Unless Matt Harvey is going on the disabled list, there’s no reason for the Mets to skip his next start, whether it be to move him up to Monday or keep his scheduled Tuesday start.
So, on the day after Harvey was shelled by Washington – and Terry Collins initially danced around the issue of whether he’d make his next start – the heads-or-tails Mets’ manager said there would be no changes.
It’s good they dropped this silly idea of skipping him.
Collins actually said Harvey might be moved up. That decision should be made this afternoon.
“We dissected every angle there was,” Collins told reporters. “In the end, knowing this guy like we do, he wants to pitch. He wants to fight through it. He doesn’t want to run and hide. He wants to be out there. We’re going to do that. …`We really think he’s got to get back on the horse as fast as he can.”
There’s nothing to be dissected. Unless you don’t want him in the rotation any longer, then he pitches. It’s not all that hard.
This is what annoys me most about Collins. Less than 24 hours earlier, he said there would be no guarantee when Harvey would get back on the mound. That’s what he should have said from the beginning. If you have the faith in Harvey you claim, then you don’t screw around with guessing games and send him out there.
Unless Harvey is hurt – and don’t forget he hid his original injury, so it wouldn’t be a shock if that’s again the case – he needs to stay on schedule. Deviating shows a lack of confidence in him, and if that’s true, then send him to the minors to work out his problems.
Harvey shouldn’t be immune to the treatment other players get. His 28-24 lifetime record says he hasn’t been all that special.
The only way Harvey pulls out of this funk is to keep pitching. If he doesn’t pull out of it, then maybe Harvey isn’t all that good in the first place.