When you get a nickname like “Dark Knight of Gotham,” you better be damn good. Harvey may not have asked for it, but he’d certainly earned the title in his first three years. “Loki” probably would’ve been more suitable, especially once Noah Syndergaard burst on the scene.
Because that’s exactly what Harvey did. He tricked everyone into believing he would sit at the top of the rotation for years and years. From 2012-2015 (injured through all of 2014) he had a 2.53 ERA, averaged 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings and had a 1.00 WHIP.
Or at least he was.
Now he’s headed to the bullpen after getting smacked around by the Braves on Thursday and his ERA reaching 6.00.
The Mets made the news official on Saturday:
I honestly have no idea how things went so wrong for him. He bounced back from Tommy John surgery in a big way in 2015. He dealt with shoulder surgery in 2016, which probably explains the continuous decline with his fastball velocity.
But Harvey always seemed capable of surviving a velocity decline with his curveball, changeup and slider.
Stunned. Absolutely stunned that it’s come to this.
Especially when you’ve got guys like Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom in the rotation. You would think having good, successful players around you would make you better.
One thing I’d do if I’m him: get a new trainer. That’s what Syndergaard did, and look at how he’s doing.