It dawns on me how the New York Mets can prevent Matt Harvey from leaving for another team when he becomes a free agent. I should have thought of this earlier. They should fire Terry Collins and make Harvey a pitcher-manager.
After after hearing the details from Sunday’s start, and Harvey’s previous track record, it seems obvious he’s calling the shots.
All spring we heard how the Mets were going to protect Harvey this summer, yet there was no definitive plan orchestrated by GM Sandy Alderson and Collins. We were told they were going to play it by ear and limit his innings.
There was no plan because the Mets didn’t want to rock the boat out of fear of upsetting the dear boy.
So, what happens the first time there was a chance to push him back a start for health reasons? Why of course, they did nothing. They let Harvey pitch when he was sick, thereby blowing a chance to preserve his workload.
As Harvey told the story Sunday: “I woke up. I can’t swallow. At that point, not sleeping and coming to the park. I texted one of the trainers and told him I’m coming in and not feeling great. … The last two days not feeling great and today was the worse. Took some antibiotics. Can’t swallow. Felt weak, rundown.”
Harvey continued: “The last thing I want to do is give up the start.”
Of course, Harvey’s competitive nature is to be admired, but once again his judgment must be questioned, especially since he believes he might has strep throat (according to The Daily News).
If this had been lingering as Harvey said, then it leads to several questions:
* Why wasn’t he sent home Friday or Saturday when it was first coming on?
* If Harvey does have strep throat, why expose him to his teammates, so they might not catch it?
* Since Harvey reportedly called at 7:30 Sunday morning, why wasn’t he told to just stay home?
* Collins reportedly said he didn’t have a contingency plan. How can this be if Harvey had been ailing? Why wasn’t somebody on call from Class AA Binghamton, which isn’t that far away?
* Carlos Torres has been used in a pinch before. Why not this time?
* OK, Harvey wants to pitch, I understand that, but isn’t there anybody in authority with the stones to just say NO to the guy?
* Yes, Harvey got to pitch, but why let him work past the fifth inning, especially since he had a 7-1 lead?
Collins said: “When he called at 7:30 [Sunday], there was a chance he wasn’t going to start. When he got here he said, `Listen, I don’t feel very good, I’m going to pitch and go as far as I can.’ ”
That’s Collins quoting Harvey. One final question, why didn’t Collins act like a manager and tell him to go home?