Baseball To say Matt Harvey has been struggling on the mound of late as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery is an understatement.Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with Hall of Famer John Smoltz about Harvey's woes and how New York's ace can return to his pre-surgery/early-season form. MORE: Hitting experts break down Bartolo Colon's swing | Pedro tweaks Mets for not pulling Harvey early“I said, ‘Is there really this Tommy John hangover?’ And (Smoltz) said, ‘Absolutely,’” Collins said, via ESPN. “I’m going to relay that to Matt. And, if I need to, I’m going to have John Smoltz relay that to Matt.” Harvey has a 7.20 ERA in his last four starts and has allowed eight home runs during that time. In comparison, he allowed just seven home runs in 26 starts in 2013.“One of the things that we’re seeing with Matt Harvey, that you see sometimes with stars, it’s the first time there’s ever (been) a bump in the road,” Collins said. “How are they going to handle it? This is his first bump. It’s been easy for Matt Harvey. Now he’s going to be tested. This guy has got the makeup to get through it.“Did we ever think there was going to be a situation where he would go through what he’s going throug

h?” Collins continued. “No, because he’s always been above that stuff. You look at last September, when he threw that little simulated game (at Citi Field) that day — 95 (mph). Eleven months out of surgery, he’s 95. And you’re just shaking your head, saying, ‘Nobody’s done that.’ And then he starts out the year with pinpoint control, great stuff, and you’re saying, ‘God, nobody does that.’“So now, all of a sudden, he’s flattened out and the panic is setting in like, ‘Oh, what’s wrong?’ And I don’t think there’s anything wrong. I just think we’ve got to be able to work our way through this whole thing.”Smoltz also missed a season due to Tommy John surgery in 2000. “He’s not been in the best of moods these days. And we certainly understand it,” Collins said of Harvey. “I just want him to be the Matt Harvey he was. Don’t get caught up in the persona, get caught up in the individual and who you are and what made the persona what it is, and be that guy."Not everybody is perfect. You’re not going to be perfect. You’re going to make mistakes. But find that fire again that made you so successful. I think he can handle it. I think he will, because he loves to be out there and he loves to pitch well and he likes to be the guy that everybody turns to. I think it’s still there.”

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