Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Well, another Matt Harvey start has come and gone… three home runs and an ERA over six…
It doesn’t look like whatever is wrong here, or simply has changed here, isn’t going to be turned around by keep sending out for his normal rotation assignment. I go back to my original suggestion… come up with some phantom arm injury and stick him on the 7-day DL… then, send him down to the spring training facilities and, first, give him 7-10 days to just chill.
Lastly, let him work with the coached down there and eventually work his way back via a rehab assignment.
The Mets can survive without him right now. Frankly, their win-loss record would be much better if you take the Harvey game out of the stats. Can he come back like Jon Snow did?
It’s sad watching a fallen Dark Knight.
The Florida State League announced on Monday that St. Lucie Mets right-hander Ricky Knapp is the league’s Pitcher of the Week.
Knapp’s one outing last week was a start in game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Clearwater Threshers. Knapp pitched a complete game shutout (seven innings) and limited the Threshers to three hits. He did not walk a batter, plunked two hitters and struck out four. Knapp lowered his season ERA to 1.96 while improving to 4-2.
It only took 58 pitches for Knapp to get through the first six innings. He stranded the bases loaded in the seventh to end the game.
Knapp is in his fourth year with the Mets organization. He was drafted by New York in the eighth round in 2013 out of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. Knapp is from Port Charlotte, Fla.
Mack – Knapp is far from prospect level, but he’s having a great season as a 24-year old in A+ ball. In four minor league seasons, he’s 19-15, 3.47, but a very high WHIP (309-IP, 229-K, 82-BB).
His career 6.69 K/9 is seriously below any chance of a projection someday to the majors.
Brian P. Mangan @brianpmangan - Jeurys Familia, last 30 days: 1.88 ERA, 1.74 FIP, 69.2 GB%
OF Kyle Johnson transferred from Binghamton to Las Vegas
- OF Vicente Lupo transferred from Columbia Fireflies to Short-Season A Brooklyn.
- RHP Andrew Church transferred from Short-Season A Brooklyn to Columbia's active roster.
INF Wilmer Flores assigned to Binghamton on Major League rehab
RHP Mike Hepple transferred from Binghamton to St. Lucie
LHP Kelly Secrest transferred from Binghamton to St. Lucie
LHP Alberto Baldonado transferred from St. Lucie to Binghamton
RHP Tim Peterson transferred from St. Lucie to Binghamton
Here’s a stat you’ll love… Columbia SP P.J. Conlon (7-0) has never given up a homerun in his professional career.
It’s been an amazing two years for Conlon. Last year, he pitched entirely as a relief pitcher for Brooklyn and had a 0.00 ERA in 17 appearances.
This year, he was converted back to the starter he was at the University of San Diego, and he’s 7-0 in 8 starts. He’s currently the only pitcher in all of minor league baseball to have won seven games.
So, he’s now given up six earned runs in 68 professional innings, which is crazy numbers.
We have to start taking this guy serious.
Brian Joura wrote an interesting post on the usage of the Mets bullpen –
It’s encouraging to see Collins going a full inning with Blevins but it should be pointed out that each of his last three games have been blowouts. Would Collins have had the guts to use Blevins for a full inning if the lead was, say, 4-1 instead of 7-1? We probably know the answer to that one.
The Mets’ relievers have been fantastic this year and hopefully the starters will start performing up to preseason expectations so that the pen won’t be needed for 20 or more innings each week. But those times when Collins leans on the pen heavily, he can’t be so dogmatic about roles. Guys beside Reed need to be trusted to pitch in the 8th inning of tight games and Blevins needs to be allowed to face righties.
Mack – I actually have no problem with the Mets pen this season. Additionally, they don’t even have any room for the turn of Josh Edgin who hasn’t given up a run in his 10 outings with Las Vegas.
This season may come down to what this team can and will do in the last three innings of each game.