Jul 17

Mets Choose Batista Over Harvey

Citing Matt Harvey’s need for development – and echoing some of the sentiment posted here today – GM Sandy Alderson said Miguel Batista will start Saturday against Los Angeles.

However, Alderson left open the possibility of Harvey starting on the Mets’ next West Coast  trip. Alderson also said Zach Wheeler would not pitch on the major league level this year, but would soon be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Good decision by the Mets. Harvey showed something last night, both ways. He showed poise and a good fastball, but he also displayed a wild streak.

Remember, this season is about laying the foundation for the future. Anything the Mets give us this season as far as competing is a bonus.

 

Jul 17

Mets July 17 Lineup At Washington

The Mets, losers of four straight and seven of ten, will attempt to slam the breaks on their skid tonight at Washington behind Jon Niese.

Here’s the lineup:

Ruben Tejada, SS

Ronny Cedeno, 2B

David Wright, 3B

Scott Hairston, RF

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

Andres Torres, CF

Mike Nickeas, C

Jon Niese, LF

LINEUP NOTES: Daniel Murphy has the night off against the left-hander. … Jason Bay returns from the DL. … Mike Nickeas giving Josh Thole a breather.

 

 

Jul 17

Dillon Gee Optimistic About Return

Dillon Gee was released from the hospital yesterday and is encouraged about his return to the rotation. Maybe all this talk about Matt Harvey hastened the recovery process.

Gee said the blood clot in his shoulder was an aberration and is hopeful about returning at the end of the year. The Mets won’t rush him, but any news about Gee’s health prior to the offseason would be beneficial.

“I’m as healthy as any other kid, 26 year old athlete,” Gee said in a conference call. “It’s just a freak thing in that regard.”

Gee is relieved, but his emotions ran high during the past week. Worst-case scenarios preyed upon his mind.

“I think everything just kind of flashes through your mind at that moment,” Gee said. “It went from am I going to be all right, to am I ever going to pitch again… so many emotions.

“Right now I feel good. My arm feels good. All the symptoms are gone. That’s the positive. It’s been a long week for me… Once we found out everything was going to be okay my thoughts went from very scared to very disappointed.”

 

Jul 17

Matt Harvey Effectively Wild In Audition

A no-hitter would have been too much to ask for, but Matt Harvey took one into the sixth. Harvey walked four, hit a batter and gave up three hits, but pitched with poise as he passed his audition Monday night in Buffalo.

HARVEY: Kept his head (Mets)

Expect him to pitch this weekend against the Dodgers. Does he believe he’s ready?

“I do,” he told reporters. “Today I obviously wasn’t happy with as many walks. I feel like my last couple of starts have been pretty good. And I’m feeling confident with all of my pitches.”

Of course, what else is he going to say?

As I watched, I didn’t care too much about the walks – he’ll have to do better Saturday – but instead paid attention to how he kept his composure in pitching out of trouble. He did an admirable job.

The Mets made no announcement after the game, but I’d bet on seeing him at Citi Field this weekend.

Jul 16

Mets Need This Day Off

Players do all kinds of things on a day off in a city. Some work out, others shop. Some take in movies or simply sleep in another strange hotel room.

Whatever the Mets’ players do, hopefully they won’t dwell on what was the disaster in Atlanta. Every aspect of their game went south, from the starters to the bullpen, to the defense to the clutch hitting.

If it wasn’t the worst series of the season, it was close.

At one time the Mets were eight games over .500 and enjoying lofty thoughts of contention. This morning, they are three over, losers of four straight and seven of their last ten. They have six games against first-place Washington within the next two weeks. Yes, it is conceivable the Mets could lose all six and still make the playoffs.

Anything is possible, I suppose.

Despite numerous injuries and deficiencies, the Mets have played over their heads this season. However, things are starting to catch up to them. The last month hasn’t been kind to Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey. David Wright’s average is diving while his strikeouts are steadily increasing.

In many aspects, the Mets are playing to the expectations many have had of them.

General manager Sandy Alderson said ownership has the resources to add at the trade deadline, but he was talking salary. He’s not inclined to dip into the farm system to deal for that salary.

Help could be on the way in the persons of Matt Harvey and Jason Bay. Harvey will pitch tonight at Triple-A Buffalo; Bay could be activated from the disabled list tomorrow. Neither are considered locks that will spark this struggling team.

The Mets overachieved by playing alert, aggressive baseball and with strong starting pitching. Whatever they accomplish this season – one many had written off – it must be by playing that way again, and with the talent they have on hand.

The Mets must be their own calvary.

On second thought, whatever the Mets’ players do today, thinking long and hard of how they played this weekend and before the break might be the best thing they could do.