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Matt Harvey Goes from Question Mark to Man of the Hour for Mets in World Series

Matt Harvey (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey took harsh and justified criticism with his handling of the innings limit situation that his agent Scott Boras created last month.

To refresh memories, Harvey was called all the names in the book between traitor and coward, and was called to the carpet for what appeared to be his hypocritical adherence to “wanting the ball” but possibly ending his season before the post season even began.

However, Harvey has answered the criticism.

He took the ball against LA and won, took the ball against Chicago and pitched brilliantly en route to a win.  And now, he is the New York Mets’ number 1 starter as the team faces Kansas City in game one of the World Series.

He took a line drive off his arm and stayed in the game against Chicago, and with the Mets citing concern about swelling in his arm over the past week, the Mets’ most heralded starter coming into the season will take the mound tonight.

Jacob deGrom’s emergence, Harvey’s missteps along the way, including the handling of innings limit situation, as well as seeming to lose that intimidation factor which included a shaky start in the NLDS, cost Harvey his position atop the staff.

However, against Chicago, he seemed to get it back in that NLCS start, a brilliant 7 and 2/3 inning performance, as well as gutting out this injury to his arm that has him back in Mets’ fans good graces.  It also has him back in position to reclaim his position as Ace of the Mets’ great pitching staff.

 

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