Night, night. Matt Harvey’s Dark Knight Alter-Ego Sent Packing
The 2015 World Series, when Matt Harvey was last at the top of his game, feels like an awfully long time ago. The one-time ace who was dubbed the Dark Knight had flashes of brilliant, dominating stuff, but sustained success was never established and now Harvey's star has come crashing to Earth.
The 29-year old right-hander only produced two seasons with a record over .500 and in 2017 he set a new record for highest ERA by any pitcher in Mets franchise history. This season, Harvey followed up that 6.70 ERA with an even 7.00. His performance earned him a demotion to the bullpen; a role he never embraced, insisting he was only a starting pitcher and on Saturday, his release from the Mets was made official.
The trio of Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom drew laughable comparisons to the Braves' Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz. Such is the world of quick-to-react sports fans and media. Those three pitchers who helped Atlanta dominate the NL East for as long as they did are all Hall of Famers. Matt Harvey appears to be on a path that won't put him in Kevin Millwood's category. Maybe not even Pete Smith's.