Defiant Harvey says 'I'm a starting pitcher' after latest rough outing

Matt Harvey is attempting to salvage his once promising career

Matt Harvey is attempting to salvage his once promising career

The New York Mets are off to a good start this season, at 13-5 and atop the NL East entering Friday.

"On a scale of one-to-10, I'm at a 10 at being pissed off".

If Matt Harvey wants to make it back into the Mets starting rotation the way to do it is simple.

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A starter his whole career, the 29-year-old Harvey lost his spot after repeated problems on the mound. The Mets are paying Vargas $16 million for the next two seasons, which makes it unlikely the team will move him to the bullpen. I think everybody wants to start. I wouldn't say he's discouraged. "I think I have to suck it up and go out there and do everything I can to get things back in gear ... get things going and do everything I can to help this team and get back to where I believe ultimately I can [succeed the most], and that's as a starter". Harvey has struggled in three of his four starts this season, though Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are also options. "That's how baseball goes. Everybody uses tons of starters; 11 was the average a year ago for every team", he said.

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is headed to the bullpen, and he certainly isn't happy about it. That dropped Harvey to 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA. Instead, he chose to focus on his final three scoreless innings after getting hammered by the Braves.

While neither Callaway nor Eiland would tip his hand about Harvey's immediate future, Eiland, who most recently worked for the Royals, smiled when a reporter asked him if he had ever switched a starter to the bullpen under duress. It's the second double-digit strikeout game of the year for the right-hander, and we're going to guess it's not the last.

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Meanwhile, Harvey could move into the bullpen or back down to the minors, neither of which are ideal for him as he approaches free agency following this season. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, while healthy, are immovable object at the top of that rotation. Vargas will make a rehab start on Monday in Las Vegas, instead of Sunday as originally planned.

In the Thursday opener of this set, the Braves scored six times in the seventh and eighth innings on the way to a 12-4 win. He was 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA in 2017. He missed all of 2014 after Tommy John surgery but returned strong in 2015 in helping the Mets reach the World Series.

Kurt Suzuki had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer off Harvey in the first inning.

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