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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Matt Harvey studies past success and discovers arm slot issue in recent troubles | Newsday

Is this really true? Six inches higher? How does a pitching coach not notice a change like this?

“Looking at video from successful starts that I’ve had in the past, we found out that my arm slot was like six inches higher [than in previous years],’’ Harvey said Sunday. “Not this past start, but the previous ones. It kind of dated back to last year when I had some issues with my rib and I couldn’t throw from my normal arm slot because of the injury.”

“So I think I probably got into a habit similar to what I did last year, thinking I still had to throw from that angle instead of my normal arm slot,’’ Harvey said. “So we watched a lot of video and lowered the arm slot. I felt like I was throwing side-armed, but we went back and watched the video and it was exactly the same as it was in ’13.’’

In 2013, Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and struck out 191 in 178 1⁄3 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 08:33 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mets need Matt Harvey to get his act together now more than ever - NY Daily News

One amusing moment during the Mets game was Mike Trout AB against Milone. Trout had a bad swing on a Milone pitch and Keith Hernandez (I think) made a comment about not needing to throw 95 to be effective. I turned to my wife and said, “Trout’s going to take him deep now.” Five seconds later, boom!

After the game, Terry Collins said the Mets are probably going to push Zack Wheeler back a day from his scheduled Wednesday start to give him an extra day’s rest and they might do it with Jacob deGrom, who developed a blister on his right ring finger in his last start. That means Milone, who only threw 43 pitches in Sunday’s embarrassing 12-5 loss, would come back and start on Wednesday.

“Have we pushed him too hard? I don’t think that,” Collins said of Wheeler, who missed the last two seasons rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. “We were kind of anticipating there might be a time, been so long since he pitched, he might be a little fatigued. ... He said to Dan (Warthen, the pitching coach) I could use an extra day and that made sense.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

‘Embarrassed’ Matt Harvey Begs Mets For Forgiveness

Because you can never get enough Matt Harvey.  And because he almost did everything right (well, except for that part about not ruling out filing for a grievance).  And because I look forward to his apologists explaining to us why he never should have apologized for having a migraine or playing golf or whatever. 

Captain Supporter Posted: May 09, 2017 at 04:08 PM | 129 comment(s)
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What Matt Harvey was doing the night before his suspension | Page Six

If this is the truth, maybe Harvey should just accept his suspension.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 38 comment(s)
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Internal frustration with Matt Harvey lingers after Mets personnel made welfare check Saturday, sources say | Newsday

“Something had to happen,” another teammate said. “There had to be a sense of accountability.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2017 at 08:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Monday, May 08, 2017


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Mets suspend Matt Harvey three days without pay for violating team rules

Matt Harvey has been suspended for three days without pay for violating club rules, Sandy Alderson announced Sunday. Though Alderson wouldn’t say what the starting pitcher was disciplined for, team sources said the suspension stems from a compilation of issues dating back to last year. The suspension is not related to the sex toy spotted in Kevin Plawecki’s locker on Friday night, a source said.

Mets owner Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon were spotted on the field having a heated conversation before Saturday’s game, according to an industry source. The two were believed to be discussing decisions related to the matter.

Starting in Harvey’s place is 29-year-old lefty journeyman Adam Wilk, who has 26.1 innings of Major League experience. Noah Syndergaard was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Wilk on the 40-man roster.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 23 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Matt Harvey feels better on the mound | MLB.com

I haven’t watched this start yet but it doesn’t sound promising.

The issue, Harvey said, is not stuff, but location—as soon as he fixes that, he implied, he’ll be back to his old self. But fixing it won’t be easy. As Collins noted, there is not much precedent to determine when Harvey might fully recover from the thoracic surgery he underwent last July—or, truth be told, if he ever will.

“Not a lot of guys really have ever come back to be 100 percent again,” Collins said. “When you’ve lost feeling in your fingers, you’ve got to regain the release point, the feel of the seams, and I don’t think there’s any given studies that have said, ‘hey, it’s going to happen in six months or eight months.’”

For now, Harvey will continue to work on his craft in bullpen sessions. Following his previous start, he and pitching coach Dan Warthen pored over video, diagnosing a pitcher who “was fighting myself so badly with all sorts of different things.” Harvey concluded that he “was all out of whack” with his mechanics, which he says he corrected during Tuesday’s start.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:37 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Friday, April 07, 2017

Klapisch: Is this the return of the Dark Knight?

Except for two fastballs to Matt Kemp, Harvey looked great yesterday. If he can carry forward this to future starts, he might be the Mets 1B.

Remember, though, this is a work in progress for Harvey. There’s no guarantee he’ll become the monster who dominated the National League four years ago. But if early impressions mean anything, Harvey’s arm is healthy again and has coupled the restored health with a better, more mature understanding of how to get through an opposing lineup a second and third time.

Instead of trying to channel Noah Syndergaard, Harvey instead owned the strike zone, throwing first-pitch strikes to the first 11 batters he faced. “The biggest thing for me … was really trying to pound the (strike) zone and go as deep as I can into the game,” he said.  “I was able to locate the fastball away and was able to throw some good sliders and change-ups when I needed to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2017 at 02:58 PM | 5 comment(s)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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