If Wheeler turns into an equivalent mound presence as Harvey this year, all well and good. He might even become the second part of a 1-1A entry. But there’s no need to pressure Wheeler into becoming a savior. The Mets already have one.
Barring a miraculous turnaround, Collins will be gone at the end of the 2013 season. If the Wilpons had any heart at all, they’d put this good man out of his misery.
Mets allow four runs in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run to Miguel Olivo as the Marlins sweep the Mets for the second straight weekend series.
“If not for the minor setback with the shoulder, he might already be here,” a team official told the New York Post. “We are at the point where you can say it’s probably two or three more starts (for Las Vegas).”
Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBIs against Adam Wainwright, and the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
In his past two starts, Mets starter Jon Niese has seen his ERA balloon from 3.31 to 5.93.
Jon Niese gave up seven earned runs in four innings pitched as the Braves blasted the Mets on Sunday.
Jon Garland pitched seven solid innings in bitter cold, Troy Tulowitzki homered and hit a go-ahead single and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets, 11-3, on Thursday.
For the Mets, it’s been Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and pray for rain — or snow. Or perhaps Zack Wheeler?
The back end of New York’s rotation has been predictably abysmal. Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey — the current No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 starters — have a combined 6.23 ERA in 23 2/3 innings pitched.
Not to put any undue pressure on Matt Harvey, but a well-thrown game against the Padres today would look awfully nice for the top of that Mets rotation.
The hard realities of age, injuries, and talent levels can wait. Today, just knowing that baseball season has begun should suffice. In other words, don’t worry. Be happy.
New York’s Opening Day winning percentage is a major league best .647 (33-18).
The Mets made the first of what might be several minor moves to free up 40-man roster space by trading righty reliever Elvin Ramirez to the Angels for cash on Wednesday night.
They’ll just have to wait for Santana and hope that the brilliant future that awaits Harvey is now. Santana won’t pitch in a game until he can throw a ball 180 feet. So far, he’s only halfway there.