UPDATED: Reflecting he’ll make next start.
However, after Harvey was ripped last night, 9-1, by Strasburg and the Nationals, red flags continue to fly.
After speculation he might be skipped in the rotation for his next start, manager Terry Collins said Harvey would make his next appearance.
Considering Harvey gave up nine runs in 2.2 innings Thursday against Washington, it’s easy to understand why the question was raised.
Harvey had no answers other than to say he’s still searching.
The booing Harvey endured might have been the worst he has ever heard. It even prompted the story Bryce Harper felt pity towards him, which is the last thing Harvey would want.
There was a sharp contrast between Harvey and Strasburg last night, and nobody was thinking about the original question.
Both are young pitchers carrying a huge potential check to be cashed; both had Tommy John surgery; and both have Scott Boras as an agent, one with a hard-boiled reputation of exploring the market and not leaving much – if anything – on the table.
If Strasburg got $175 million, what would Harvey earn after the 2018 season?
In anticipating the future market, it wouldn’t be hard to image a figure north of $200 million, perhaps as high as $225 million. Considering that, wouldn’t the prudent thing be to sign Harvey long-term now?
Whatever Harvey might get, it would pay for lots of clubbing, supermodels and Rangers games. However, to get all that, Harvey needs to win lots of games. I advocated for the Mets to lock up their young arms, beginning with Harvey. After he labored against the Rockies, I wrote it was premature to give up on him.
I advocated the Mets lock up their young arms, beginning with Harvey. After he labored against the Rockies, I wrote that was now premature. But, as long as he’s healthy, and he insists he is, Harvey is too valuable to abandon. However, if you’re the Mets you can’t blame them if they don’t do anything currently with Harvey.
Harvey might be healthy, but he could also turn out to be a supernova that has burned as bright and hot as he’ll ever be.
Nobody wants to believe that, but when you’re dealing with $200-million contracts, you must consider all the possibilities.