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.
"The positive is that this nightmare of a seaosn is over for me," Harvey told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Harvey has had a tumultuous season as injuries plagued his performance on the field, and hindered his return off the field. After removing a rib to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, Harvey suffered a stress injury to his shoulder as a result of inactivity. He missed half the season because of it, and returning at the end of the season didn't show any promise as he had a 11.28 ERA over six starts.
It is good to see that Harvey's velocity is still there, but his command and scouts saying his pitches aren't getting the same bite they used to makes many wonder if Harvey will return to his dominant form.
"Throughout this process of coming back from thoracic outlet [surgery], it's just been curveball after curveball of different feelings, different strengths," Harvey said. "It was something that I tried to push through some uncomfortable pain, some weakness, and I think I just kind of put myself in a hole throughout the process."
Now, Harvey will focus on improving this offseason in hopes that he can rediscover the pitcher he once was before the injuries. Manager Terry Collins is confident he will show the league up next season.
"It's going to be there," Collins said. "The paybacks next year are going to be fun for him."
In 92 2/3 innings this season, Harvey is 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, and 67 strikeouts.