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 Mets’ captain made his first appearance in a big league game since sustaining a rib injury during the World Baseball Classic, going 0-for-3 and playing five innings for New York in a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“He’s just kind of in a bit of shock,” Wright said. “I don’t think anyone was expecting this. For everyone, it’s kind of shocking. It’s disheartening.”
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.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
The split squad Mets were defeated by the Tigers 9-4 on Sunday.
Harvey struck out six over 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, on Monday.
The team’s top pitching prospect will have to wait to get his first taste of the big leagues.
Matt Harvey stepped to the mound to restore some sanity to the proceedings on Thursday, giving a glimpse of just what might be in store for Mets fans this season and in the seasons that lie ahead.
The Mets’ right-hander was nearly perfect while tossing 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Harvey’s only baserunner reached on an error. He struck out five batters and threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes.
Harvey gave up a leadoff homerun to Marlins prospect Christian Yelich before settling down to strike out four in 2 2-3 innings, and the New York Mets and Miami tied 8-8 on Saturday.
Day 1 at Port St. Lucie kicked off with second baseman Daniel Murphy. General manager Sandy Alderson and starting pitcher Matt Harvey followed. Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Terry Collins and Travis d’Arnaud were present as well.
Welcome to a promising, yet uncomfortable, era of Mets baseball. While the manager has been a good soldier thus far during a rebuilding effort, it’s fair to ask how far that loyalty extends.
Harvey pitched his initial two innings of the spring against the Astros, concentrating on keeping his fastball down in the zone, and he thought d’Arnaud did an excellent job of helping him get strikes.
Matt Harvey worked two innings in his spring debut for New York, giving up two hits including a home run to former Mets outfielder Fernando Martinez, and the Houston Astros scored late in a 7-7 tie Sunday.
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