Matt Harvey Is Demoted into the Mets' Bullpen


"We haven't made that determination yet", Callaway said. A starting pitcher's job is to put the team in a position to win the baseball game.

It marks the first step toward something different, that's for sure, and kudos to the Mets for passing on Harvey's sales pitch that his final three innings in his start Thursday night - a start in which he gave up six runs in six innings - earned him another start. At a time when the Mets are attempting to decipher who belongs and who doesn't in their rotation, their erstwhile ace is giving them little reason to recommend him. NY had only six hits in the game and three of their runs came in the eighth inning when they trailed 10-1.

The Mets would move on to the World Series for the first time since 2000 and Harvey would get the start in Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals. "What we are trying to do as a team is do what's best for the team and for the players". As mentioned earlier, this has continued into the 2018 season and now Harvey has been moved to the bullpen. The division leading New York Mets play the third game of a four game set against the Atlanta Braves Saturday night. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, while also ending a streak of 12 straight starts where he had not lasted longer than five innings. Relievers make significantly fewer dollars on the open market than starters, and if Harvey can't turn his performance around he's unlikely to make even eight figures if he enters that market as a bullpen arm. Harvey surrendered four runs in five innings the following day against Washington. He makes his 12 career start against the Braves in this contest. However, Harvey's six innings pitched in his most recent start were marred by six earned runs, a season high.

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Callaway reported the conversation Saturday with Harvey was "rdquo & tough; and "perhaps not comfortable" given rsquo & the pitcher;s former stature around the team". "We're looking at does it make sense for somebody to go to Triple-A". For now, though, he'll have to prove himself as a member of the Mets' bullpen.

Now with four starts under his belt, Harvey is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and the clear weak link in the Mets rotation, which is a bit of an accomplishment considering Steven Matz is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA of his own while looking overwhelmingly mediocre at best.

He has already made one comeback, overcoming a Tommy John surgery in late 2013 with a dominant 2015 season.