By Will Button
Matt Harvey: Redemption
Dating back to the Game 5 world series start where he pitched nearly perfect thru 8 and fought to stay in the 9th to complete his game and give his team another chance at another game but gave up a couple hits and you know the rest but it ended up with another team walking off our field as world champions. That game still fuels the dark knight until this day.
Matt Harvey, hurt for most of 2016 tried to fight thru the pain but realizing it was hurting the team when he had a 3 start span from 5/13-5/24 he posted 13.1 IP, 27 hits, 16 earned runs and 9 strikeouts and the last 6 starts of his season he went 0-3, 31.4 IP, 36 hits, 14 ER and 26 Strikeouts. Leaving the field to a sea of boos against the Marlins at Citi Field that’s the lowest we ever seen Gotham’s dark knight. Matt Harvey and team doctors decided to have season ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in mid-season July. After they removed a small piece in his rib the rest, rehab and redemption began.
With the starting pitching staff at full force with Syndergaard and de GROM respectively at 1-2 Harvey is projected at the #3 spot in the rotation with Lefty young gun Matz as the 4th starter and Wheeler, Lugo & Gsellman battling for the back end of the rotation. The re-signing of Cespedes and Walker to solidify the wild card team of last year with a big RBI addition in Jay Bruce staying with the team. Matt Harvey is throwing like the Harvey of old with new energy and power in his arm and noted commenting on the locker room saying “You can envision the ticker tape parade we are going to have” you have to feel confident that This 2017 Mets looks and feels ready to go as far as they did in 2015 and giving Harvey that World series start of redemption for the fans and himself.