Matt Harvey And The Promise Of Brighter Days Ahead

An article by posted on September 20, 2012

Wins and losses mean absolutely nothing to me right now, as they are a footnote to what has become the worst finish to a Mets season in recent memory.

Last night, after Harvey struck out Carlos Ruiz to end the seventh, it was the exclamation point to what was the first little sampling of what should be a very promising career for this young and talented righthander.

There haven’t been many highlights to this 2012 season, but if I had to pick the 3-4 best ones they would be:

  1. Johan Santana’s No-Hitter.
  2. The emergence of Ruben Tejada.
  3. R.A. Dickey’s quest for a Cy Young Award.
  4. Matt Harvey’s Major League Debut.

None of them were the doing of this front office and each of them had their origins with the previous regime, the one everyone loves to hate.

But getting back to Matt Harvey, we have seen a tiny part of a future that could be bright depending on what moves this front office does in the next few months.

We’ve seen the makings of solid rotation between Harvey, Dickey and Niese. They have all proven they belong and are part of the solution. The same could even be said of Dillon Gee who was on a roll that included 11 of 12 quality starts before he was shut down because of a blood clot in his right arm and surgery to correct it. Serving as the team’s number five pitcher, there were none better in the league and he was building a solid case for advancing to the number four slot.

I thought Harvey’s goose was cooked when he surrendered that leadoff homer to Jimmy Rollins in the first. Instead he became the first pitcher in franchise history to surrender a leadoff homer as his only hit in an outing of seven-plus innings which is incredible to say the least.

What a way to end his season…

The way his velocity increased as the game wore on was Seaver-esque. He has been just as impressive as The Franchise or any other Mets rookie in his first ten big league starts. What an exciting part of this team’s future Matt Harvey has shown himself to be…

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