Mets' Starting Pitcher Matt Harvey Has Been Moved To the Bullpen

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Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (broken right hand) is expected to make a minor league rehab start this weekend and could be recalled as soon as the following weekend. Harvey is the odd man out after posting a 6.00 ERA through his first four starts. There's a good chance that he'll eventually get another opportunity to start, and if his results start to match his peripherals, he could have a solid season. It's not yet known what the Mets' plans are for him in the bullpen.

"Right now, helping the team, the best thing I can do is go to the bullpen and get myself ready. and get back to where I can best help this team as a starter", he said. NY is also 11-4 in their last 15 Friday games and 0-4 in Syndergaard's last four Friday starts. He makes his 12 career start against the Braves in this contest.

I think of Mike Pelfrey and John Maine, even Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana, all of whom went through a similar cycle, during which each pitcher - despite previous success - always ended up spiraling down in to a post-game conversation centered around their personal situation.

In his most recent start, the Mets' 12-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, Harvey gave up six runs in his first three innings and none over the final three. But the Mets could not ignore the numbers - 0-2, with a 6.00 ERA. But can Harvey really get back on track?

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He struck out five and allowed four homers in his first two starts, which were at home against the Phillies and Nationals. He just needs to get back to where he knows he can be.

"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", said Harvey. The two runs scored against him on Saturday were the first two Familia has allowed all year.

It was Teheran's second straight strong effort at SunTrust Park, where he had gone 4-10 with a 5.93 ERA in 20 previous starts.

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey is ticketed for the bullpen after rough start to 2018 season. An All-Star in 2013, he missed half of the 2016 season for surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome.