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Matt Harvey Has Partially Torn UCL

Because being a Mets fan isn’t infuriating enough, the team announced today that Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm. His injury will be evaluated over the next couple of weeks to see if surgery is necessary. It really depends on how partial the tear is.

Harvey has swelling, but he had not been experiencing pain in the elbow prior to his last start, Alderson explained. He has been getting preventative treatment for his elbow since Spring Training, as well as recent treatment for his forearm. However, there was no indication of tenderness in the elbow until after his last start.

“There is plenty of time for us to see how he responds in the near term, but there will always be the open question of how long that ligament will hold up,” Sandy Alderson said. “This is not a career-ending injury under any stretch of the imagination. We’re fortunate we have a lot of pitching depth in our organization.”

There has to be a way to keep young pitchers healthy. 25 year-old Steven Strasburg, for example, has already had Tommy John surgery, recovered, and is now back to pitching full time.

It’s not just a matter of curmudgeonly lamenting, “Back in my day, pitchers used throw 30 complete games a year,” but rather that it seems that more and more pitchers can’t even finish a full season.

I’m sure Joe, as a coach and former player, will have a more informed opinion on this, but shouldn’t pitchers be A) taught better mechanics at every level (High School, College, Minors) B) stretched out at every level in preparation for (eventually) a full season in the major leagues?

As for the way the Mets handled Harvey, I can think of two or three occasions where I felt Terry Collins let him throw too many pitches (over 110, which is high by today’s standards). Otherwise, they’ve been trying to give him extra rest, and have made it clear that he was on an innings limit of about 210 for the season, which would have been about 40 more than he pitched last year. Most major league teams use similar guidelines for their young pitchers.

Harvey threw 170 innings between Triple-A and the majors last year, and 178 this year. A 24 year-old should be able to handle that kind of workload. I’m not blaming Harvey – not at all – I blame the culture in baseball that seems to leave young pitchers unprepared for the major leagues.

This is yet another frustrating development for a team, and a fan base, that can’t seem to catch a break. However, like every sports franchise, the Mets must adapt to their new Harveyless world (for however long that will be the case), and have a backup plan that doesn’t include him for the better part of 2014.

Since I’m always looking for a silver lining (lest I go crazy), this could mean the Mets come out of Spring Training 2014 with a rotation of Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard joining Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee, which isn’t half bad. That is, if they stay healthy. Remember, Niese is pitching with a partially torn labrum, and who knows who the next victim of arm trauma will be.

On a day like this, even the silver linings look gray.

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The Annual Tease

Mejia started over again in Washington.

Mejia started over again in Washington.

Yesterday’s double header split was a small, concentrated example of how the Mets have teased us over the last few years.

They blew out the Washington Nationals, a preseason favorite to win the NL East, 11-0, in what was nearly a perfectly played game, then lost the nightcap 2-1 in typically frustrating fashion.

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Link Roundup: More Harvey

Sure, the Mets lost last night, but let’s keep talking about Matt Harvey!  He’s a shining beacon of superstardom who lights up a murky sea of mediocrity.  Yes, when Harvey pitches, he not only stifles the opposition, but he seems to make the Mets a better team.

Fangraphs wins the award for best use of animated GIFs for baseball analysis.  Look at how remarkably similar Harvey’s pitches are until about halfway to the plate.  His curve has a little loop to it, but his fastball, slider, and changeup look the same until they dart off like a Blue Angel breaking formation.  When Harvey has the kind of command of his pitches he did on Tuesday night, he’s unhittable.  It’s that simple.

With Zack Wheeler seemingly righting his personal ship at Triple-A Las Vegas, it’s only a matter of time (and money) until the young right-hander is recalled to the big club.  Along with Harvey, 2013 could turn into the Summer of Aces.  Ron Darling talked to Mets Merized Online about the difference between the two young pitchers.

Here are a couple of Mets Twitter recaps from this week, including Harvey’s near-perfect game.  I’ve needed to take some time off from reading Mets Twitter during ballgames for the sake of my sanity, but fortunately, there are still some funny, smart people who partake. (@MetsToday and @PaulJFesta, btw)

Last night, Justin Turner played in the outfield for the first time in the majors.  Not to take anything away from Turner, who’s hitting .372/.391/.442 in 47 plate appearances, but that pretty much sums up the state of the Mets outfield.

By the way, has anyone noticed how hot Carlos Gomez is these days?  The hitter with the lifetime .697 OPS has a 1.106 mark this year.  Something clicked for the previously light-hitting outfielder.  It’s a shame that these days, as I write something like this, I have to push back the voices in my head that wonder if that something comes in pill or syringe form.  Hopefully not.

In any event, Mets Today authors never need PEDs.  We run on coffee.

Have a great end of your week and LGM.

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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.

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Link Roundup: All About Harvey

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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.

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Link Roundup: Tempered Optimism

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Spring Training is always the time of year when every team feels they have a chance.  Fans of each team concentrate on their strengths, and say, “hey, maybe this is our year.”  As a Mets fan, I begin to get those thoughts once again, and then think, “Naaah.”  It would probably take a miracle that would make the ’69 Mets look like the surest bet in the history of sports.

OK, maybe that’s hyperbole – but it certainly feels that way.  That’s not to say there aren’t positives to look forward to this year.

Watching the progression of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler is something to genuinely get excited about.  Finding out if Travis d’Arnaud is truly the catcher of the future is worth watching.  And of course, we can always wait for the next nutty statement by Fred Wilpon.

Don’t forget this year’s promotions, which include “Bark in the Park” and something called “Stitch N Pitch.”  There ARE some cool bobbleheads being offered this year, though.

As for their on-field performance, it’s easy to be pessimistic, but with the Yankees aging, maybe they can begin to win back New York with their youth movement, even if they don’t win the division.

If nothing else, we can all rest easy knowing that Jenrry Mejia is who he says he is.  That’s not a surprise – if you were to make up a name, would you choose “Jenrry?”

And baseball is closer than you think.  The Mets will play the Nationals this Saturday, and it will be televised on the MLB Network.  That’s definitely something to look forward to.

 

 

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