After starting last season 5-0 and looking like a solid candidate to win the CY Young, Matt Harvey has looked completely different at the beginning of this season and Mets fans hope he will turn it around soon.
In the first four innings of the New York Mets game against the Cleveland Indians, Harvey looked unstoppable, retiring all twelve batters. However, it all fell apart in the fifth and sixth, as he surrendered five runs and could not escape the sixth inning. Harvey is now 0-3 this season with a 5.71 ERA. He has also recorded just nine strikeouts in 17.1 innings which is a bit alarming.
There should be a cause for concern for Mets fans as Harvey was believed to be one of the aces on this staff and he has drastically under-performed. There have been times when he has looked un-hittable, but then there have been times when it looks like he can't get anyone out.
He needs to figure out what is not working and become more consistent with his pitches because the team will be heavily relying on him, especially if Jacob deGrom will be out for an extended period of time. Although it is still April and plenty of baseball left to be played, if Harvey does not turn it around in his next couple of starts, the panic button needs to be pushed. In addition to Harvey struggling, the Mets team as a whole is struggling, ranking near the bottom of the league in runs scored,home runs and batting average. Coupled with the Mets troubles is the Washington Nationals dominance, as they have had just one loss two weeks into the season. The next few weeks will be crucial in determining if the Mets will be competing in the playoffs and beyond like last season, or if they will be resembling the Mets of old.