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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zack Wheeler throwing bullpen sessions, sources say | Newsday

Zack Wheeler has been throwing bullpen sessions at the Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple sources. They have yet to set a firm schedule, but the righthander’s progress signals that a minor-league rehab assignment could be approaching.

He has thrown off the mound three times, logging just under 30 pitches in his last session on Sunday. It’s an encouraging sign for Wheeler, whose comeback from Tommy John surgery has been derailed by setbacks. He likely will need a full month-long rehab slate. If he begins soon, he could rejoin the rotation by the middle of August.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 10:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, matt harvey, mets, noah syndergaard, zach wheeler

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Posnanski: Matt Harvey’s Sacrifice Didn’t Come Without Consequences

An interesting (and quintessential Poz) take on the Matt Harvey saga and how finicky we all are, as sports fans.

We ask pro athletes to play through extreme pain and we are not especially open to their complaints. We get angry at them when they ask for more money. We get REALLY angry at them if they unionize to get a larger sum of the pie. We feel no sympathy for them whatsoever when they get so much less than they are worth on the open market. After all, Harvey is getting paid $4 million this year, and that’s a lot of money. Heck, he got $600,000-plus last year and THAT is a lot of money, too. Who among us wouldn’t want to make that kind of dough? And it doesn’t matter to us that the $20 or $30 million in value that he actually produced doesn’t just disappear. It is going to Mets’ ownership.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Washington Post: Tom Boswell: Nationals, Mets Take Far Different Approaches In Care Of Young Arms

Boz examines pitching philosophies:

The Nats put the arms of Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman, now a Tiger, ahead of short-term considerations. Those two are guaranteed to make more than $340 million in their careers. All five of the current young Mets starters combined, including Wheeler, are assured 1/30th of that. Is that exploitation? Do the Mets want to “win now” too much? Or the Nats too little?

Strasburg is 12-0, but it’ll take a few years to see how this turns out.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Matt Harvey to have season-ending surgery | MLB.com

Matt Harvey will undergo season-ending surgery to resolve his thoracic outlet syndrome, agent Scott Boras told ESPN on Friday. Neither the Mets nor Harvey have confirmed his decision, though general manager Sandy Alderson on Thursday painted it as inevitable.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Mets need their Dark Knight | SNY

Yesterday, the Mets announced that Harvey has been put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, which sources say could be thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Newsday’s David Lennon.

In surveying people the last 12 hours—be it insiders, media, fans, etc.—I see people split 50-50 on whether they think this is a legit injury or just a cover to get Harvey two weeks away from the team.

The Mets will hopefully make an official announcement today about Harvey’s status. In the meantime, people who believe it’s legit essentially say, ‘Why would they go through sending him to St. Louis to see a specialist if it’s not true;’ while people who feel it’s phony point out that the Mets never put guys on the DL at first, instead they play short, visit doctors and eventually make a move.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2016 at 03:24 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Breaking down Matt Harvey’s mechanical issues - Amazin’ Avenue

Did you say you’d like to see some Harvey gifs?

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Rieber: Mets fire even when Matt Harvey’s a dud | Newsday

“Whether it was the slider or curveball or changeup or fastball, everything was just out of whack,” Harvey said. “Catching too much of the plate.”

What can the Mets do? Not much except keep sending him out there. Keep hoping he goes from dud back to stud.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2016 at 08:41 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mets may have planted the seeds for Matt Harvey’s exit | New York Post

Back in February, at the news conference to announce Yoenis Cespedes’ re-signing, Alderson said of his starting rotation: “I think you always are making choices. Even if the payroll were to go up, we’re still going to have to make choices. It’s nice that we have some of those choices to make and we certainly want to be in a position to keep some or all of those pitchers.

“So I don’t mean to say we’re not going to keep them all. We’d love to keep them all. We just have to make sure that we’re providing for that as we go forward.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Can New York Mets’ Matt Harvey make it two good starts in a row? - Mets Blog- ESPN

I know what I’ll be watching on this rainy day.

Harvey returns to the mound Sunday as the New York Mets aim to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins. He has a tough matchup. Harvey (4-7, 5.37 ERA) opposes ace Jose Fernandez (8-2, 2.53) in the 1:10 p.m. ET finale.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This is why Mets put up with Matt Harvey | New York Post

Back to the Future!

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled | New York Post

There is no greater transgression to the press than a player leaving the clubhouse before talking to waiting reporters. As this article shows, the vilifying begins immediately.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

New York Mets weigh next step for Matt Harvey as right-hander’s struggles continue

Harvey’s performance was not pretty.

In Tuesday’s rematch, Harvey surrendered a career-high 20 total bases before departing. Of the 90 pitchers to make at least nine starts this season, he is one of four to fail to reach the seventh inning at least once. The others are Michael Pineda, Wily Peralta and Shelby Miller.

The Mets had implored Harvey to fire his fastball more forcefully on Tuesday than in previous starts. And Harvey actually had his best velocity of the season in the early innings, registering as high as 96 mph with his fastball. But he missed on changeups to Zimmerman and Rendon, when they belted consecutive solo homers in the fourth. And his velocity dipped and he had a “different” delivery, according to Collins, while allowing three runs in the fifth.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Friday, May 20, 2016


Monday, May 09, 2016

Mets edge Padres to split four-game series | MLB.com

The highlights suggest he had three pitches working.

For the first time this season, Harvey’s velocity regularly spiked up to 97 mph. So it was little surprise that the strikeouts followed. Whiffing the side in the first, Harvey struck out six of the first eight batters he faced, finishing with 10. It was his first double-digit strikeout game of the year and the 11th of his career.

Matt Harvey twirls six excellent innings against the Padres, striking out 10 batters for the first time this season

“It’s definitely a difference from my last couple starts,” Harvey said. “I felt good on the mound and executed pitches when I needed to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, May 08, 2016

New York Mets’ Matt Harvey out to rediscover 2015 form in San Diego - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Matt’s feeling good,” Terry Collins said. “There are no arm issues. There’s none of that stuff. He’s just got to make better pitches, and he knows that. You’re talking about one of the best pitchers in the game, who’s not pitching like we know he can. Sure he’s frustrated. I think that’s the easiest word to use. I don’t blame him. We’re all in the same boat.

“These guys will all tell you that they’re their own worst enemy. Their expectations of themselves are more than we can ever put on them. And when you’re as good as Matt Harvey, he expects a lot of what he does each and every night. I’m sure he’s a little frustrated.”

Collins went on to note that Harvey threw some of the biggest innings for the Mets last season.

“And I’ve told Matt: He’ll do it again,” Collins said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Matt Harvey’s biggest backer admits: ‘There’s an unknown’ | New York Post

Pointless speculation.

Scott Boras agrees with Terry Collins: Matt Harvey’s early-season struggles could have something to do with his 2015 workload.

The Dark Knight’s agent also shares the Mets manager’s public optimism that Harvey will right himself.

“When you have a genius, you don’t take him out of fifth grade and graduate him from high school,” Boras said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “You may graduate him to the seventh grade. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need time and experience to take its course.

“There’s something unknown that we’re looking at. There’s an unknown here that’s operating. We’re figuring it out as we go. I’m very confident that Matt is physically healthy and very confident that adjustments will be made.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mets’ Matt Harvey on start vs. Braves: ‘It’s still a work in progress’ - Mets Blog- ESPN

“Obviously throwing that many pitches in five innings is not ideal,” Harvey said. “My goal today was going out there and really trying to work on what we had worked on this past week. At times I was able to do that, and at times I fell out of that. I have to re-find that.

“When you get into a bad habit, it’s not going to be an immediate fix,” the 27-year-old continued. “The majority of the time out of the stretch I did feel better. Like I said, there’s still work to be done.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Matt Harvey Throws Hard Heat at the New York Press Corps

The Dark Whiner.

Case in point: Harvey’s recent health scare over a painful clot in his bladder. The subsequent media razzing riled Harvey. The New York Post went to town, with cheeky mock-ups of potential back page headlines like “Whiz Kid” and “Field of Streams.” The paper settled on “Urine Luck.” The cumulative ridicule prompted Harvey to boycott beat reporters for a few days, and touched off a renewed debate over whether Harvey is a crybaby.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Harvey had blood clot in bladder, will start Opening Day - NY Daily News

Let it flow, Matt!

After hours of speculation about his “mysterious” medical condition, Matt Harvey was cleared to pitch Opening Day after passing a “big” blood clot. The Mets ace said that the blood clot developed after a bladder infection, likely because he does not use the restroom often enough.

“I guess the main issue is I hold my urine in for too long instead of peeing regularly, so I guess I have to retrain my bladder to use the restroom a little bit more instead of holding it in,” a tired and pale Harvey said Tuesday morning. “I guess that’s what caused the bladder infection.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 10:35 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mets Matt Harvey added spin to slider in 2015 | mets.com

When data matches perception.

Harvey noted to DiComo that he wasn’t sure if it was a “a forearm-strength thing or a feel thing,” and in late July, it was reported that he’d made adjustments to the slider with pitching coach Dan Warthen. But the trend was unmistakable. Just look at what happens when you compare spin rate (in blue) to the vertical movement he gained (orange line):

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2016 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mets’ Matt Harvey has slider moving again after ‘Tommy John Hangover’ in 2015 | Newsday

“We’ve talked about that Tommy John hangover; there is something to that,” Collins said. “This guy’s stuff is a little bit better this year and it was pretty good last year. So I’m very excited to see the way Matt’s thrown.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Matt Harvey open to inking long-term extension with New York Mets

“Expectations of an extension are like dinner invitations,” Boras told ESPN.com. “They are always politely considered until you know the restaurant.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

 

 

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