Scuffling Matt Harvey defiant over spot in Mets rotation: ‘I’m a starting pitcher’

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Matt Harvey (Getty Photographs)

Is former ace Matt Harvey the odd man out in the Mets rotation?

Supervisor Mickey Callaway would not say so after Harvey was roughed up once more Thursday, leaving the pitcher pleading his case after a 12-four loss to the Braves.

“I’m a starting pitcher,” Harvey stated defiantly (by way of the New York Day by day Information). “I’ve all the time been a starting pitcher. I feel I confirmed in the fifth and sixth inning I can get individuals out nonetheless when my pitch rely will get up, so I’m a starting pitcher.”

Callaway cannot a lot be taking a look at Harvey’s pitch counts as his report (zero-2) and ERA (6.00) after surrendering six runs on eight hits, strolling one and hanging out 4 in six innings. All six runs got here in the primary 2 1/three innings, so he did bear right down to final six innings, his longest outing since Might 2017, overlaying a stretch of 12 consecutive begins.

Nonetheless Callaway wasn’t prepared to decide to Harvey in the rotation as Jason Vargas’ rehab is nearing its finish and the Mets (thirteen-5) face the prospect of getting six starting pitchers.

“We’re not likely positive what’s going to occur with our rotation as soon as Vargas will get again,” Callaway stated. “We haven’t even considered that. We haven’t thought that far. We’re not going to react on one outing. We’ll have to attend and see.”

Of the 5 Mets pitchers who’ve gotten begins this season, Harvey has the worst ERA by greater than a 1.50 runs per recreation. He is also the one winless starter.