02 Jun MLB Player Profile: Matt Harvey
By: Shane Thompson
What’s the Future for Matt Harvey?
He was one of the most prized prospects when he made his debut for the New York Mets in 2012. Harvey was electric, featuring a combination of an upper 90’s fastball, a wipe out slider and a change up that made some of the best hitters look back at the mound with the “what the heck was that?” kind of reaction when he struck them out.
Once the 2013 season started, he was already being named as an elite number one starter and the numbers backed it up. As the end of the year was approaching, he felt extreme discomfort, was scratched from his scheduled start and was placed on the DL. After undergoing an MRI, it was determined that Harvey had suffered a torn UCL which required Tommy John. The surgery is very common these days and the pitcher is usually forced to miss anywhere 12-18 months. More often than not, a pitcher comes back from this injury stronger than ever. Harvey proved that in 2015 and helped the Mets reach the World Series. Since the end of that World Series, the strikeouts per nine have gone down compared to his previous seasons, while the walks and ERA have gone up.
Yes, he’s still young at only 28 years of age. As a Mets fan or even the general baseball fan, you hope he can turn this around and be dominant once again. The question isn’t necessarily if he will turn it around, but rather when he will. He hasn’t only had trouble on the field but has had issues off the field as well.
Harvey is in a contract year which could be his best friend or in this situation his worst enemy. Could a change of scenery benefit him? Will he get big time money if he doesn’t sort out his issues? Tweet us @RealSportsCrew and let us know your thoughts.