From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
NEW YORK METS - If The Team Has Asked So Much From Matt Harvey This Early, There's Nothing Wrong With Fans Wanting A Big Game Out Of Dillon Gee, Right Now.
Flawed thinking is exactly what this team needs. But I digress.
This season, much of the Mets misfortunes have been overshadowed by the feats and exploits of Matt Harvey. Nonetheless, the team found itself flirting with .500 baseball again. Facing mediocrity occurred much more sooner than last year, as April 2012 represented some of their brighter times.
So far in this young season, Harvey has been asked to stop losing streaks, and overcome Washington's own phenom, Stephen Strasburg, in a head to head match up. Wednesday night, Matt Harvey was being asked to stave off futility. With a loss against the visiting Dodgers, the Mets would have fallen one game below the .500 mark.
Harvey wasn't dominating, but he pitched well. Except for an early run, he kept the Dodgers scoreless long enough for the Mets to mount something - anything, which they couldn't. So what the the Mets line-up couldn't provide in support of Matt Harvey's effort, Matt Harvey took upon himself. The Mets pitcher clubbed a double off the left field wall, then scored on Ruben Tejada's rbi single to tie game at one apiece.
Matt Harvey was credited with a no decision, and perhaps not in vain. Jordany Valdespin's 10th inning heroics gave the Mets a dramatic win, and the home plate celebration included Harvey as well. He said he sucked, but also had fun, so why pooh-pooh the situation. ...An otherwise great night for Mets fans.
The team indeed staved off the dreaded .500 level, improving to 10-9 on the season. Then came Thursday afternoon's last inning loss. Tough break for Jeremy Hefner who pitched very well, and for Scott Rice who took the loss. The Mets stand at 10-10 now. On Friday, Mets fans want an April hero. Dillon Gee will be on the mound against division foe, the Philadelphia Phillies. There's nothing wrong with wanting him to pitch a big game this early.