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Matt Harvey looked like Matt Harvey again

Tuesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes Harvey doing Harvey things, the NCAA baseball tournament, and the Yankees' rotation decisions.

Chicago White Sox v New York Mets Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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There has been much speculation about what the Mets need to do with Matt Harvey. Did he overextend himself last fall, following Tommy John surgery, in order to help the Mets reach the World Series? Was he secretly hurt? Was he just bad now? All of that should die down, at least for a little while, as Harvey looked like Harvey once again while downing the White Sox. The right-hander went seven innings -- and on just 87 pitches -- striking out six against one walk, while limiting Chicago to one run. The reason, supposedly, is that Harvey had a mechanical flaw identified.

Of course, Harvey also had a mechanical flaw identified back on April 21. He pitched decently enough for a few starts after that until this new issue arose. Don't take this to mean Harvey is a couple of appearances away from falling apart again. Just don't assume that one start post-flaw identification means he's definitely fixed now, either. The velocity was there, at least, with Harvey throwing in the upper 90s with a regularity he had not shown in 2016 to that point, so at least this time around feels more like Harvey than the last.

The Mets need Harvey to be his typical self given how good the Nationals have been and should continue to be. New York is currently one game back in the NL East, and the Senior Circuit's Wild Card race is already tight, as the Mets are tied with the Pirates and four other teams are within 3.5 games of the pair. The Mets got to this point with Harvey mostly a mess: if he's now at a point where his ERA is going to keep dropping each time out for a while, then New York basically just made their first "trade" of the season.