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Mets move Matt Harvey to bullpen despite former ace's resistance


The 29-year old, deGrom has been fantastic to start the season as he has a 2.53 ERA so far to go along with a 2-0 record and 40 strikeouts in only 32 innings pitched. His future is still in his own hands and it's up to him if he will soon land back in the New York Mets starting rotation. He'll reportedly be available as a reliever beginning on Tuesday.

"I think he made that pretty clear yesterday that he wants to be a starter", Callaway said Saturday.

In response, first-year manager Mickey Callaway backed up his "meritocracy" mantra by threatening Harvey's spot. NY would advance and Harvey would start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the up and coming Chicago Cubs team and would not disappoint. And if Harvey has any shot at pulling off a legitimate makeover as he prepares for free agency this coming offseason, it's most likely to happen by working with Eiland and Callaway. In seven of the starts in which he allowed one run or less, the Mets failed to give him run support and despite Harvey giving seven plus innings of quality pitching in a majority of them, he would recieve a no decision.

Harvey was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateal ligament in his right elbow, shutting him down for the season. Ricco wondered whether Harvey's massive decline could be "a mental thing, a confidence thing", and spoke of a team-wide hope that the right-hander could "get that confidence back and really let it go, and get back to being a guy who can dominate the way he has shown in the past". But can Harvey really get back on track?




The Mets really had no choice but to make Saturday's decision.

Harvey has made four starts for the Mets this season, but has been bad overall.

However, maybe Harvey moving to the bullpen is a blessing in disguise for the former MLB All-Star.

Harvey acknowledged that he can help the team from the bullpen but isn't happy with the news. He finished 2017 with a career-worst 6.70 ERA. Severino had a decent rookie year after his August 2015 call-up going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA, but 2016 was a different story. "I have to suck it up and go out there and do everything I can to get things back in gear".

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