With Mets Opening Day less than a month away, it’s time for Rising Apple’s season preview. Our staff will be weighing in on one topic each day as we tick off the final days to April 3.
Head here to read Part 1: Which Mets pitcher will will earn the fifth starter slot?
Head here to read Part 2: Which player is most likely to surprise?
Head here to read Part 3: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?
Head here to read Part 4: What can we expect from David Wright this season?
Head here to read Part 5: Who will be the Mets’ kryptonite this season?
JT. Teran, Editor
Matt Harvey will be the player that disappoints us the most this season. It’s a real shame because the Dark Knight’s career back in 2015 was looking to be back on track, but after coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome, and the lack of velocity he’s still experiencing because of it, it’s really not that much of a stretch to think he will need more time to fully get back to his dominating ways.
His fastball is by far one of the most concerning parts of Mets Spring Training. While his outing on Monday against the Tigers was a positive step forward, Harvey needs to show that he can consistently get people without needing to throw 97 or 98mph again. Until he does that, I think he’ll keep getting hit hard in the regular season.
Much like my hope that Travis d’Arnaud won’t be injured again this year, I’m really hoping I’m wrong about Harvey, and hope that he can finally be back to his dominating ways, but until it happens, I have to be realistic. The old Dark Knight may never come back.