Matt Harvey’s skills still in decline, and if he can’t get it right, hello Panic Citi

Mets manager Terry Collins used the dreaded ‘P’ word Friday – the word his general manager Sandy Alderson made famous as part of a catch-phrase two years ago when mocking the team’s and fans’ mindset — before the start of a three-game series with Pittsburgh at Citi Field. “There’s no reason to panic,” Collins said. Well, if June 2 is too early to cry “Panic City” (or Panic Citi) in Flushing after former ace Matt Harvey pitched a dud and the Mets lost 12-7 to sink to a 23-30 record, then Mets fans better channel Alderson’s 2015 vibe —big time. After all, when the Mets GM used the phrase in jest in the summer of 2015, he was roasted by the New York media and Mets fans for not appearing to want to fix a broken wheel. Then Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes arrived in a trade, the Mets started hitting and winning, and eventually the club surprised everyone by punching a ticket to the World Series. Collins may have been trying to stave off his own concerns before Friday’s game, but afterward, the skipper sounded frustrated with what he is getting from his starting rotation, particularly Harvey’s latest step backward…. Read full this story

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