Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/16/14
It’s 5:20 PM, and it’s the bottom of the fifth inning of the New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres game. This is the first time I have ever started to write anything before a game was finished, but I have to get this off my chest. Why are the Mets insisting on Matt Harvey throwing so many change-ups? I don’t see the logic. I see the logic in the change-up, just not in the way Harvey is using it. Harvey should be using that change-up as an out pitch. Throw a guy four or five 95mph fastballs, then the change-up becomes effective. The problem is Harvey is throwing it far too often.  It isn’t fooling anyone. Your fastball got you here kid…use it. The reason why I am so opposed to force feeding this kid the change-up is because of what is said to have happened to Doc Gooden after Mel Stottlemyre pushed the change-up into Doc’s repertoire. There is the argument that the change-up altered the Doc’s release point, and he was never as dominant a pitcher as he was before the change-up. He was st...
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