The Mets tendered both Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler’s contracts Thursday, according to the New York Post. Harvey has been trying to reclaim his past success in the past couple of seasons. After having a stellar comeback season in 2015 from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has been encumbered by nagging injuries that turned him from one of the top aces in the league to a 4th or even 5th starter. Harvey has pitched 92.2 innings in each of the past two seasons, pitching with a record of 9-17, an ERA of 5.78 and an FIP of 4.92. One of Harvey’s major struggles last season was his poor command, which netted him a walk rate of 4.56 per 9 innings. Despite this, Harvey still brandishes good velocity and he still has the potential to become a good pitcher again.
Like Harvey, Wheeler has missed a significant amount of time due to injuries. This year, Wheeler pitched for the first time since 2014 after missing two seasons from Tommy John surgery. Wheeler’s comeback season didn’t go to plan, he had a record of 3-7 in 17 starts, along with an ERA of 5.21 and an FIP of 5.03.
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