The Atlanta Braves are looking for a veteran arm to provide a spark to the starting rotation. Could a former rival be that spark?
The Atlanta Braves have plenty of depth in starting pitchers, which allows them to possibly consider a player looking to “make good” for one year on a deal. That could fit Matt Harvey‘s plans perfectly this offseason.
Matt Harvey was a highly-sought-after pitcher coming out of high school in Connecticut, selected in the 3rd round in 2007 by the Angels. He chose instead to attend college, and it paid off in a big way, as Harvey was the 7th overall selection in the 2010 draft by the New York Mets from the University of North Carolina.
Harvey broke onto the scene with the Mets, quickly becoming a player of folklore with the Mets fanbase as he made 10 starts in 2012 with the major league squad, tossing 59 1/3 innings with a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 26/70 BB/K ratio.
In 2013, Harvey made the All-Star team, having an incredible season before his elbow popped, he made 26 starts, tossing 178 1/3 innings, with a 2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a 31/191 BB/K ratio. He became must-see for the Mets fans, and losing him for the entire 2014 season was a horrid thing for the team.
Harvey’s return in 2015 helped to key a pursuit of the playoffs for the New York Mets, as he went 13-8 over 29 starts and 189 1/3 innings, posting a 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and a 37/188 BB/K ratio.
He was impressive in the playoffs as well as the Mets pushed all the way to the World Series, where they lost to the Royals, making 4 starts, throwing 26 2/3 innings, with a 3.04 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and an 8/27 BB/K ratio.
Then it all went downhill…