He threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in a 2-1 Atlanta victory.
Harvey got off to a good start this season. That became a distinct possibility Saturday, when manager Mickey Callaway announced the team's intentions to move Harvey to the bullpen. New York's 6-0 start in road games was the best in franchise history. Many believe the extra wear and tear did Harvey no favors.
Harvey has started 104 major league games and come out of the bullpen just once, doing it last season. "That's how baseball goes". "This'therefore base-ball goes. Everybody uses tons of flying all over the entire year".More news: Iowa unemployment drops to 2.8 percent, 5th lowest in US
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At the end of the clip, Callaway acknowledged that Harvey will probably make more starts for the Mets this season, citing how nearly every team uses a ton of starting pitchers. But as Harvey later told reporters, he informed team officials that he was "motivated to show everybody that he can be a starter".
The Mets really had no choice but to make Saturday's decision. It begins with potential and helping the team win, but slowly morphs in to a story about one guy, who had success, but is now struggling and only ever speaking about his mechanics, his arm, his velocity, and his health, while limited to only silver linings. Callaway, a former pitching coach, and Eiland were hired for their pitching expertise.
Ricco claimed sending Harvey to this minor leagues was perhaps not an option as the Mets nevertheless felt the workforce could be helped by Harvey. But he lost the entire 2014 season to Tommy John surgery, and his 2016 and 2017 seasons were limited by a right shoulder problem and surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
"I don't have to agree with it, but I have to go out there and do the best I can to get things going", he said.