That little storm passed quickly, didn’t it? Now it’s back to what Matt Harvey does well.
Well, that was an awkward couple of days, wasn’t it? If nothing else, it gave the columnists a chance to climb up on their soap boxes and preach about the way things ought to be. If outrage was a marketable commodity, we’d be driving big cars and wearing silk boxers.
And then Matt Harvey took it all back.
We may never know what happened to prompt that essay saying he definitely would be available for the postseason. For two days prior, indications had been otherwise.
Now it’s the Mets who are saying that the rest of Harvey’s season will be determined on a start-by-start basis depending on how he’s feeling, his workload, etc.
In other words, we’re right back where we started before agent Scott Boras all but accused the Mets of not caring about his client’s health.
This couldn’t be more ridiculous. The Mets have been cautious with Harvey. He’s not in the top 50 in pitches thrown. He’s not in the top 20 in innings. In his last four starts, he has averaged 98 pitches.
If this is what a club looking to abuse a pitcher looks like, what does that make all those college baseball coaches? Anyway, it made for good copy and ignited talk radio’s Nitwit Nation.
This storm comes at a time when the Nationals have gotten back to within four games of the Mets in the NL East as the two teams open a three-game series in Washington.
The Nationals have won five in a row and are feeling confident, feeling they finally may be the team a lot of us thought they’d be. This series essentially starts the postseason for both teams.
Let’s say Harvey goes out on Tuesday and pitches seven shutout innings and the Mets win. At that point, all will be forgiven.
Mets fans are ticked off because they see him as having threatened to bail on his team. Never mind that it’s perfectly logical to consider his health and his workload in the Tommy John recovery year.
He seems to have had a change of heart after the negative reaction, but words don’t matter. In the end, it’s going to come down to how well Harvey pitches.
Here’s hoping that he’s not going to let the sting of this thing get to him. The Mets are counting on him to be honest about whatever aches and pains he’s feeling. Otherwise, there’s sense monitoring his workload.
He has used this season to re-establish himself as a generational pitcher. He can leave a great rotation for a long time and position the Mets as a contending franchise.
First, though, there’s this series. Think small, fellas. Every game matters. And all Matt has to do is what he has always done better than almost anyone.