Mets Captain David Wright said Matt Harvey should've made himself available to the media after his rough start on Tuesday night.
After the game, Harvey left without speaking to the media and sent word through the team's PR department that he wouldn't be available.
"Obviously, Harvey is going through a rough stretch, I think we've all been there," Wright said, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post. "With that being said, I think the consensus is we should all be accountable for what we do on the baseball field."
"All of us like coming in here and talking when we have good games and a few of us, myself included, enjoy coming in here and talking when we don't play well," Wright continued. "Accountability is big and I think [Harvey] just had a bit of a lapse in judgement."
Wright added that the last thing Harvey should want is to be known as a player who isn't accountable, and added that he and Harvey communicate well.
"We have a very good line of communication," Wright said. "I think sometimes it's time to give somebody a little bit of space before you start talking about these things. He wants more than anything to get this straightened out and figured out."
Harvey, who will make his next start as scheduled, has a 6.08 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings (10 starts) this season.
"He's a big part of this rotation and everybody on the team knows he's good, it's a rough stretch, pitchers go through it, you hate to see a guy go through it," Jacob deGrom said on ESPN today. "As a teammate, as a friend, we're all in there rooting for him, and I think he'll get things back on track. And we're all pulling for him."
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1:15 pm: I think this is one of those situations where both sides are right. David is right, in that -- ideally, yes -- Harvey should have 'faced the music.' However, from what I can gather, Harvey was a bit of an emotional mess after Tuesday's start.
It sounds to me like he was angry at himself, embarrassed and feeling isolated and 100 percent to blame for the loss and his struggles this season and, to make it worse, he had no answers. There was literally no question he expected to be asked that would have resulted in him saying something other than, 'I don't know.' And, because of how he was feeling, I don't think he trusted himself to handle the situation professionally and effectively after the game, especially since he still feels burned by how he was treated toward the end of spring training. In that case, I believe he was right to say nothing and go home.
Plus, as Michael Salfino said to me yesterday, Harvey was going to be portrayed poorly no matter what he did. If he said he was terrible, they'd paint him as having no confidence, and that would be the story. If he said he's fine, they'd paint him as arrogant or ignorant. If he said he's not feeling well, they'd paint him as making excuses. And, if he said he's shaken, he'd get painted as soft.
In the end, this is a young man at a crossroads in his career. This is different than just a random bad outing. It's bigger than that, at least I think -- based on his actions -- he believes it is. And so, despite Wright making sense and stating what should be the overarching rule for most starts, I think Harvey is also right considering where we are in his story.