The New York Mets are in a difficult state right now. Not only are they receiving little/no consistent contributions from their offense, but also their pitching dominance is being called into question.
Heading into this season, many observers were so optimistic about the Mets pitching staff being able to regain its dominance that a debate was breaking out about which pitcher would be the “ace.” Would it be Noah Syndergaard, the Opening Day starter, or would it be Jacob deGrom, who pitched despite a lot of adversity last year?
The interesting part of that debate was how far Matt Harvey had seemed to fall from his dominance of a just couple of years ago. Harvey surely had to understand these sentiments as he embarked on a crucial 2017 season. However, his recent performances have raised many questions about his status and his explanations for his performance have seemed out of touch.
To state it honestly, his last two starts against the Atlanta Braves (one at home and one on the road) were really poor. What a far cry from his first start of the season on April 7 against Atlanta when he cruised to a strong outing by yielding just two runs (both solo home runs to Matt Kemp) in finishing 6 2/3 innings.