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Monday, March 27, 2017

Matt Harvey hits 97 in best start of spring | MLB.com

Mid 90s plus he’s an ace. Low 90s he’s a backend guy.

“Today, he amped it up a little bit,” Collins said. “And I’m sure when we get to Citi Field and he gets out there for the first time, he’ll amp it up that day, also.”
It wasn’t just velocity that boosted Harvey in his best start of the spring. There was also a high-80s slider that Harvey routinely buried low-and-away to right-handed hitters, plus a command of all pitches that Harvey lacked for much of the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Imagining the New Matt Harvey | FanGraphs Baseball

Eno Harris does not paint an optimistic view for Harvey if his old velocity doesn’t come back.

Could he throw his secondary pitches a lot more this year and pitch backwards? Perhaps, though Tim Lincecum once admitted that that sort of thing wasn’t working for him once he lost his fastball velocity. The secondary pitches all rely on the fastball in some form or another.

We have done some research on what makes a changeup good — velocity differential and horizontal and vertical movement defined off the fastball. Harvey’s changeup last year rated 131st based on those metrics, and below average. He started using it less as the year went on. His slider had below-average drop, and though it was hard, the most important thing for whiffs on the slider is drop. The curve had good velocity (last year) but four inches less drop than average, and drop is also important for the curve.

It looks like the fastball was the key for Harvey, and it won’t be the same this year. Without a dominant secondary pitch that can take its place as the foundation, he’ll need to find more command than he’s shown in the past. Harvey will have to learn how to pitch at 92. It just doesn’t look like it will be easy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 08:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Matt Harvey learning to deal with drop in velocity

Following each of his first two Grapefruit League starts, Matt Harvey spoke about the unknowns of returning from surgery to remove a rib, and specifically the process to build his fastball back up to its usual velocity.

On Wednesday, after he allowed four runs—two earned—in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins, Harvey acknowledged for the first time what might happen if his fastball velocity does not return.

“You can’t look past it,” Harvey said. “It’s going to be there or it’s not, and I have to go out and pitch. I think after today, I feel really confident going into my next outing and moving forward.

“Obviously I’m not looking to throw 100 mph again, or 97 even. My job is to get people out, no matter what I’m throwing.”

Over/Under on Harvey’s season: 162 IP, 100 ERA+. Also, who has a better year: Gsellman or Harvey?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Monday, March 06, 2017

Harvey Shows Both Sides Of The Dark Knight In Spring Debut

The TV gun had him sitting at 92-93, not mid-90s.

After beginning the affair with a pair of timely strikeouts, the 27-year-old right-hander completed the eventual 1-2-3 inning by getting veteran catcher Yadier Molina to ground out to third base. With his velocity sitting in the mid-90s, as expected, Harvey seemed to have no restrictions upon taking the mound for manager Terry Collins – outside of a pitch-count that is.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:58 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Mets’ Matt Harvey excited to get back on the mound for first time since July 4 | Newsday

Two years ago, almost to the day, Matt Harvey pitched the most anticipated Grapefruit League game in Mets history.

And Sunday against the Cardinals, he’ll pitch another one.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2017 at 09:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scott Boras confident in Matt Harvey’s return | mets.com

Scott Boras has positive things to say about one of his clients.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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