.

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 (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
(Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

It's hard to imagine Matt Harvey's season going any worse. After posting a 4.86 ERA in just 17 starts in 2016, he has followed it with a 5.97 ERA in 2017, capped off by the worst start of his career last weekend in Houston. He lasted just two innings and allowed eight hits, seven runs, threw two wild pitches, and hit a batter. Mercifully, the Mets scrapped an ill-conceived plan to have him start on short rest, but at this point, it just feels like delaying the inevitable. Are we seeing the end of Matt Harvey?

Not many pitchers have returned to form after being treated for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, though few had his stature prior to it. Chris Carpenter, Cy Young winner with the 2005 Cardinals, was one of them, and it ended his career. That said, Carpenter was 37 years old and TOS was one of a half dozen significant arm injuries that studded his career. Josh Beckett also underwent the same rib-removal version of the procedure as Harvey (again, several years older), though notably he pitched one last exceptionally good season upon returning from it. Former Met Chris Young has also seen success upon return, though he is now beginning to show his age.

It's next to impossible to find good comparison cases for Harvey. Unlike Tommy John surgery, only a handful of major leaguers have undergone treatment for TOS. And what makes comparison even harder is the fact that they tend to have them at a much more advanced age...

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Citi Pre Game: Harvey struggles 00:03:21
Steve Gelbs reports from Minute Maid Park on Matt Harvey's struggles on the mound in his return from the disabled list.

Matt Harvey's previously-scheduled start on Wednesday has been bumped back to Thursday when the Mets host the Reds at CitiField, Mets manager Terry Collins said after Tuesday's game.

The Mets have not yet announced who will pitch on Thursday night when the Mets play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Phillies. 

Collins cited weather as the reason for pushing Harvey's start to Thursday, as rain is in the forecast. Earlier in the day on Tuesday the team defended the initial plan to send Harvey to the mound after three days of rest.

Collins cited weather as the reason for pushing him back, as rain is in the forecast. Earlier in the day on Tuesday the team defended the initial plan to send Harvey to the mound after three days of rest.

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New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is beginning to live up to the coaching staff's challenge after winning back-to-back starts for the first time.

After pitching 8 1/3 shutout innings last Wednesday against the Reds, Montero continued where he left off in Monday's 11-7 win over the Phillies, only allowing one run through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

"When I came in I was little bit off, but I tried to bounce back," Montero said, according to the Associated Press, after giving up four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. "I fell behind the (count) against the batters and that's where I started to give up the walks."

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Collins, Harvey on game 1 loss 00:04:42
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's first start in four months and what mechanical improvements he needs to make on the mound.

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Things you should know about today's game...

1) Matt Harvey allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second in his first start since June 14 and the shortest of his career. The right-hander surrendered eight hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk but hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches in two innings. Harvey needed 37 pitches to get out of the opening frame when five of the first six Astros reached safely.

2) Wilmer Flores' 18th home run was a grand slam as the Mets cut an eight-run deficit to 10-7 in the seventh. Dominic Smith hit a two-run homer while Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo homer and an RBI single. Amed Rosario and Smith had two hits apiece for New York.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Mets starter RHP Matt Harvey was hit hard in his first start since coming off the DL. 

Harvey struggled with command, and it showed early has he hit leadoff batter George Springer. After an Alex Bregman single in the next at-bat, Harvey let up his first run as Jose Altuve singled home Springer. 

Marwin Gonzalez would then double to right field to score Bregman and Altuve to move the score to 3-0. Cameron Maybin should finish a four-run first inning for Harvey with a single to score Gonzalez in the next at-bat. 

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Mar 10, 2017; Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey will return from the disabled list to start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros in Houston, the team recently announced.

In his last rehab start with Double-A Binghamton, Harvey hit only 93 mph with his fastball. However, he told reporters Wednesday that he isn't concerned -- his only focus is on getting outs.

"I think everybody is so worried about velocity, but's about getting hitters out. That is the biggest thing," he explained. "I feel like I have been around long enough and injured long enough to realize velocity isn't everything and getting people out and staying healthy is the most important thing."

Harvey, who hasn't pitched in the majors since June 14, will be allowed to throw roughly 80 pitches Saturday, according to manager Terry Collins.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Mets plan to use Friday's off-day in Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to multiple reports.

"Pretty much everyone I talked to was like, 'Yeah, I want to do something,'" Mets LHP Jerry Blevins said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "We've got a good group of guys here that want to help out some fellow Americans in need."

The Mets and Astros will play a doublehader Saturday in Houston and their regularly scheduled game on Sunday in the first games the Astros will play in Houston since the hurricane.

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding in and around Houston, resulted in highway closures, and caused 17 deaths, was expected to force the series from Houston to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, where the Astros shifted their current series against the Rangers to.

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New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Mets (58-75) play the first game of a doubleheader against the Houston Astros (80-53) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday at 2:10 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Matt Harvey (5.25 ERA/6.17 FIP, 1.45 WHIP), who is making his first start with the Mets since June 14. Harvey has spent time on the DL nursing a shoulder injury. 

Harvey made four rehab starts -- two with Low-A Gulf Coast and two with Double-A Binghamton. In a total 11 2/3 innings, he allowed eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits while striking out eight and walking three. His longest outing was his latest start which went 4 2/3 innings. 

 

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Feb. 21, 2017: Matt Harvey gets set to throw a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: Matt Harvey gets set to throw a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

To say each one of Matt Harvey's remaining starts will be huge for him -- as well as Sandy Alderson -- would be an understatement. Regardless, I firmly believe Harvey will be in the starting rotation next season. I also expect he'll do everything in his power this winter and next spring to make 32 dominant starts next summer in advance of becoming a free agent for the first time in his career.

Of course, Harvey's name will come up in trade rumors during the next eight months. However, I see no way he's non-tendered or moved to a new team because there's nothing he can do this September to significantly increase his value.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said he was pleased to hear RHP Matt Harvey made positive strides in his pitching delivery during his rehab from a scapula injury.

"When he threw in Double-A last time, the reports weren't all that glowing," Warthen said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. "But [minor league pitching coordinator] Glenn Abbott was raving about this last one. Matt's delivery was the same every pitch, and everything was coming out cleanly."

Harvey, who is tentatively scheduled to return from the disabled list on Friday against the Houston Astros, has been out since mid-June with a stress injury to his right scapula.

"He was throwing good first innings with velocity and everything working," Warthen said of Harvey, who was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts in the majors before going on the DL.

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Crowded Mets disabled list 00:00:36
Taylor Rooks looks at the players currently on the Mets' disabled list, including the latest injury Yoenis Cespedes.

Noah Syndergaard threw live batting on Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Syndergaard is expected to throw batting practice again on Wednesday.

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Jun 14, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets starter RHP Matt Harvey allowed three earned runs on five hits four in four and 2/3 innings for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday in his lastest rehab start.

Harvey, who threw 72 pitches, walked one, struck out two, and hit a batter. 

Harvey last threw for Binghamton on Monday and he allowed two runs on four hits -- one of them a home run -- while striking out three and walking one in three innings. 

The 28-year-old has been on the DL since June 15 with a stress injury in his right scapula. 

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Harvey makes third rehab start 00:00:19
Matt Harvey makes his first start with the Mets AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as he attempts to rejoin the Mets.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey's next rehab start, which was supposed to be for High-A St. Lucie on Saturday, will instead be with Binghamton on Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather in Florida.

The Mets are projecting an early-September return for Harvey, manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that the team wants him to throw 80-to-85 pitches during his next rehab start.

Harvey (scapula) allowed two runs on four hits in three innings for Double-A Binghamton on Monday in his third rehab start.

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Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins said LHP Steven Matz may be skipped in the rotation after his winless stretch reached nine games in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

Matz allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 3 1/3 innings, giving up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez in a 40-pitch first inning and surrendering four straight hits to begin the fourth inning.

The 26-year-old Matz hasn't won a game since June 28. Over his last eight starts, he is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA, having allowed 38 runs (37 earned) and 57 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"We've been trying different stuff and it's not really translating to the mound," Matz said. "I've never gone through a stretch like this before in my career. It is tough, but I never want to say that I'm lost. ... I want to think I'm just one step away from where I need to be and things will just click.''

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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