Matt Harvey's notable highs and lows with the Mets

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But as Mets starters Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard emerged as top pitchers, Harvey fell off, and the Mets' trio hasn't become the dominant force many hoped or expected.

If the Dark Knight rises once again, it won't be at Citi Field.

"Matt has been a cornerstone of my tenure here", Alderson said as he described the pitcher he's known since coming to the Mets a few months after Harvey had been drafted by former general manager Omar Minaya in 2010.

Per ESPN, the front office will now have a week to trade or hand him his outright release. Harvey refused, and the Mets DFA'd him on Friday. But Harvey gave up at least four runs in three straight starts this season while never pitching more than six innings.

Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts and four relief appearances.

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Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

Harvey also has dealt with a number of off-the-field issues. "Our job is to help every player in there, and it's not a good feeling when you can't". After seeing girlfriend Adriana Lima at a Rihanna party with National Football League receiver Julian Edelman, Harvey becomes an emotional wreck and doesn't show up for a game, citing migraine issues.

Sports Illustrated dubs Harvey The Dark Knight of Gotham. He sat out 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but recovered by posting a 2.71 ERA in 2015 helping lead the Mets to the World Series in 2015. That led to Tommy John surgery on October 22. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 189.1 innings, earning Comeback Player of the Year as one of the key members of a Mets team that reached the World Series.

He was suspended for three days without pay in May 2017 for skipping a game following a late night on the town. After a poor performance out of the bullpen against the San Diego Padres last week, Harvey admitted that he had a hard time mentally preparing to come in out of the pen. "Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected", Alderson said. "I guess the short answer is no".

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