The Mets were given a gift yesterday by Jayson Werth. Scott Rice looked like he was about to blow it, but amazingly enough Werth decided to swing at the 3-0 offering. The following 6-4-3 double play got Rice two outs he needed badly. I will give the 14 year minor leaguer some credit though because he struck out phenom Bryce Harper to end the 8th inning. Anything but smooth sailing, but hey the man did his job.
Yesterday’s 2-0 win over the Nats was refreshing. I had almost forgotten that pitchers not named Harvey or Niese could win ball games for the Mets. Dillon Gee looked pretty good through 5 2/3’s innings, and compared to his previous two starts he looked downright fantastic. I wrote a post back in February about my expectations for Gee coming into the 2013 season, and I stand by what I wrote. Dillon Gee is never going to be your staff ace, but do I think he can contribute as a third or fourth starter? Absolutely. Let’s not forget that Gee didn’t pitch at all in the second half of 2012. I think by the end of 2013 most Met fans will be satisfied with Gee.
No offense meant to Mr. Aaron Laffey, but man am I happy to hear he won’t be making another start. Shaun Marcum threw five innings today in Port St. Lucie, and will apparently be ready to go on Saturday. This is great news, and hopefully he doesn’t experience any setbacks. I feel like you can never be to sure with somebody as injury prone as Marcum is, so I guess we’ll see how he continues to progress this week.
I’m not sure if I can say enough about the start that Matt Harvey has put together this season. 4-0 with 32 strikeouts in 29 innings, and a 0.93 ERA. We are watching the beginning of something truly special here. Joel Sherman of the NY Post recently compared Harvey to the pieces of Jeter, Rivera, and Pettitte. Now if Travis d’Arnaud could just stop getting injured, and Zack Wheeler could find the plate. I’m slightly concerned about d’Arnaud’s ability to become the backstop of the future for the Mets because he can’t seem to stay on the field. At least we have a scorching hot John Buck for now.
Last week was a strange one with snow-outs happening in both Minnesota and Colordao. Both were discouraging stops on a road trip that just needed to end. I found the weekend series with the Nationals to be more pleasant. Let’s hope that feeling sticks around for the upcoming series with the Dodgers.