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."
The next day, Terry Collins told reporters he respects Harvey's passion...
"It signals that he is a human being," Collins explained. "That's exactly what you want a player to do, stand up and be accountable. He didn't make excuses. I admire that."
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen is equally encouraged by Harvey's comments.
"I like it," Warthen said this past weekend, according to Newsday. "I want him to push himself to be better, work harder, think harder, his concentration, his focus."
Harvey, 28, will be eligible for arbitration a final time this winter before becoming a free agent after next season. Despite speculation that he could be non-tendered this fall, a team official recently told Newsday's Marc Carig that Harvey will be back with the Mets next season.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Harvey has been, well, not good. It's not that he's been bad, because his stuff is actually passable, but he has yet to adjust his approach to match what is coming out of his hand. For instance, when he sets up his pitches properly, he gets swings and misses with low-90s fastballs. However, when he doesn't gameplan the at-bat in the right way, guys are sitting dead red and crushing him for home runs.
In 16 starts this season, Harvey has allowed 17 bombs, including 10 against left-handed batters.
It doesn't help that -- again because he isn't maximizing his 'waste pitches' -- that he is throwing way, way too many pitches every inning, exhausting himself and creating stressful innings and early exits.
Harvey has pitched five innings or less four times this season. Entering 2017, he had pitched less than five innings a total of four times during his entire career. In other words, in just three months this season he has matched his career total for early exits.
The fact is, his arm angle and follow-through look perfect. His mechanics are spot-on. His velocity and sharpness is slowly coming back. The tools are there, he just hasn't been healthy for a long enough stretch to continue building and capitalize on the positive moments. Understandably, he is mostly focused on the negatives.