State of the Citi: Part III

harvey head down

By Lisa R. Neilson

Bye-bye, Byrd.

Bye-bye, Buck.

And bye-bye to a second place finish this season for the New York Mets. True, Mets fans were being pretty hopeful about pulling off a runner-up spot in the NL East by the end of September, but for a few fleeting moments it seemed like a remote possibility. When the news of Matt Harvey’s injury, however, hit the airwaves on Monday, fans experienced that familiar sinking feeling that leaves little reason to believe.

We are still waiting to hear if Harvey will need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Apparently, the “real deal” we have watched all season may have tried to throw too many pitches while experiencing forearm pain. Now, Harvey may miss the entire 2014 season if the surgery is a go.

It’s true that Harvey’s chances of a full recovery are excellent. He was close to being shut down this season any way. But I’d be lying if I said that I’m not disappointed. Harvey has been a bright spot on this franchise and has lured even non-Mets fans to tune in every fifth day. He’s thrown what could be the most dominant near-perfect game in MLB history against the Chicago White Sox in May. He outpitched Stephen Strasburg in April’s matchup between the two young aces. He has been the main attraction pivotal to a franchise that has desperately needed one.

Harvey for president

And now we wonder if Matt Harvey’s name will fall into the crevices with John Maine’s and Mike Pelfry’s, pitchers who certainly didn’t have the talent Harvey has but who were once part of a plan to make something happen on this team. No plan is perfect, we know; but this one was close.

Mets fans should stay positive, right? We still have Juan Lagares’ glove, solid starters Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud behind the plate, and more talent waiting in the shadows (Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero). The 2015 season is starting to shape up—if we can make it until then!



Posted on August 30, 2013, in 2017, Mets and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I think the Mets and their fans have certainly gotten a raw deal deal Lisa. Losing Harvey was a killer to the promise for next year, but they have talent that is developing.

    • You’re right, Paul. The younger pitchers the Mets have in their system appear to be very good. The question is will the organization be able to manage these guys properly down the road and produce a winning team–they just seem to be inept at that! Thanks for your comments, I always enjoy them.

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