First looks can be entirely deceiving.
At least, that's what the Cincinnati Reds must be thinking. In trading for starting pitcher Matt Harvey at the beginning of May, the Reds were hoping that a change of scenery would help the former ace snap out of his prolonged slump.
If it makes you feel any better, Matt Harvey has a 5.04 ERA in six starts for the Reds.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 9, 2018
Harvey even seemed to justify that line of thought during his first start with the Reds, in which he was surprisingly sharp.
However, Harvey's true colors have shone through yet again.
After that one brilliant start, Harvey has been a disaster waiting to happen. The Reds just cannot trust the man to put them in a position to win games every fifth day.
Matt Harvey used to be so dominant ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/qoqc4ANukJ— Daily Dingers (@BCNDailyDingers) May 19, 2018
Harvey has given the Reds six starts now, and has accumulated some horrible statistics over the duration of his brief Cincinnati career. He owns a 5.04 ERA with the Reds, and that number has only been reflected by his last three starts, in which he has allowed 13 runs in 16.1 innings. He also has been worse than a replacement level player, as indicated by his -0.1 WAR with the Reds.
The Dark Knight is undeniably a shell of the player he was when he led the New York Mets to the World Series in 2015. Injuries have ruined a career that looked so promising, which constitutes a truly sad storyline for a player who at once seemed to possess all the talent in the world.