Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 5/8/13
Tuesday started with Chris Carlin and Bob Ojeda doing the Mets myriad of pre-game shows (Pre Game Live at 6:30, First Pitch at 6:00, Pre First Pitch at 5:30, Screamin' Ojeda's Cooking Recipes at 5:00, David Wright Finds a Parking Space at 4:30, so on and so forth) live from Citi Field instead of their usual cozy corner of the studio. I'm still not 100% sure why this was, but the prevailing feeling I got was that this was a special "Harvey Day" appearance by the crew. That is, of course, unless they were kicked out of the studio so that Jets Nation could tape their one hour special: "Tim Tebow ... Why?" I have to admit, as much as I love "Harvey Day", the thought of being live from Citi Field before every start at the beginning of the day was a bit much for me. Enough for SNY to count down to every Harvey start with pop-up graphics during every game. But kinda ridiculous to me to give every Harvey start the Opening Day treatment, or the playoff treatment. If that is indeed what it was, it didn't make sense. But after Harvey's performance against the White Sox ... nine innings of one hit ball and a perfect game through six and two thirds, I change my mind. And let's go one step further: Let's put bunting on the walls for every Matt Harvey start. Hell, make every time like the first time. His performances, I have a feeling, will regularly show us things we've never seen before. For example, when was the last time you saw a guy go nine shutout innings, give up one hit, and start the game with a 1-2-3 inning and a bloody nose??? If you were the White Sox, would you want to face this? It was like the scene in the diner where Superman was a regular guy and got the tar beat out of him and he saw his blood for the first time and didn't know what to do. Matt Harvey? Show him his kryptonite and he knows what to do. Bloody his nose and he'll go 1-2-3. End his perfect game with an infield hit? He won't give you another one. Have him pitch for a team with a lineup full of numb nuts who can't hit, he'll strike out 12 batters and go nine scoreless. And yes, this Mets lineup might wind up being the strongest kryptonite he'll face this season. Not that he has to really face them ... because if he faced the Mets lineup every game he'd end the season with an ERA of 0.14 (David Wright would have to run into a couple, no?) But face them as in "face them in the clubhouse and make them look away awkwardly because they can't face YOU!" He got run support from his teammates pretty much all season until the last two starts, when the Mets cost him a win in Miami because Collin Cowgill couldn't track a fly ball, and tonight because they couldn't score against Hector Santiago and, even worse, Matt Lindstrom. Thankfully, despite the Mets' best attempt to turn Harvey's masterpiece into a disgraceful display of ineptitude, the team pulled through in the tenth with an Ike Davis walk (you mean, he didn't swing at everything?) a sac bunt, and a rope to right field by Mike Baxter to beat Robin Ventura, Joe McEwing, Daryl Boston, and whichever other Ex-Mets the White Sox have locked up in the basement ready to unleash at a moment's notice in their return to beautiful downtown Flushing, 1-0. Talking about Harvey's masterpiece without the Mets actually winning the game would be akin to gushing over Endy Chavez's catch, albeit a smaller scale. Thankfully, there were multiple presents underneath the Harvey tree instead of just socks and underwear. The best part though of the entire day was earlier on MLB Network's "MLB NOW" ... you know, the show where they tell Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds to argue about everything. And when they were posed the question "Who would you rather have, Matt Harvey or Madison Bumgarner", they agreed! But they agreed on Bumgarner! Basically, they chose Bumgarner because he's been around longer and has a deeper resume. Fine. Harvey's response: Nine innings, twelve strikeouts, and as many bloody noses as hits given up. Your move, Madison.
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