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Saturday, August 29, 2015

mlb.com: Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Former Major League pitcher Zach Day, who works at TrackMan, a pitch-tracking system employed by both the Mets and Statcast™, noted that spin rate correlates quite closely with swing-and-miss rate. That, in turn, is an excellent indicator of success—one way to quantify what pitchers refer to as “stuff,” or as Day puts it, “your life on your fastball.” So it is worth noting that as Harvey’s velocity and spin rate have fallen, particularly in comparison to the game’s other elite starters, his strikeouts have fallen in kind—from 8.81 before the All-Star break to 6.75 after it.

“I think I got tired a little bit earlier than I kind of expected,” Harvey added. “I think going down the stretch, going into September and hopefully October, this little rest will mean a lot.”

But Harvey has still been consistently successful since mid-June, lending credence to pitching coach Dan Warthen’s contention that it’s not all weariness; the right-hander’s much-publicized change in approach is also playing a role. Following an Aug. 11 win over the Rockies, Harvey noted that he has been trying to pitch to contact more, at least until he reaches two strikes on a batter. Warthen has encouraged Harvey to conserve energy by operating around 90 percent until he needs a boost, meaning the pitcher’s dips in velocity and spin rate are not entirely physical—they’re strategic, as well.

bobm Posted: August 29, 2015 at 02:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, statcast

Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Degrees: The hard truth about RBIs - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Passan makes a case against the importance of the RBI in the MVP discussion. He also writes about a few other things.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mike trout, mvp, notes, rbi, sabermetrics

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Matt Harvey takes ‘big step forward’ for New York Mets - Mets Blog - ESPN

Harvey made some mechanical adjustments, pitched on normal rest, and found his slider.

Manager Terry Collins suggested that pitching on standard rest probably helped Harvey, too. Harvey has groused about working on extra rest. The Mets have ditched a six-man rotation. They don’t plan to reintroduce even spot starts over the next few weeks.

Asked about the key to Harvey’s improved showing, Collins said: “I’m sure he’ll tell you, ‘a five-man rotation.’ I think that had something to do with it. The regular routine probably helped him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, July 06, 2015

Collins says Mets pitchers ‘need to get over’ frustration with 6-man rotation | FOX Sports

Of course, by September they may already be out of the race.

“I guess the best way to say it is, ‘Matt, we’ll go back to a five-man, but I hope you enjoy watching the rest of the season sitting on the bench in September when we need you.’ We’ve got to make the adjustment, and Matt knows that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2015 at 07:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, July 05, 2015

From a Front Row Seat, Scott Boras Notes Matt Harvey’s Struggles

Matt Harvey, though the eyes of his agent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Dealing Matt Harvey is somehow nearing the sky-high hype | New York Post

And he adjusted to a night in which he didn’t have his best fastball. He recorded just three strikeouts, his lowest total for the season, and he threw his slider more frequently than usual. As per Brooks Baseball, he threw 18 sliders out of his 93 pitches, a 19.4 percent rate. In his first four starts, he threw just 7.7 percent sliders, according to Fangraphs.

“You’re not always going to have your best stuff,” Harvey said. “Tonight, fortunately enough, we got it done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2015 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, April 27, 2015

Source: Matt Harvey to get at least 30 starts but no more than 32 - Newsday

One good way to limit Harvey’s innings is to not pitch him when he’s ill or when he has ankle issues.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Matt Harvey Delivers in Home Debut, but Mets’ Victory Is Painful - NYTimes.com

A lot of stuff happened in yesterday’s Mets game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: david wright, matt harvey, mets

Newsday: The Matt Harvey ticket effect for second Mets home game?

Apparenty, the Wilpons don’t want to be late on the next round of bank payments.

“Secondary considerations” was how Mets GM Sandy Alderson last month characterized the team’s decision to have Matt Harvey start the third game of this season at Washington, and subsequently, the second home game at Citi Field, instead of Opening Day at either stadium.

Well, that second home game was Tuesday night. And Harvey didn’t disappoint, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings while striking out eight.

Did the much discussed and speculated reasoning—selling more tickets for the second game when a home-opening sellout already was expected—pan out?

The Mets drew 39,849 fans on Tuesday night for a 6-5 win against the Phillies. That 9.3 percent drop from Game 1 to Game 2 is much less compared with recent years.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, matt harvey, mets, tickets

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mets fans set to flock to see Matt Harvey’s return to Citi - NY Daily News

The Harvey Effect has definitely impacted the Citi Field ticket sales, as the attendance for Tuesday’s game is expected to be near 40,000. Monday’s home opener was the second largest crowd at Citi Field (43,947) behind the 2013 All-Star Game. Once fans figured out how the rotation would unfold on the team’s 10-game homestand, tickets for Harvey’s starts have spiked. The attendance for his scheduled Sunday start is expected to be near 40,000 as well.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The meaning of Matt Harvey’s excellent debut

In case that one doesn’t do it for you, you might prefer the third-inning at-bat, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 97. Or you could skip ahead to the sixth, where Harvey whiffed Harper with a high fastball at 96. Between Strasburg and Harper, the Nationals have two young stars who’ve generated near-unparalleled hype. Thursday, Harvey out-played them both. It was a rather emphatic way for the phenom to kick off what promises to be an electric campaign.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 02:12 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: batman, dark knight, matt harvey, mets

Thursday, April 09, 2015

No joke: Matt Harvey has ‘Dark Knight’ carved into his bat

Harvey was anointed as “The Dark Knight” by Sports Illustrated during his breakout 2013 season. It stuck, and apparently Harvey likes it enough to put on his bat.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:53 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: batman, dark knight, matt harvey, mets

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Matt Harvey is back for the Mets ... And better than before | NJ.com

Better.

According to the Mets’ internal numbers, the spin rate on those two pitches was higher this spring than it was in 2013 - and more consistently so too. Spin rate measures the revolutions a baseball makes on its way to the plate. The higher the spin rate for breaking balls, the harder they are to differentiate from a fastball and to make solid contact with.

“Everything is better,” Warthen said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, March 23, 2015

Are the Mets Big Enough for Matt Harvey?—NYMag

Here’s a NY Magazine feature about Matt Harvey.

Sandy Alderson is more clinical. “When someone transcends the sport and becomes a brand in and of himself, he needs to keep in mind what the foundation of that celebrity is,” the general manager says. “It’s not a fashion line. He’s a baseball player. But I think he’s smart enough to know that.Matt likes to talk. I don’t mean that in a negative way. He likes to talk things through and take time to absorb what he hears and consider advice. We are not interested in changing his personality or his basic qualities. Because he’s viewed in a positive way.” Alderson says he told a group of season-ticket holders that it was “a possibility” that Harvey might be benched for the first week of the season and that Harvey wasn’t blindsided. “I talked to him in the off-season about what I thought the overall plan would be,” Alderson says. “He was totally onboard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matt Harvey excels in third spring start - Newsday

Some good news for Mets fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2015 at 09:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Harvey-Fernandez could be historic rivalry in the making | New York Post

So, Fernandez’s timetable is 13-14 months.

Fernandez was due to throw 24 hours later. But only 30 pitches (no breaking stuff) from a bullpen mound. His surgery was May 16. Marlins general manager Dan Jennings mentioned he has never seen anyone in his 28 years in pro ball attack rehab like Fernandez has, and the blueprint has Fernandez back in the majors sometime from mid-June to mid-July.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets, tommy john

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