From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
NEW YORK METS: This One Hurts A Little More Than Usual. Time Bandit, Say It Aint So.
Time Bandit, say it aint so. In a flash, the Dark Knight of Gotham is gone from us. After thirty-six total starts, Flushing is without their modern day hero. It wasn't the division's goons or network of chaos - he was defeated by a torn tendon.
In twenty-six starts this season, Matt Harvey posted a 9-5 record, but suffered twelve no decisions. He had a 2.27 ERA in 178.1 innings, and still leads the league with 191 strikeouts. His WHiP was below one, he allowed the fewest home runs in the circuit, and started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. On every fifth day Matt Harvey became event baseball. A scepter with a knife now awaits him, as there is every possibility we'll be forced to forget about him until the 2015 season.
As a Mets fan, what can I say? Are we snake bit? Cursed? Unlucky? Or something other? There are still a few teams worse off than us. What I do know, is that there was a new kind adversity delivered to Citi Field's door step yesterday - their franchise player is down.
Obviously, a torn tendon was not part of the plan. We're trying to assemble talent, not continue watching them fall by the wayside. But this one hurts just a little more than usual. Harvey had become so much in so little time - hence, The Time Bandit.
The Mets have a veritable stable of starting pitchers not at their disposal. A potential five-man rotation featuring Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Jeremy Hefner should make any manager giddy - a manager of a rehabilitation center that is. And lest we forget Dillon Gee is an experienced surgery patient, and Jonothan Niese is still fresh off his issues. It seems as if no one is safe.