Mets suspend Matt Harvey for 3 days

On Sunday, the Mets announced Matt Harvey would not be making his scheduled start against the Marlins after being held a three game suspension that started on Saturday. Just the latest debacle for this franchise. Instead the Mets had to call up Adam Wilk for a spot start, who arrived into LaGaurdia at 7 A.M. for a 1:10 P.M. start. Wilk got crushed by the Marlins and in 3 ²/₃ innings, allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits.

Harvey did not show up to Citi Field on Saturday for the game against the Marlins. It has since been found out that he was out partying in the city until 4 A.M. Saturday morning. The Mets were so concerned with him not showing up, the team sent security to his home to make sure everything was okay. This is not the first time he has not shown up to a game either.

Harvey and Met fans have had a turbulent relationship. It started two seasons ago, when during the heat of a playoff hunt, Harvey’s agent said he would stop pitching due to an innings limit. However, Harvey ignored the limit after backlash, and had a near heroic World Series performance, and if the Mets won that game, he would have been loved forever. Since then, he had a terrible 2016 season that saw him miss the second half of the year due to surgery, and a subpar start to 2017 coupled with this fiasco. Many Met fans are sick of his antics now that he is not performing. They could deal with it when he was pitching like a Cy Young candidate.

Manager Terry collins said Harvey will have to address his teammates on Tuesday when he returns to the clubhouse. Jose Reyes said, “You’re an employee, you have to understand you need to show up for your work. That’s the rules that the team has since spring training. As a grown man, you’ve got a job to do. You have to understand: If you don’t show up, you’re going to pay the consequence.” Not all players spoke about the situation, but you can’t help but wonder if this is how they all feel.

When asked if the Mets players still even respect Harvey, Terry Collins said, “I can’t answer that, I don’t know.”

 

Links:

http://nypost.com/2017/05/07/jose-reyes-slams-matt-harvey-he-knows-the-rules/

http://nypost.com/2017/05/07/mets-put-adam-wilk-through-hell-even-before-he-got-pounded/

http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2017/05/mets_terry_collins_matt_harvey_needs_to_apologize.html

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Update: Noah Syndergaard shut down for 8 weeks

The Mets announced earlier last week that Noah Syndergaard will not pick up a baseball for at least six weeks. This means that he will not pitch again for the Mets before the All-Star break in mid-July.

Syndergaard flew to California for a second opinion and received a “positive” opinion from a specialist. It was originally believed he could miss up to three months. However, the Mets are still going to be without their best pitcher for well over two months.

All-Star voting released…Michael Conforto missing from ballot

The MLB released the ballots for the All-Star game in July in Miami. One name that was left off that left many Met fans shocked was outfielder Michael Conforto. Conforto has arguably been the best, and only good, player for the Mets so far this season. The 24 year-old is batting .257 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI.

Among National League outfielders with at least 70 at-bats, he is one of the top ranked players. His batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage are second only to Bryce Harper.

Fans will still be able to write in Conforto’s name on the ballot. However, it comes as a slap in the face that he was left off. He will also likely miss out on many potential votes because voters that do not get to watch the Mets that often will not see his stats compared to other players on the ballot.

Links:

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2017/5/2/15508974/mets-all-star-ballot-conforto-bruce-cespedes-duda-darnaud

 

Can it get any worse? Syndergaard has torn lat

Noah Syndergaard left the game against the Nationals in the second inning after throwing a pinch and doubling over pain. He had just skipped a couple of starts due to bicep tendinitis, and it was clear he was not ready to pitch and rushed back too quick, as he gave up five runs in the first inning. Syndergaard refused an MRI before pitching on Sunday, a move that is now being heavily criticized.

Again, the incompetence of the Mets to mishandle injuries is mind-numbing. This is arguably the most important player on the team, a Cy Young contender, who is now going to be out, at the very least, 8 weeks (although there is no official timetable).

So now, the Mets are without their two most important players on the entire team. Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard because they rushed back from injuries when they were not ready and will now be out an extended period of time. This team is not good enough to lose their best pitcher and best hitter and be considered a contender to win the division. With Steven Matz STILL not back from injury, a Mets rotation that was considered to be the best in baseball, is now struggling to put respectable pitchers on the mound.

Links:

https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/04/30/noah-syndergaard-injury-new-york-mets