Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Matt Harvey swears he'll be back in 2014

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey. (Kathy Willens/AP)

In 2012, the Mets got a taste of Matt Harvey, a 23-year-old pitching prospect who came up in September, threw 59.1 innings, and logged a 2.73 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 26 walks.

In 2013, they got him for a full season. Things did not change much.

Harvey threw 178.1 innings, kept his ERA at 2.27, and threw 191 strikeouts while allowing a mere 31 walks - only five more than he allowed in 119 fewer innings last year. Naturally, he was an All-Star. His future with the Mets is hotly anticipated, but he was tragically shelved for 2014 when it was revealed that he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season.

If Tommy John is going to be had, then it is better to have it early in a career, rather than later. Harvey had his in October, and enthused spectators this spring by throwing two consecutive days of bullpen sessions at Mets training camp, indicating an accelerated recovery.

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  • The Mets have plenty to look forward to, as their future could contain an epic rotation, with hurlers like Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndegaard brewing excitement as well. But Harvey isn't ready to surrender the entirety of 2014 just yet.

    While the Mets may not contend in 2014, they may have a reason to feel good about heading into 2015.

    Justin Klugh
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