Early life[ edit ] Harvey was born in New London, Connecticut ; he is the only son and youngest of three children of Ed and Jackie Harvey, both teachers.
His father was a standout athlete at Groton, Connecticut 's Fitch Senior High School and attended the University of Connecticut where he played both baseball as a centerfielder  and football , even appearing in the College World Series. He was teammates with future Major League pitcher Jesse Hahn on both teams. Harvey returned to Chatham in after a difficult sophomore year on the mound.
As Harvey explains, he had lost some of the mechanics and flexibility that had made him such a great pitcher throughout high school and the beginning of his college career. His strong pitching, plus injuries to major leaguers Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee , put him in contention for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation. He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about. Over his first 15 at-bats in seven starts, he posted impressive batting numbers with a. Harvey then went on to lose his next two starts and record a no-decision in his last outing of the season on September Despite more opportunities to pitch, Mets management ended his season due to an innings-pitched limit.
He finished his inaugural season with a 3—5 record, a 2. He surrendered 42 hits and 26 walks. Harvey pitching in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Harvey continued to garner accolades for his arm strength and control in After watching Harvey's first two starts of the season, during which he struck out 19 in 14 innings, former Mets manager Bobby Valentine said Harvey had the potential to be "the best Met pitcher to ever wear the uniform.
Dwight Gooden gave him the nickname The Real Deal after he saw him pitch live. Harvey left the game after nine innings, having surrendered only the one hit, as the Mets won in 10 innings.
Harvey had thrown innings in 17 starts at the time, which put him on a season-long pace for — innings. Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey would not be allowed to pitch more than — innings. On September 17, Harvey said he would try rehab before opting for surgery. Because of the procedure, Harvey was expected to miss the entire season.
James Andrews performed the operation in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He threw 20 times at a distance of 60 feet at the Mets spring training site Port St. Lucie, Florida , with the Mets goal being that he would be ready for the start of the season. Harvey had been rehabbing at such an accelerated pace that they thought it would be better to take a more cautious approach. After talking with Mets doctors, general manager Sandy Alderson decided that slowing Harvey's path would be best.
Another factor was that the Mets at the time were out of playoff contention, and him pitching in meaningless games was not worth the risk of being injured again. On April 9, Harvey returned from surgery, and allowed no runs in six innings while striking out nine against the Washington Nationals. After the game, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said: He's one of the toughest at-bats I've ever had. He added, "I think he has more talent than I do.
Louis Cardinals while striking out 9. Due to this poor outing, Harvey's ERA jumped from 1. Harvey also pitched 7 innings, striking out 9, and got his 8th win on the season. In September, Harvey's agent, Scott Boras , publicly expressed concern with the Mets' stated plans to allow Harvey to pitch around innings in the regular season, and also pitch "a reasonable amount" in the postseason.
Boras suggested that better medical advice, allegedly given by Dr. James Andrews , was to cap the innings at , and no postseason activity. He started Game 1 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals , giving up 3 earned runs through 6 innings in a no-decision. Kansas City won the game, in 14 innings, to take the series lead.
In Game 5 of the World Series against the Royals, Harvey entered the mound with a lead in the top of the ninth inning, per his own request, to try and finish the game despite having thrown over pitches. After allowing a leadoff walk followed by an RBI double, Harvey was pulled. The game-tying run eventually scored later in the inning on a throwing error, resulting in a no-decision for Harvey in a game the Mets would eventually go on to lose in 12 innings. During his first start on Opening Day against the reigning World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals, he allowed 4 runs 3 earned and did not seem his typical self, striking out few batters and surrendering a large number of hits.
After observing Harvey pitch, it seemed that his typical velocity and command had disappeared. Throughout the early part of the season, Harvey seemed to be struggling and inconsistent. However, Harvey had a few quality starts, including one where he went 7 complete innings while striking out 7 against the Chicago White Sox, and one against the San Diego Padres where he struck out a season high 10 and surrendered only 2 runs through 6 innings.
However, he was not pitching as successfully as he was his previous season. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said early in the season that Harvey had been struggling with a mechanical problem with his slider during his first two starts. However, on June 15, he was placed on the day disabled list with shoulder pain.
Harvey commented on his season-ending surgery, "I'm disappointed in the way I pitched, and hope this cures me, and we get back on track. On May 7, , Harvey was suspended for three games for violating team rules. He was visibly frustrated after the game, refusing to talk to news media. The Reds put Harvey into their starting rotation.