Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 8/1/12

I'd like to kick things off tonight by thanking Sandy Alderson for not making any deals ... this saved me from writing a seperate post about whatever deal was done today. As I get older, I find I get lazier. So thanks, Sandy.

And thanks to whoever engineered Shane Victorino to the Dodgers. Good f***ing riddance. I hope Los Angeles enjoys your sanctimonious prick act. It should play well there.

All that aside, it was a pretty easy prediction to make in saying that the Mets weren't going to do anything at the deadline. The Mets haven't been buyers since Bobby Parnell blew a save in Atlanta. Sellers? There wasn't much to sell. Everybody talked about Scott Hairston going at the deadline. Yes, I would have liked to have seen Sandy Alderson get something for Hairston, whose value will never be as high as it is now. And let's face it: There's no reason for Hairston to be here if he has immediate and real value somewhere else. But I can't say for sure if there was a large market for him. He could have gone to the Giants and platooned with Gregor Blanco, for example. But Blanco, even as a lefty, actually hits better off lefties than righties. I use that as an example. Hairston's role is so specific that very few teams might have been able to use him. So I can't fault Alderson for coming up empty on that one.

But what can't be denied is that there was a market for Tim Byrdak. Scott Downs went on the DL for Anaheim. The Red Sox traded for Craig Breslow from a team closer to a playoff spot than the Mets. Byrdak could have easily been wheeled, and with Josh Edgin emerging as a lefty option, I would have liked to have seen what the Mets could have gotten for Byrdak. It might not have been much, but with multiple teams needing a lefty, you never know. It's a minor complaint, I know. Especially since there's every chance that Byrdak still might get wheeled before the waiver deadline.

I guess I wish that the Mets could have been more active in those moves that aren't exactly buyer or seller moves, like the one that Cleveland made to get Lars Anderson from the Red Sox. If for no other reason, Anderson would have but a huge scare into Lucas Duda to stop feeling sorry for himself and get his ass in gear.

But I digress. Because for all the inactivity at the deadline this season, just remember:



And his future rotation buddy was at it again on Tuesday, as Matt Harvey expanded on his dazzling debut in Arizona with another strong outing which was better than anything Miguel Batista would have done. Harvey's Waterloo was the second inning, when he got a little too change-up happy. Some say Dan Warthen had something to do with this, others say no (like Matt Harvey himself). But all I know is that if Warthen turns this kid with the 97 mph fastball into Mike Pelfrey, I'll fly to San Francisco and fire him at 3:12 AM eastern time my own damn self.

Harvey did his job getting out of the second with the bases loaded and one out, as he got the grounder to second base for the double play. Except for one small detail: Ruben Tejada threw the ball away ... with the runner not even close to him. Thus, the defense contributes to the Mets' demise once again as two runs scored on the play which were foolishly charged to Harvey's ledger because of the dumb rule that you can't tag somebody with an error because you can't assume a double play. If there was a double play on earth that you can safely assume, it was that one. And Tejada blew it.

Fast forward to the top of the seventh inning where David Wright, who had the night off because he sorely needed it, pinch hit for Harvey with the sacks full against Tim Lincecum. Lincecum, who has been dog meat all season, reverted to form tonight against the Mets, and Billy Wagner thinks that's a big f*cking shocker. But against Wright, he gave him at least two meatballs which were cooked and ready to be jacked towards the big giant mitt in left center. Wright fouled them off. Then he struck out on what Adam Rubin called a "Wainwright curveball". First off, dude ... too soon. And second, it certainly was the best curveball Lincecum threw all year. Of course. Ballgame.

At least as the team descends into the abyss for 2012, they'll do so with the knowledge that as long as Dan Warthen doesn't turn him into Jamie Moyer, Matt Harvey gives the Mets a little something to look forward to for 2013, provided the Mayans allow 2013 to happen.

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