May Still Be Hope Yet For Matt Harvey
After a disaster of a first start of Spring Training for Matt Harvey, he rebounded in a big way. It wasn’t just the results, it was how he pitched.
Brandon Hyde said Matt Harvey hit 96 mph on the gun today. "I thought he pitched great," Hyde said. #Orioles
— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) March 15, 2021
Through 4.0 innings, he allowed two earned on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. While not dominating, it was a clear positive step for Harvey.
That’s what Harvey has been making all offseason after not pitching a full season in the majors since 2018, the year the Mets designated him for assignment. It’s been a hard and difficult road since that season.
One thing Harvey did was go to the Baseball Performance Center this offseason. There, he worked to not only regain velocity but more importantly spin.
First time getting @MattHarvey33 off the mound after 3 days of heavy spin work. Main focus was to get that carry FB back from 13-15 (18V). From 18-20 his FB carry was only 12V at the same velo. Getting the carry back was the main focus to bring back that electric FB. Today: 18V? pic.twitter.com/LsTXrEDYDq
— Baseball Performance Center (@The_BPCsj) February 10, 2021
Seemingly, against all odds, it seemed to work, and as a result, Harvey landed a minor league deal with the Orioles. If for no other reason, that seemed a good fit as that is a rebuilding team who can give him a chance.
That’s all we should want for Harvey – a chance. Sooner or later, you just pray it’s going to click again. Maybe, this start was the beginning of that happening. If so, good for him.
Harvey gave his career to help the Mets try to win a World Series. Hopefully, there is a second act in the works.
And who knows, with the Mets potentially needing bullpen help, there could be a second one in Flushing. Maybe, this time he comes in for the ninth and seals the deal for the Mets third World Series title.
We can dream, can’t we?