Matt Harvey is on a the right path to becoming forever despised by New York Mets fans.
On Sunday November 1, 2015, Harvey ran out of the dugout and to the pitcher’s mound at Citi Field. The packed stadium was chanting his name since he made the third out in the top of the 8th inning. There was no way he was not going back out for the ninth.
During the commercial break, Harvey and manager Terry Collins were seen speaking to each other. Harvey was obviously arguing to remain in the game. Collins allowed him to do so. Everyone wanted him back out there to finish what he started.
Of course, Harvey was unable to complete the game. He gave up a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain and that followed up with an RBI double from Eric Hosmer. Collins quickly pulled Harvey after that. Ultimately, the Mets would go on to lose Game 5 and the World Series. But it seemed that Harvey was ready to grasp the ace position of the pitching staff for years to come.
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It’s amazing how much can happen in so little time. Following the 2015 season, Mets fans were excited to know that their team’s starting rotation was deemed to be one of the most dominant in the game. It was the exact recipe to get the team back to the World Series and ultimately win it. Following Harvey’s performance in the postseason, along with rookie Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, who wouldn’t be excited?
The most frustrating part of what is going wrong for the Mets now is definitely the injuries. But, I also feel equally frustrated at what is going on with Harvey. Not only is he pitching poorly but his off-the-field antics are fueling the demand to part ways with the pitcher.
The fanbase is growing impatient with Harvey. Lastly, Harvey is probably waiting out his contract so he can leave; something I believe he’s wanted to do for a some time.
All of this adds up to what I believe will make Harvey one of the most hated Mets in history. The stage is set for it:
- Rookie phenom who takes the team by storm; he was the bright spot on a bad team in 2012
- He started in the All-Star game in 2013
- His scheduled day to pitch became a holiday amongst Mets fans.
- His setback included Tommy John surgery in 2013
- He caused a stir with a proposed innings limit in 2015, denounced it, then pitched well in the postseason
- He pitched poorly to start 2016 then we found out he had a serious medical issue, got surgery, and was done for the season
- 2017 has been a train wreck, both on the field and off the field
Yep, it’s a matter of time until Harvey is a) either traded at the deadline in 2018 or b) regains his form, pitches well, then walks away to sign with the Yankees for 2019. As a Mets fan, I’m picking option B. When that day happens, Matt Harvey will become a despicable figure in the history of our franchise.
You can see it already. His velocity is up to where it was pre-2016. Once his off-field issues subside, I believe we will see the best from Harvey. There is too much for him to lose. He wants to cash out. He needs to pitch well.
So let’s get ready to put Harvey in the same conversation with Mike Hampton, Bobby Bonilla, and Mike Bordick. When we finally see the Harvey we thought we were going to see for years, he’ll be on another team.