Saying he's "never been around a collection of talent" like the pitching talent the Mets have, new pitching coach Dave Eiland was specifically asked on Wednesday about Matt Harvey, who he said got in some bad habits mechanically last season.
"Well, mechanically, I'll be honest with you," Eiland said. "It looks to me like he got in some bad habits, simply because he had some injuries. And he was probably doing something -- it looks to me like he was doing something with his lower half, to help his upper half -- which is his arm. So he got in some bad habits. He's aware of it. We've talked about it. We've looked at film."
The 28-year-old Harvey had a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP with just 67 strikeouts in 97.2 innings last season as he returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery. He also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2.
"Matt was here early, so we were able to get some sides in," Eiland said. "And he's gotten back on track a little bit."
"To get him back to the level of 2013? Certainly, that's our goal. ... He's healthy, he's done his work this winter, he's in good shape -- physically and mentally."
Eiland also discussed the Mets' new closer-by-committee philosophy, noting that Jeurys Familia will probably get a majority of the save chances, but with a qualifier:
"If we need to use him to get the last out of the seventh and pitch the eighth to get us to the ninth, that's what we'll do."
"The guys in that bullpen don't care what inning they pitch in," Eiland explained. "That being said, that bullpen will work itself out. It will shake itself out. There will be somebody that gets the majority of the saves. ... If you save a certain pitcher to pitch the ninth inning, and you don't win the seventh and the eighth, the ninth inning is not gonna matter."
Eiland also noted that he had his eye on the Mets' pitching coach job as soon as he saw it was open, and that new manager Mickey Callaway coming aboard sealed the deal of him wanting to join the Mets.
The 51-year-old Eiland, who was the Royals' pitching coach from 2011-2017, worked in the same capacity for the Yankees from 2008-2010.
Watch Eiland's full press conference below...