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Like Terry, I Checked Out Tonight

Entering tonight, the Mets were 65-84 and out of postseason contention. Terry Collins lineup started with Nori AokiJose ReyesAsdrubal Cabrera

Amed Rosario was scratched from the lineup with an upset stomach. For all we know, it happened when he saw the lineup. 
Even with all that, I still tuned it because Matt Harvey was the starting pitcher. Admittedly, I still believe he has a second act. He just needs to get healthy, get stronger, and figure things out.

Sadly, that wasn’t tonight. Sure, there were signs of improved velocity. He even had some movement on his fastball. His slider was the best we’ve probably seen it all season. 

It didn’t matter because he still hasn’t put it all together. A level of inconsistency remains. Perhaps, it is because he’s still not ready to be on the mound. 

That certainly became apparent when Giancarlo Stanton hit his 55th home run of the year to give the Marlins a 5-1 lead in the fourth. 

Actually, it wasn’t apparent to Collins who didn’t take Harvey out of the game. 

After allowing back-to-back singles to Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Aviles, Collins finally gave Harvey the hook. In four plus innings, Harvey threw 76 pitches. 

A combination of Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles would relieve Harvey in the fifth and throw gasoline all over the place. By the time the fifth inning was done, the Marlins led 12-1. 

Harvey’s final line was four innings, 12 hits, seven runs, seven earned, two walks, and two strikeouts. 

At this point, the Mets had no realistic hope of coming back in a season where the Mets are playing out the string. With the Giants playing a fairly important game against the Lions, I checked out on the Mets. 

Not too dissimilar from Collins who has abdicated his duties as manager by focusing on his dwindling chances to earn wins than to actually develop young players. 

Game Notes: Gavin Cecchini, who replaced Rosario in the starting lineup, knocked in the Mets lone run with a fourth inning RBI single. 

4 thoughts on “Like Terry, I Checked Out Tonight”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I really liked Harvey’s 92 sinker, 89 slider and when he struck out Straley we saw his movement at the top of the strike zone.

    His HR pitch to Stanton went middle to then inside.

    I see enough to say:

    He has the stuff
    He has to put it together
    He has to rely on less of his pitches
    He has to develop confidence as a completely different pitcher
    This 96!is different and not 98
    Yet know throws 98 at 35 unless doing steroids! Very few

    He is like a rookie, agreed, a second act…

    Yet only the scouts know about improving movement and the spin rate.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I still believe Harvey has a second act. However, I incredibly doubt it will happen with the Mets with the way they’re handling him.

  2. Luis says:

    Demoralizing to watch youngsters sit on a bad team..Reyes no longer a SS…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Reyes should’ve be a starter either

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