Mets Demote One-Time Ace Matt Harvey To Bullpen

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But it's safe to say "The Dark Knight" is not on the same wavelength.

Callaway said it is "hard to pinpoint" the reason for Harvey's struggles. Harvey's fastball in 2018 is barely sitting at 93 miles per hour. There's a pretty substantial body of evidence that Harvey is now a bad pitcher. With AP Photos.Preston Tucker drove in a career-high five runs, Matt Wisler allowed two hits in seven innings after being called up from the minors, and the Atlanta Braves beat Matt Harvey and the New York Mets 12-4. Harvey wouldn't be obligated to accept such an assignment, by virtue of his five-plus years of service time, and he shouldn't have been castigated had he refused to go to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Yoenis Cespedes has yet to hit his stride
Yoenis Cespedes has yet to hit his stride

Harvey (0-2) allowed six runs in six innings. I hope his next start truly is the first of many, many great moments for him as a starting pitcher.

The New York Mets are off to a good start this season, at 13-5 and atop the NL East entering Friday.

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In the meantime, the Mets are off to a 14-5 start and now lead the NL East.

"When you have all things even and you're trying to make a tough decision, it comes down to the little things like controlling the running game, fielding your position", Callaway said. A manager in the Major League Baseball must place the best team out there, day in and day out with a keen eye on the bigger, 162-game picture. "My performance hasn't been there, and I just have to do whatever I have to do to get back in the starting rotation".

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Harvey will head to the bullpen, Anthony DiComo of reports.

"It's the decision that they made, I have to suck it up, go out there, and do everything I can to get things back in gear". Either when the Mets are getting blown out or are blowing out their opposing team. Just like Severino did with the Yankees, he needs to make his contributions felt in the bullpen by producing quality innings and proving that he can get batters out without giving up runs. When Callaway was in Cleveland, both Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer got innings out of relief which than led to positive outings as a starter. Most notably, Callaway oversaw the transition of talented Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco from a starter role to the bullpen and back to the rotation.

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If general manager Sandy Alderson can find a way, trading Harvey before this summer's trade deadline would be considered a victory as the Mets could get something for the troubled and struggling arm.