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Link Roundup: Harvey Day #5

Happy Matt Harvey Day!  Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 9.9 SO/9) takes the mound against…well, who cares? It’s Matt Harvey Day.

But seriously, it’s Ted Lilly and the Dodgers at Citi Field.

There’s lots of reaction to last night’s loss.  Mark (Bleepin’) Ellis Chippered the Mets with a pair of home runs, and a hot shot that knocked Jon Niese on his butt and out of the game.  Niese is day-to-day and says he’ll make his next start.  We shall see.

Josh Edgin got lit up last night and now sports a 10.80 ERA.  Terry Collins is concerned.  Edgin’s fastball was straight and his slider was a cement mixer.  Could Robert Carson, who did yeoman’s work on short notice after replacing the injured Niese, be in line to replace Edgin?  Shaun Marcum is due to be activated on Saturday, and someone in the bullpen is going to have to head out to Vegas.  Or maybe another answer could come from within.

Jack Leathersich continued his scoreless streak in Binghamton last night.  The Leather Rocket is slight of build, but has 15 Ks in 10 innings this year.  Perhaps his time won’t come this year, but we may see him in Queens soon.

The Mets have a lot of flaws, that’s really not news.  But let’s just hold our horses.

It’s Matt Harvey Day.


Link Roundup: Snow Day Edition

Jeremy Hefner works on his new pitch: The Snowball.

Jeremy Hefner works on his new pitch: The Snowball.

The Mets/Rockies game was snowed out last night.  I mean really, REALLY snowed out.  I live here in the greater Denver area, so I can attest to that.  Seven inches of snow on Tax Day just ain’t right.

They’ll try to play two today, but the weather isn’t looking so great.  Not snowing as of this writing, but more rain and snow is predicted for this evening – which would threaten game 2 of the double header.

And while it’s not snowing, the frozen stuff needs to be delicately removed from the field, or else the players are going to have to exchange their spikes for snow shoes.

UPDATE (10:50 AM MDT): Here’s what Coors Field looks like now as they try to clear the snow – still a lot of work to do.

In uniform news, the Mets and Rockies will all wear number 42 in game 1 to belatedly honor Jackie Robinson Day.  In game 2, they’ll wear their 1993 uniforms to commemorate Colorado’s first game as a franchise – a 3-0 loss to Dwight Gooden and the Mets at Shea.  In an odd anomaly, the Mets will wear their home jerseys from that year, and the Rox will wear their old road unis.

Of course, there was much bigger and more serious news that brought us down to reality once again, the way the real world has a habit of doing on occasion.  Here is some reaction to the terror attack in Boston yesterday, and what baseball means in its context.

Maybe baseball is one of many reminders that for every one maniac who feels the need to take people’s lives away, there are a million good-hearted people who can’t possibly fathom anything of the sort.


Mets/Rockies Snowed Out, Will Play 2 Tomorrow

Tonight’s Mets vs. Rockies game has been postponed due to…this:

harvey snow

Matt Harvey enjoys the frozen tundra of Coors Field.

A separate-admission double header has been scheduled for tomorrow.  Game 1 will take place at 3:10 PM EDT, and game 2 is scheduled for 8:40 PM EDT.

Dillon Gee will start the first game, according to Terry Collins. He said he may pitch Jeremy Hefner tomorrow night, instead of Aaron Laffey, but he hadn’t decided yet.


Link Roundup: All About Harvey

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey pitched another great game last night, even without his best command. His fastball darted all over the place, his slider stayed up in the zone, and his changeup was inconsistent.  Yet his line looked like this:

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Matt Harvey, W (2-0) 7 3 1 1 2 9 0 0.64 26 110 66


One could picture Harvey afterward wearing a red Nike golf shirt saying casually “I didn’t have my A-game today” as he takes a sip of water.

He did it on a national stage, on ESPN, in the home of the Mets’ biggest rival, against a fading ace, Roy Halladay.  If one were prone to superlatives, one could say a torch might have been passed from one dominant right-hander to another last night.

Not since a 1950 movie starring James Stewart has the name “Harvey” created so much buzz.  But the Mets’ pitcher is no invisible rabbit.  He sure looks like the real thing.

Of course, we as Mets fans will always have the ability to find a cloud in every silver lining.  Is there such a thing as too many strikeouts?  Remember when Dwight Gooden tried to pitch to contact more in 1986 in order to lower his pitch count?  One could argue that limited his effectiveness.  One could also argue there were other factors.

In other news, how odd is it that the Mets are 5-2, but have no saves?

Also, a couple of veteran pitchers have found new life with the Mets.  Sidewinder Greg Burke could end up being a weapon out of the Mets bullpen, and well-traveled Scott Rice has shown us the human side of a replacement player.

The Mets are back in Philly tonight for a game featuring the Ben Affleck-approved matchup of Gee/Lee.  Keep checking out Mets today for all the latest.


Link Roundup: Minor League Openers and Monkeys

Sure, the Mets lost yesterday, but I’m still fired up about Matt Harvey.

Triple-A Las Vegas started their season last night, and Zack Wheeler struggled with his command.  Considering how little he pitched in March, this is still his Spring Training, so there’s no need to panic.  C Travis d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 and 2B Wilmer Flores had a 3 for 3 night.

Double-A Binghamton also opened their season, and starting pitcher Rafael Montero looked every bit as polished as people in the Mets organization say he is.  He struck out nearly half of the batters he faced, allowing just a pair of singles, and tossing 75% of his pitches for strikes (63 of 84).

As for the parent club, they have an opportunity to continue their fast start with the retooling Marlins coming to Queens this weekend.  In order to do so, Jeremy Hefner is going to have to prove he belongs in the major league rotation.  This is especially important considering Shaun Marcum seems to come down with a new malady every day.

Loge 13 has an interesting piece on the designs of the “convertible” Shea Stadium.

And finally, here’s Orioles slugger Chris Davis with a monkey.

The Mets begin their weekend series with the Marlins tonight at Citi Field.  Stay tuned to Mets Today for coverage.


Wright: Bourn, Can We Buy You?


The Official Unofficial Captain.

The Official Unofficial Captain.

David Wright joined the Mets push to acquire Michael Bourn on Monday.

While the Mets engage in draft jujitsu with Major League Baseball over their eleventh round draft pick, and play a game of cat and mouse with Scott Boras, Wright contacted Bourn personally to lobby the center fielder to come to Flushing.

Wright talked, and exchanged text messages with, the speedy center fielder in an effort to sell him on the Mets.

“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at Port St. Lucie.

“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.”


Blog Roundup: Dog Days Edition

It’s amazing how one 1-11 stretch can ruin an entire 162-game season.  The Mets had a relatively successful west coast road trip, going 6-5.  But following that 12-game stretch after the All-Star break (which included an 0-6 homestand) playing just a few games over .500 won’t cut it anymore.  At the All-Star break, they were a mere 4.5 games out.  Now, they’re 12.5 games behind the first-place Nationals.  They have also fallen 9 games out of a wildcard berth.  Just like that, a large measure of hope has been drained from the 2012 season.  And unless the Mets can get on a nice, long winning streak, the dog days of August are going to be a tougher slog than usual.

No slogs here, just Blogs:

  • Rising Apple says Josh Edgin is the lone bright spot in the Mets bullpen (I would add: for now)
  • Rich Coutinho wisely recommends that we don’t overanalyze every Matt Harvey start.  He’s a talented pitcher who’s still learning the game.
  • Metstradamus shares a similar sentiment (and reports that NASA has located a home run allowed by Steve Trachsel)
  • Kerel Cooper talks about the worst contracts in Mets history.
  • MMO has a nice interview with prospect Wilmer Flores.
  • Mets Minors has the video of Buffalo manager Wally Backman calling out the opposing manager for stealing signs.  Backman was suspended for his outburst.

Mets Today is still blogging away the moments that make up the dog days (or something), so keep checking us out.


Matt Harvey Tunes Up in Buffalo


Did Harvey pass his audition?

Matt Harvey auditioned for a role in the Mets starting rotation tonight as he took the mound against the Toledo Mud Hens in Buffalo.  Harvey threw 100 pitches in 6 2/3 innings.  He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 4.  One of the runs scored when reliever Justin Hampson allowed an inherited runner to cross the plate on a single.

Sandy Alderson and J.P. Ricciardi were on hand to evaluate Harvey first hand.  Obviously, the Mets’ front office is seriously considering Harvey to replace the injured Dillon Gee in the major league rotation.

Harvey was effectively wild at times, throwing only 58% of his pitches for strikes.  That kind of ball to strike ratio will eventually catch up with him at the major league level.  His command has been improving of late, so one hopes that this is an aberration.

But he pitched well enough tonight to earn a shot at the major league level.  Of course, the experienced eyes of Alderson and Ricciardi will decide, but don’t be surprised if he’s called up soon and on the mound this weekend.

Meanwhile, Jason Bay went 0 for 2 with 2 walks.  Mets manager Terry Collins has indicated that Bay will return to the big club on Tuesday.  Also, Jenrry Mejia pitched 2 innings in relief, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.