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24 April 2018, 03:59 | Nina Perez
Ozzie Albies and the Braves dominated the Mets
John Ricco, the Mets' assistant general manager, and Callaway made sure to emphasize that this move was more about getting Harvey on track than converting him to a full-time reliever.
Left-hander Jason Vargas will reportedly take Harvey's spot in the rotation. He was named the starter by manager Bruce Bochy and became the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2004 to start the All-Star Game in their home ballpark.
"He'll go back to attacking, he'll focus on winning each pitch, winning each at-bat and winning each inning", Eiland said. But the bullpen gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Jeurys Familia could not save a 3-2 lead in the ninth.
After a promising 2015 season, Harvey was less than stellar to follow it up in 2016 with the Mets. His underlying numbers are perfectly respectable, though; he has a 3.61 xFIP, striking out a mediocre 18.1 percent of batters but walking just 4.3 percent. There's no energy there.
However, the struggles continued right into the 2017 season as Harvey was largely inconsistent throughout a majority of the year. The only question now that remains is for how long will Harvey be a bullpen arm?
The victory moved the Braves (11-7) to within two games of the Mets (13-5), who had been 6-0 on the road, for first place in the National League East. He hoped his final three innings would buy him one more start. "Right now, that's go to the bullpen and work on some things, get things back to where I need to be". Will that earn him another chance? Per Anthony DiComo, The Mets allowed Matt Harvey to state his case, but in the end, there was no changing their minds.
"My performance hasn't been there, and I just have to do whatever I have to do to get back into the starting rotation", Harvey told reporters Saturday. Even if he can not return to the level he was at in 2013, him proving himself in the bullpen, working his way back into a starting role, and producing quality outings will give the Mets a huge boost to their pitching staff.
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