Found July 08, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Matt Harvey
TEAMS: New York Mets
Sometimes it’s easy to spot a seller. The Cubs clearly want to escape from a few bad contracts, the White Sox stink, and the Marlins are in a total rebuild mode. But what about the New York Mets? They’re tied with the Minnesota Twins for the sixth worst record in baseball, and heading towards an impressive fifth straight losing season. ESPN gives the Mets a 2.5 percent chance of making the Playoffs. Yikes, shrikes. Despite all the damning evidence, the Mets need to be buyers. GM Sandy Alderson first said 2013 was the goal. Then earlier this year he backtracked and told fans he expects to be competitive in 2014. They have some pieces, and despite their record, they aren’t THAT far away from a wild card spot. Matt Harvey (Photo credit: Adam Hunger/Reuters) It starts with David Wright. Bless his loyal heart. What would the Mets be him? Unwatchable. He’s half way through another great season, and his batting average, OBP, walk rate, strikeout rate and BABIP are all nearly identical to last year’s. Thanks to his uptick in stolen bases and power, Wright’s 155 wRC+ (which measures how many runs a player is worth to his team compared to league average) is good for second in the National League. This is it. He’s 30-years-old, and entering the back half of a fringe Hall of Fame career; the Mets can’t afford to waste the rest of Wright’s prime the way they wasted his late-20′s. The team finally has money coming off the books, and just in time too, because there are too many dead outs and quadruple-A players in the lineup. They have the pitchers, it’s time to reinvest in some new bats. After Wright, the Mets’ future is about their power arms. Alderson and Co. made the bed, now we’re all sleeping in it. Omar Minaya drafted Matt Harvey, but this front office developed him. It turned Carlos Beltran into Zack Wheeler, and scouts rave about Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Lesser names like Leathersich, DeGrom, Fulmer and Tapia are making frequent appearances on analysts’ sleeper prospect rankings everywhere. This offeseason, the front office will likely add one or two veteran leaders for the rotation and bullpen, but most of the pieces are already in place. If they doesn’t reach any innings limits, Montero and Leathersich appear good candidates to see late-season action in Flushing. The rotation will be ready soon. The lineup is only two or three solid, consistent bats away from respectability. Now is the time to buy. Sandy’s employment status can’t afford to wait another season. His contract is up after the 2014 season, and his approval rating is dangerously low. Right now, fans are angry and tired of losing, but another 75-win season could lead to something much worse: apathy. Once fans stop caring, it can take years to bring them back to the stadium. It’s time to turn rebuilding into winning, and prove to a dejected fan base that all the losing was worth the wait.

Harvey’s Diminished Effectiveness After 100 Pitches Thrown

As I mentioned in my previous post, Matt Harvey threw a season-high 121 pitches last night for the second time this season. Here’s some interesting data from ESPN on Harvey’s diminished effectiveness when he surpasses 100 pitches. There’s a clear case to be made to be wary of using Harvey after 100 pitches anyway: According to ESPN alumnus Steve Glasser, tonight marked the...

The All-Star Game and Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey starting the all-star game on Tuesday at Citi-Field would be a dream come true for him, the organization, and Mets’ fans. Except, I have a HUGE problem with what the Mets are doing to make sure that happens. I know, I have no idea what the Mets are actually planning doing with his start and I understand a lot of it is hearsay, but from what I am gathering, the Mets...

Rather than throwing against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey should rest with Anne V

Battling a stubborn blister on his right index finger, New York Mets manager Terry Collins may shelve Matt Harvey on Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I didn’t throw a bullpen at all this week,” said Harvey, 24, who would likely use the day of rest to penetrate Anne V. “I’m not going to make that an excuse for anything, but there’s definitely some adjustments...

Terry Collins and the flip-flop on Matt Harvey’s health

Anyone who was paying attention while Bush the first was in office remembers how six words came back to haunt him. During the campaign he famously said, “Read my lips: No new taxes!” And of course he raised taxes and ultimately became a one-term president. This is just one of many cases of a politician doing what we call a flip-flop. Meanwhile, prior to Monday night’s game...

Terry Collins’ Obligation With Matt Harvey Is To Mets, Not National League All-Star Team

His marketing dilemma is understood, but New York Mets manager Terry Collins would be making a mistake if he were to juggle Matt Harvey’s spot in the rotation, or even cut it short, just so his young ace can start Tuesday’s All-Star Game. As of now Harvey’s next start would be Saturday in Pittsburgh, which would leave him enough rest to throw two innings Tuesday.        ...


Matt Harvey is among the professional athletes who will appear in ESPN The Magazine’s upcoming “The Body” issue. But before he bares all, the New York Mets pitcher showed off his style sense in a shoot for the New York Post. Harvey, who revealed that he loves high-end fashion, modeled a range of lux designs from a Gucci tuxedo, Michael Bastian evening jacket and Marc Jacobs...

Mets Native American Heritage Day will not Include Native Americans

The Mets, who would rather have Matt Harvey pitch 2 innings of no hit All Star ball than win either of his next 2 real starts, are stupid. When the Mets approached the American Indian Community... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

Happy Monday Harvey Day! The Mets travel to San Francisco tonight to take on the Giants (I guess that’s not really surprising. A surprise would be the Mets travel to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors, which I’d also pay to see). Anyway starting for the Mets today is new anointed All-Star Matt Harvey who is looking to rebound from his worst start in his career...

Mets-Giants Preview

The New York Mets' Matt Harvey is hoping to start the All-Star game in front of his home crowd at Citi Field next week. Delivering a strong showing in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy would surely help his chances. Harvey has an opportunity to impress Bochy and add to the San Francisco Giants' recent woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game series. In his first full...

Kershaw: Harvey should start ASG

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who leads the majors with a 1.89 ERA, endorses the idea of Mets righty Matt Harvey starting the All-Star Game at Citi Field. "He should," Kershaw told "There's no reason, especially if it's in New York, that he shouldn't start. That's what the fans will want. I've got no problem with that."...

Wright and Harvey Selected To All-Star Game, Full Rosters

THAT’S WRIGHT!!! Give yourselves a pat on the back Met fans, David Wright and Matt Harvey have been elected to start the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th! In a late surge of votes for Wright, the Mets captain managed to beat out the “Kung Who? Panda” by a whopping two million votes according to MLB PR via Twitter. Pablo Sandoval was not chosen by NL and Giants’...

Boomer Esiason, "Jesus Matt Harvey is Getting Bad Advice."

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, veteran of all of 28 games, is this close has become an insufferable douchejuice. First, Harvey's nude photos for ESPN The Magazine were revealed -- then this morning... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Mets vs Giants: Satin Back To Bench As Harvey Set To Oppose Lincecum

Mets (37-48) vs Giants (40-47) Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.27) vs Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66) Starting Lineup Eric Young, Jr. – LF Daniel Murphy – 2B David Wright – 3B Ike Davis – 1B Marlon Byrd – RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF John Buck – C Omar Quintanilla – SS Matt Harvey – RHP Game Notes Josh Satin went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles after a two-day absence from the lineup...
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