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Matt Harvey after latest rough start: ‘Back to the drawing board’

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To say that Matt Harvey’s 2016 season has been a frustrating exercise in disappointment would be a tremendous understatement.

But the struggling New York Mets ace insists he’ll keep trying to find a solution to the confounding struggles he has endured, even after being tagged for five earned runs in 3.2 innings in his start Monday against the Miami Marlins.

While the Mets were able to overcome Harvey’s rough start by rallying back from a six-run deficit to beat the Marlins by a score of 8-6, the pitcher’s most recent slip-up obviously is a source of great concern.

Both Harvey and Mets skipper Terry Collins seemed to be reading from the same script after the game, as both professed a “back to the drawing board” mantra in regard to Harvey’s continued inability to get his season back on track.

“It’s tough but it’s part of baseball,” Harvey said, via NJ.com’s Ryan Hatch. “Ups and downs, and unfortunately it’s been more downs than there are ups, but still got a long way to go and lot more starts left, but I’ll go back to the drawing board like I have many times.”

“(His) command wasn’t good, lot of balls in the middle of the plate, couldn’t make his pitch, didn’t have the ate life that we normally see,” Terry Collins said of Harvey’s short start. “I’d have to say there’s some concern.”

The 11 hits Harvey surrendered Monday were the second-most of his career. And in his 17 starts this season, Harvey has allowed four or more runs in six of them. He now sits at 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA on the season.

Despite having more downs than ups this season — although his best start may have been his previous one, although that one was cut short by a rain delay — Harvey says he and pitching coach Dan Warthen will continue to look at video in an effort to determine the source of his struggles.

“We’ll look at stuff tomorrow—you can’t take any days off,” Harvey said. “Slider, curveball, changeup, fastball, everything was just out of whack and catching too much of the plate.

“Continuous struggle. We’ll look at that again tomorrow.”