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Matt Harvey: A New York Sized Letdown

Will Logerfo, Co-Editor

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Matt Harvey has been in the news heavily the past few days, and not for the reasons we (Mets fans) hoped for. He did not throw the Met’s second no-hitter this past weekend, he did not strike out twenty-one batters for the first time in history, either. Instead, he stayed home. Instead, he stayed out. Instead, he sat in his Manhattan apartment without pay for three days.

Harvey did not show up to work on Saturday, citing a migraine as the reason. He failed to communicate his “illness” with the team in the proper way, so on Sunday when he arrived at the ballpark expecting to pitch, he was promptly sent home for violating team rules. There are conflicting reports about how exactly this entire occurrence went down, the Mets have their version which fits what they are trying to accomplish, and Harvey and his camp have their story which doesn’t paint the “star” pitcher in such a negative light. It is rumored that he was seen out in Manhattan on Saturday morning until as late (early?) as 4 A.M. Definitely, not a good look but something that likely happens more often than we suspect.

The problem with Harvey is that, right now, at this current moment, he is not a good pitcher. In fact, I don’t think it would be unfair to say that he is a bad pitcher. His ERA is 5.14, which is even worse than it was last year, a year in which he pitched with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He missed a good chunk of last season and was supposed to bounce back this year, probably a bit of an optimistic view, but that was the plan at least. He doesn’t even look like a number 5 starter as we speak, and because of the Mets injury woes, he is the team’s number 2.

Since Harvey entered the majors in 2012, it was understood that he was a socialite. He was often seen going to Knicks and Rangers games, sitting courtside with his model dates. And, at the time, we had no problem with it. He was the Dark Knight, he ruled Gotham. The major difference between then and now, however, is that then he was an AWESOME pitcher, a bona fide stud. He was the next coming, the savior the Mets needed that would usher them into a period of winning (which is currently going on, sorta). He was supposed to be the guy. He was the guy. Even after Tommy John Surgery that caused him to miss 2014, he bounced back strong in 2015 (albeit with some innings drama) and helped lead them Mets to the World Series. He was not able to win Game 5 of the World Series that year, a pivotal game that he pitched phenomenally in, but everything was on the up and up for Harvey.

Now, we are here. He is no longer “the guy.” He is just “a guy,” but he does not view himself as that, and that is where the issues have come and will continue to come. He lives the lifestyle of an Ace, a superstar, but he is not that. He is a back end of the rotation starter, who should act as one. If he cannot back up his off the field actions on the field, he should stop them now. He has let down his teammates, his fans, his coaches, and baseball. It is time that Harvey realize that he is no longer the Dark Knight of Gotham, but instead a measly 5th starter trying to make it in the bigs. He is, as Frank “the tank” Fleming has so eloquently put, Harvey Two-Face Dent, and it is time that he realizes it, for his own sake and for the Met’s sake.

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