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Mets' Matt Harvey Not Guaranteed Another Start, Says Mickey Callaway

Mets' Matt Harvey Not Guaranteed Another Start, Says Mickey Callawayā€¯

The Braves lead the National League with 104 runs scored and are four games over.500 for the first time since April 2015.

A starter his whole career, the 29-year-old Harvey lost his spot after repeated problems on the mound.

"I think he can help us", Callaway said to reporters. In previous years, Harvey was able to urge his heater up too 97 miles per hour and was able to use that as his out pitch.

"I want to make it clear: This is less about making Matt a reliever and more about getting him back to being a productive starter", assistant general manager John Ricco said. With Jason Vargas returning to the rotation, the Mets had to move somebody out, and Harvey and his 6.00 ERA are the choice. The day on which he used to toe the rubber was known as a Harvey Day to Mets fans, but this may now be the end of days for the one-time ace.

Those numbers also continue a long-term negative trend: Since the start of the 2016 season, Harvey has a 5.80 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 206 1/3 innings, or the equivalent of one full season. A right shoulder injury cost him more than two months last season.

Newcomb made his major league debut against the Mets in June and will be facing them for the fourth time after going 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA versus NY in 2017. Given contract guidelines, mainly because he's got more than five decades at the major leagues, Harvey would have needed to approve a demotion, anyway. Jeurys Familia entered the game and gave up the tying run, the Mets would lose the game and the series in 12 innings by a final of 7-2.

Harvey acknowledged that he can help the team from the bullpen but isn't happy with the news. "But my performance hasn't been there and I have to do whatever I have to do to get back into the starting rotation and right now that's go to the bullpen and work on some things. figure it out".

However, maybe Harvey moving to the bullpen is a blessing in disguise for the former MLB All-Star. His 6.00 ERA was by far the highest in the rotation. Just like Severino did with the Yankees, he needs to make his contributions felt in the bullpen by producing quality innings and proving that he can get batters out without giving up runs.



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