Matt Harvey has been in the spotlight for his antics, and it is no surprise the Mets may have had enough. So, should the Astros make a call and see what the asking price is for the right-hander?
Crossroads lead to new beginnings, maybe to the Astros.
The beautiful thing about this situation is that Matt Harvey could very much need a fresh start. He would join a contender, and his presence would make them even more dangerous. How about the Astros? He would be able to prove to the world of baseball that he is a champion. Like the Mets as a whole, Harvey has not had the best start. In 35 innings, Harvey has two losses with a 5.14 ERA and 28 strikeouts.
He’s talented and capable of being an elite pitcher in baseball. However, a person’s emotions and circumstances dictate their ability to thrive. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the Mets or fans will be forgiving of the mistakes he’s made. Perhaps this is a good thing. Perhaps it’s not.
Why the Astros Should be Looking
With the uncertainty of Collin McHugh and the struggles of Mike Fiers and Joe Musgrove, the Astros may be hard pressed to make a move for a quality pitcher. Harvey is not a bad idea when you think of it this way.
The gamble on a pitcher who’s potential is high may be worth more than the inconsistency currently residing at the bottom of the rotation. Personally, even with a healthy and effective Collin McHugh, the Astros will need to acquire a pitcher of Harvey’s caliber or higher to win in the postseason.
What’s wrong with a Phone Call?
Jeff Lunhow and staff should or possibly have called the Mets Organization to open discussion on a deal for Matt Harvey. This is a very good idea. The Astros have prospects. Draft picks from the Cardinals and a rostered player whom they could trade to acquire the right-hander.
However, if the Mets are in a position to just dump Harvey, then the price may be much lower. All in all, there is no reason not to call and see what the Mets are thinking. The Astros will trade for a pitcher before the trade deadline, will Harvey be the guy?
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***