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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MATT HARVEY SP NEW YORK METS

Sigh.  I will preface my comments by saying that this is still just the third exhibition start for New York Mets righty Matt Harvey coming off the very serious thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.  With that out of the way, now let's get down to business.  That business has me VERY worried about Harvey as his outing on Wednesday did nothing to allay fears that he will never be the stud power pitcher he was as recently as 2015 before all went wrong.  Facing the Miami Marlins, Harvey went 3.1 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 earned).  Even more disturbing was the fact his fastball sat consistently in the 91-92 range and the Miami hitters had no trouble putting wood to ball.  With the season less than three weeks away, Harvey has not done anything to buck the thoracic trend of robbing pitchers who had the surgery of velocity.  We have seen cases like Chris Carpenter, Josh Beckett, Jeremy Bonderman, and most recently Phil Hughes ALL see their fastballs decline sharply after the surgery and each of those guys came up as a power arm.  Not saying this is what has happened with Harvey but the signs are pointing in that direction.  Right now you can only safely put Harvey down as an SP 4 but the present version of him is more name brand then results.  Yes I might be overstating things but Harvey does not look good and the lack of pop on his stuff is disturbing.


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