New coaching staff
The Mets brought in two of the best minds in all of baseball when it comes to pitching after last season concluded. One, Mickey Callaway, is now manager. While he won’t be as hands on with just the pitchers, his knowledge and experience will surely be invaluable and will impact their performance. Callaway knows pitching and him, along with pitching coach, Dave Eiland, will try to squeeze every ounce of talent from this staff. Harvey should be given the opportunity to work with both of them as they attempt to resurrect his career.
Harvey has lost his velocity, unfortunately, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming back anytime soon. He’s going to have to reshape not only his approach but his mentality on the mound. If he can
Contract year motivation
I’ve never bought into the theory that a player gets lazy after signing a big deal, but I do buy into the theory that a player puts more pressure on himself when a new deal is on the horizon. For Harvey, 2018 was suppose to be his final year to complete a big resume in order to sign a huge contract in the offseason. Instead, he’ll be looking to salvage whatever he can off of a career that has just fallen apart in a couple of seasons.
Money is usually a very powerful motivator to not only try anything to get the job done, but also to focus more, and work harder than ever in order to elevate your game.
I really think Harvey could be an effective 3rd or 4th starter next season. This is his last chance, and I believe he’ll take full advantage of it. I don’t want to be dramatic, but I’d even go as far as to say we may be talking about the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year. Maybe in 2018 the Dark Knight will finally rise again.