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33 Matt Harvey SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/217 | Birthdate: 3/27/1989 | Birthplace: New London, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/92 | Average Draft Position: 35.24
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Mets SP Matt Harvey throws 8 2/3 strong innings Saturday for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (4-0) went 8 2/3 innings against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing two runs and striking out seven to earn the win.

Harvey came within one out of his second career complete game.

"I still felt good. I still felt strong," Harvey said. "Once you get that close to it you want to finish, but I think [Mets manager Terry Collins] made the right call."

Harvey allowed a run after a double play in the third inning and surrendered a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in the seventh.

"I know he wants this game bad enough. He deserved it in every way," Collins said. "This was his day and he needed to be out there, so I did the best I could to leave him out there."

Harvey threw 107 pitches in the game and was clocked at 98 MPH in the ninth inning.

Harvey's next start is set for Friday against the Nationals.


Mets P Matt Harvey (ankle) still to make start Saturday vs. Yankees


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Despite a mild ankle sprain, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey's scheduled start for Saturday against the Yankees in the Bronx is still a go, reports ESPN.com.

Harvey originally suffered the injury in spring training and had the ankle re-evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday.

Harvey worked out Thursday with the ankle taped up.

"A little tape is not going to keep him from pitching the way he can pitch," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Mets' Matt Harvey has mild ankle sprain, still scheduled to start Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had his foot evaluated by a doctor on Wednesday and he is reportedly dealing with a mild ankle sprain, according to WOR 710 AM in New York. Manager Terry Collins reassured that Harvey is fine for his next scheduled start Saturday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

"He's fine. It's nothing," Collins told reporters, per ESPN.

Harvey, who is coming off major elbow surgery, has won all three of his first starts. He owns a 3.50 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 24:1 K:BB ratio over 18 innings. He allowed one earned run over eight innings of work in his previous meeting against the Yankees in 2013.


Mets SP Matt Harvey not having to rely on slider


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey relied on his slider heavily during his breakout year in 2013, as it was his second-most used pitch (18.5 percent) behind his fastball, per FanGraphs.com.

However, as Harvey makes his return from Tommy John surgery in 2015, the slider has been his least-used pitch through three starts. He has thrown it just 4.3 percent of the time, as he is relying more on his curveball and changeup as secondary offerings.

Sliders are known to put the most torque on a pitcher's elbow, per NJ.com. However, coach Dan Warthen said before Harvey made his third start Sunday against the Marlins that there is no hesitation by Harvey to throw the pitch coming off major elbow surgery.

"No. His curveball has been great, changeup's been great, fastball has been outstanding. It's just not taking place," Warthen said. "We haven't thrown it a whole bunch so it's not exactly where you want it to be yet, but it's still a very useable pitch."


Mets starter Matt Harvey moves to 3-0 with solid outing on Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Mets starter Matt Harvey (3-0) allowed four runs on eight hits and stuckout seven in six innings of work Sunday to earn the win against the Marlins.

"It was a battle," Harvey said. "I think I kind of ran out of gas."

Harvey did not walk a batter in the game and has walked just one batter in 18 innings this season.

Harvey has been ill of late but said he doesn't want to miss a start.

"I can't swallow anything. Just felt weak, rundown," he said.

Harvey's won all three of his starts in 2015.

Harvey will look to stay perfect Saturday in New York against the Yankees.


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey strikes out eight in start Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey allowed three runs on five hits, including two home runs, in New York's 6-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday. 

Harvey was a bit erratic in his start, allowing a home run to Chase Utley in the first inning, but recording five strikeouts in the first two. Harvey then allowed a run in both the third and fourth innings before settling down and finishing off his start. 

Harvey now boasts a 2.25 ERA and will look for his third consecutive win of the year Monday 


Mets' Matt Harvey has Phillies' number so far


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/14/2015) The Phillies visit their division-rival Mets Tuesday and will have to face Matt Harvey, who's owned them during his young career, reports ESPN. 

Coming into Tuesday, Harvey has faced the Phillies five times and has never allowed more than two runs in a start while never pitching fewer than six innings.

Overall against the Phillies, Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA.


Mets aren't planning to skip Matt Harvey in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated before Matt Harvey's second start of the season Tuesday against the Phillies he has no plans to skip his turn in the rotation for now. However, Collins said the team could use off-days to push Harvey back a day or two instead of skipping his turn entirely.

As it has been well documented, Harvey is in his first season back after undergoing Tommy John surgery late in the 2013 season. The Mets don't have a concrete number of innings yet for Harvey, but Collins has mentioned 190 innings as a potential goal for the right-hander in 2015.


Mets' Matt Harvey strikes out nine in stellar 2015 debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey made his long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery with bang, striking out nine and collecting a win in his first start since the procedure on Thursday against the Nationals.

Per the New York Post, Harvey had his fastball consistently in the 95-97 mph range and struck out Michael Taylor -- the first batter he faced in a big-league game in roughly 19 months. Three of his nine punchouts were courtesy of Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, who went down swinging each time up.

The 26-year-old Harvey, who was on a soft 90-pitch limit, permitted four hits and one walk while striking nine over six scoreless innings of work in a 6-2 victory. Of his 91 pitches, 63 of them were strikes.

"When you've got a No. 1 guy that you can run out there and you know that, hey, we give him two to three runs a game and he's going to win 20 games -- we got that animal," manager Terry Collins said, per the Associated Press. "He's going to change the dynamic of what our club is all about."

Harvey will make his second start of the season on Tuesday against Philadelphia. He went 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in three starts against the Phillies in 2013.


Mets could limit Matt Harvey to 190 innings this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins toyed around the idea of limiting Matt Harvey to 190 innings this season while speaking to the media before Harvey's start back from Tommy John surgery, according to NJ.com.

"We have a chance to leave here with two wins and one loss, which is the level of where we're at right now," Collins said. "If you have one guy on the mound you think can accomplish that, it's Matt Harvey. So we're excited that he's back out there, we're extremely excited that this is the start of hopefully a healthy, long, 190-inning season. But right now we just have to get through today."

"Somewhere over 90 max,' is the soft pitch limit for Harvey against the Nationlals on Wednesday, Collins said. Harvey is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA over three career starts against Washington.

"Today, he's going to be a jerk because it's his turn to pitch," Collins said, per NJ.com.


Mets P Matt Harvey ready, excited to return


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is excited to throw his first regular-season pitch in 593 days on Thursday, per ESPN.com.

"I think because of the work that's been done in spring training, and the buildup that we've had, I don't really imagine as of now that anything is going to be too much different," Harvey said. "But you never know until you get out there. As of now I don't feel any different than any other start. I'm excited just to get things going and kind of put the injury behind me and start a fresh season."

Although the team will be conservative with Harvey's pitch counts, he knows that is out of his hands.

"That I can't control," Harvey said. "For me, just as much as the weather, if I start worrying, ‘I've got to throw 10 pitches per inning,' then I'm already looking too far ahead. If I can stay focused on pitch by pitch, hopefully [I] can get us deep into the ballgame with whatever pitch limit they put me on."

In 22 2/3 innings pitched this spring in the Grapefruit League, Harvey posted an ERA of 1.19 with only one walk. 


Mets plan to be conservative with Harvey, deGrom early in season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Mets plan to be cautious early in the season with starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom since neither player stretched out to 100 pitches during spring training, per NJ.com.

"It's not about health," general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Well in Harvey's case it's about his return. And in deGrom's case it's being a little conservative, that's all."

With the conservative approach in mind, the Mets chose to open the season with an eight-man bullpen.

"That gave us a little bit of flexibility," Alderson said. "That may change as well over time."


Mets ace Harvey projected to throw 90-100 pitches in season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey went just four innings in his final Grapefruit League start Thursday against the Cardinals. However, the short outing wasn't because he struggled.

In fact, Harvey threw very well Thursday. He tossed four scoreless innings, allowing three hits -- two singles and one double -- and no walks. He also had four strikeouts.

Harvey, who missed last season due to Tommy John surgery, finished the spring with a 1.19 ERA. He totaled 21 strikeouts and walked just one batter in 22 2/3 innings.

“We came in hoping to find out what we have, and we’ve got the same guy we saw two years ago,” manager Terry Collins said, per the New York Post. “We’re excited to get him out there when the games start.”

The Mets ace is set to make his first start of the season next Thursday at Washington. It will be his first regular season start since Aug. 24, 2013.

Collins said the team is "going to be delicate" with Harvey early in the season. He estimated the team's ace would throw about 90 pitches against Washington. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Harvey's ceiling will be 100 pitches in his 2015 debut, per Newsday.


Solid start for Mets' Matt Harvey


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Mets' pitcher Matt Harvey celebrated his 26th birthday with a solid start against the Cardinals. 

Harvey threw 80 pitches in four and a third innings, striking out five. He gave up a run on three hits and didn't walk a batter. 

"It’s all the process now," manager Terry Collins said. "He’s obviously healthy."

Harvey is returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of last season. 

"To know I can throw strikes with everything right now, I’m pretty happy," Harvey said, per the New York Times.

Harvey has a 1.45 ERA this spring with 17 strikeouts in 18 and two thirds innings.


Mets GM: Ticket sales a factor in choosing Harvey's spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday having Matt Harvey slot into the third spot in the rotation was partly impacted by ticket sales for the team's first home series against the Phillies from April 13-16.

Harvey, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, is slated to make his second start of the season April 14, which would be the team's second home game. Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is slated to start the home opener April 13.

While many factors went into choosing Harvey's spot in the rotation, having him pitch the second home game of the season will likely increase ticket sales, according to ESPN. Last season, the Mets drew 42,442 on Opening Day at Citi Field against the Nationals and 29,146 in the second game.

"Look, we take a lot of things into account," Alderson said. "I think the first and foremost is: Does any pitcher deserve to pitch in a game of that sort? And I think that was the primary focus. You're assuming people are more interested in seeing Harvey pitch than Jacob. That's probably true, but not something that I would acknowledge. There are lots of secondary considerations."

When asked if ticket sales were among those secondary considerations, Alderson said with a smile, "Could be."


Mets line up Colon, deGrom, Harvey for first three games


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins announced Monday that Bartolo Colon will draw the start for Opening Day on April 6 against the Nationals, while Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will follow Colon in the rotation, The Star-Ledger reports.

The news confirms a report from Sunday indicating that Colon, deGrom and Harvey would face the Nationals in the first series of the season. Colon will become the oldest Opening Day starter in franchise history, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007.


Report: Mets tap Bartolo Colon for Opening Day, set rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) The Mets will start Bartolo Colon on April 6 in the regular-season opener against the Nationals, ESPNNewYork.com reported Sunday.

The team confirmed the report Monday. Colon is set to become the team's oldest Opening Day starter ever, surpassing Tom Glavine in 2007. He went 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA and 151:30 K:BB ratio in 202 1/3 innings.

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom will start the team's second game of the season as well as the home opener against the Phillies. Matt Harvey, who was in the mix to pitch the home opener, will follow deGrom in both of the first two trips through the rotation.


Mets' Matt Harvey dominates Yankees in start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey pitched five and two thirds shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday, allowing just two hits.

Harvey struck out four of the 18 batters he faced and retired 10 in a row at one point. Not only didn't he walk a batter, but he never went to three balls on anyone.  

After the game, manager Terry Collins said that Harvey would not start the home opener for the Mets, per ESPN's Adam Rubin


Mets pitcher Matt Harvey hoping to throw 75 pitches Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will start Sunday against the Red Sox and will hopefully reach 75 pitches, reports ESPN.com.

Harvey threw four scoreless innings Monday against Boston and has a 2.08 ERA through three starts so far this spring. Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013 and is being brought along slowly this spring.


Mets ace Matt Harvey: I'm ready to put 'whole staff on my shoulders'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) With Zack Wheeler likely destined for Tommy John surgery, Mets ace Matt Harvey, who is also working his way back from the procedure, told reporters he's ready to put the entire pitching staff on his shoulders, according to the New York Post.

"I don't look at it that way," Harvey said. "I just go about things the way that I do and the way that I know how. That's what I've always done. I kind of took over and took charge at North Carolina when I was a junior and had the whole staff on my shoulders there. So now it comes pretty natural. It's something I enjoy. I'm ready to do the same thing here."

Wheeler has looked sharp in his first spring training since Tommy John surgery, keeping his fastball in the 95-97 mph range. He has allowed two runs, struck out eight and walked one in 8 2/3 innings of work this spring.

"I do everything I can to win and lead by example on the field," Harvey said. "That's important to me. I never asked for it, but it's come and it's a great honor. It's something I take great pride in. We can't let this be something that ends our season."


Four shutout innings for Mets' Matt Harvey


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Matt Harvey threw four shutout innings for the Mets in a spring game against the Red Sox on Monday. 

Harvey allowed three hits and no walks, while striking out three of the 14 batters he faced. Harvey had a maximum pitch count of 60 and ended up throwing 53, 35 of them for strikes. 

Harvey kept his fastball in the 95-97 MPH range and pitched out of trouble after allowing extra base hits in the first two innings. 

"I felt great to the last pitch," he told ESPN's Adam Rubin. "So we're moving in a good direction."


Mets' Matt Harvey to go four innings, 60 pitches next Tuesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) In his next start next Tuesday, Mets starter Matt Harvey is expected to go four innings and throw 60 pitches, according to ESPN. 

On Wednesday, Harvey gave up two runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins. 

Harvey has now put two starts under his belt and said he isn't thinking about the Tommy John surgery he endured in October of 2013. 

"The idea of surgery is out of my mind," Harvey said, via MLB.com. "For me, it's getting guys out and working on pitches to get ready for the season."


Mets SP Matt Harvey not as dominant in second spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey made his second start Wednesday since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013. However, unlike Harvey's first spring outing, which was flawless, he wasn't as dominant in his second spring start against the Marlins.

Harvey had a fairly quick first inning. He allowed a one-out single to Christian Yelich, who he picked off first base. Harvey would face just three batters in the first inning.

In the second, however, the Marlins jumped all over Harvey, who allowed three singles and a walk to begin the inning. Harvey worked out of the jam by getting a double play and strikeout.

He went back out for the third, but he ran into more trouble. Yelich had another one-out single before Giancarlo Stanton tied the game at 2 with an RBI double. Harvey struck out Michael Morse before being lifted with two outs in the inning.

Harvey, whose fastball topped out at 98 mph Wednesday, was charged with two runs on six hits and one walks in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out two. His ERA rose to 3.86.


Matt Harvey slated to throw 50 pitches Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters that Matt Harvey is scheduled to throw 50 pitches on Wednesday when the Mets face the Marlins, according to the New York Daily News. Harvey, who made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, threw two perfect innings during Friday's spring game.

Matt Harvey pitches like an ace in return to action for Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitched in a game Friday against the Tigers for the first time in about 18 months, and the team couldn't have scripted a better outcome

Harvey, who made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, threw two perfect innings during Friday's spring game and reached as high as 99 mph on the radar gun.

"I feel like I never left," Harvey said, per MLB.com. "I could tell the ball was coming out good. I think I let a few go, but for the most part I was really trying to stay loose and hit my spots, and I felt pretty confident with that."

Harvey began the game with a strikeout of Anthony Gose on a 98 mph fastball. He then broke the bats of Jose Iglesias and Rajai Davis on grounders. 

Harvey returned in the second inning with a flyout and two more strikeouts. He threw 25 pitches.