At the expense of beating a dead pitcher, Marc Cariq at Newsday wrote a nice story on Matt Harvey –
There was a time when Collins would have had to pry the baseball from Harvey’s hand. There was a time when Harvey would have sprinted from the dugout to the pitcher’s mound. There was a time when the fans here mocked Stephen Strasburg with chants of “HAR-VEY’S BETTER!”
But Thursday night, with the Mets down eight runs with two outs in the third, there was only the flood of thousands of boos and one shattered myth. Even the enemy recoiled at how it has all turned. “I feel sorry for him,” said the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, who collected his first hit off Harvey after 21 unsuccessful tries.
Mack – We have to keep talking about Harvey because he’s such an important piece of the puzzle of this team. Cariq points out in the story that Harvey keeps saying there is nothing wrong with him, so Terry Collins seems reluctant to invent some phantom injury that could put him on the 7-day DL for a while.
Other writers on Twitter the other night kept saying that they could identify the fact that Harvey wasn’t extending properly in his delivery. Wouldn’t you think the Mets pitching coaches could identify that if it was true?
The one thing I do believe is there is no one on this team that is more proud than Harvey and if he thinks he’s embarrassing himself out there on the mound, he’ll be the first one to point it out to his coaches.
Mark Healey @MHealeySports - I think it's time for Matt Harvey to spend a few weeks with Frank Viola; get his mind / body right. Warthen obviously not reaching him.
- SP Thomas McIlraith transferred from Columbia Fireflies to the Disabled List.
- C Tyler Moore transferred from Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones to Columbia's active roster.
LHP Andrew Barbosa placed on the Binghamton Disabled List
C Raywilly Gomez activated from the Binghamton Disabled List
From Rant Sports -
Bartolo Colon has been married to his wife Rosanna for 21 years and the couple have four children — Bartolo Jr., Emilio, Wilder and Randy. The couple are both from the Dominican Republic and got their United States citizenship together back in 2014 at a ceremony. They’ve provided scholarships, holiday meals, a baseball diamond, a chapel and a training facility for young baseball players in their home country.
From the outside looking in, it seemed the Colons were a happy family, but a story recently from the New York Post revealed a whole other side to the pitcher.
According to the newspaper, Colon is the father to two other kids with another woman named Alexandra Santos. The 38-year-old has taken Colon to court for allegedly being a deadbeat dad and not paying child support for his 8-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter. The lawsuit was filed in 2015, but the court allowed the two sides to be listed as anonymous in court proceedings. Colon blew his cover when he represented himself for a short time.
Mack – Shouldn’t we be bothered about this?
P Dub had the Panic City spin on the situation –
It’s still early in the season, but once again, the ghosts of seasons past seem to be stirring to life. This is a different Mets team than they had in 2006, when they were clearly the best team in the National League; for starters, this team has already secured the pennant that the 2006 team fell short of due to injuries and bad luck. But the Mets aren’t sneaking up on anyone this year, the NL East is no longer weak, and the Chicago Cubs are roaring through the first third of the season. The last week in May is no time to panic…but the clock is ticking, and it’s time for the Mets to turn things around.
Mack – I sort of agree with this post, but it really doesn’t matter if the Mets are or are not ‘sneaking up’ on anyone this year. Sandy Alderson added enough offense to join a premier rotation. Yes, things aren’t going that well right now, but, like I said yesterday on a comment, the Mets were four games above .500 and only 2.5 games out of first place. I don’t consider this a panic situation for a tea with this much talent. It’s a lull, but no panic is needed yet.
Brian P. Mangan @brianpmangan - Since July 1, 2015, Hansel Robles has a 2.42 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 11.25 K/9 over 52 innings