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Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: MATT HARVEY SP NEW YORK METS

                                                               

If you squinted really tightly and allowed your mind to drift back in time, you would swear it was 2015 all over again for New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey as he worked through his latest spring training start Thursday.  With a fastball that cracked the catcher's mitt with a sound not heard since that magical campaign, Harvey looked like an ace in his five inning stint as he punched out 8 Miami Marlins batters, which included the final five.  While Harvey gave up three runs in five innings, his fastball has pop and his offspeed stuff terrific bending action as there was nothing but encouraging optimism to take from the performance.  Better yet, Harvey got up to 96 with his fastball which is getting close to the 98 from his earlier heyday.  While we won't go so far as to say he is all the way back (or even close), it is fair to say that Harvey is back on the fantasy baseball radar given the positives he has put forth this spring.  It really all comes down to velocity for Harvey and that has been the biggest improvement here since he was mostly in the 92-93 range coming off TOS surgery last year and the fact he is hitting 96 now shows that his arm is starting to regain its old power.  As a result, Harvey needs to be bumped up a bit more on your fantasy baseball starting pitching cheat sheets this spring as the value meter moves upward. 


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