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Sunday, April 28, 2013

J.R. Gamble: Mets Rookie Sensation Matt Harvey Is Bum-Rushing Stephen Strasburg’s Show

(pulls out Dr. Feelgood/Bums Rush)

The NY Mets have been the Humpty Dumpty of the National League since missing their shot at greatness in ’06, when Carlos Beltran’s frozen mime impersonation on a called third strike ended the NLCS against St. Louis.

It’s been a broken cipher of coaching changes, blown division-leads and minimal talent. The final fall came when they sat on a wall with Ponzi-python Bernie Madoff.

The Mets have been rebuilding and preaching patience ever since.

... Harvey has brought a “we don’t suck” swagger to a 10-10 Mets squad that is slowly thinking Wild Card.

“Every time I take the mound, I don’t want to lose,” Harvey said in a January ’13 Newsday article.“I don’t think I’m going to lose at all. I take the mound fighting for every single pitch. I take anger to the mound, I take a lot of aggression. That’s the fight that I have to win.’‘

That’s just what the life-less Mets needed. Harvey’s delivery is pimp-smooth, his fastball is a 97 mph laser and the Mets 2010 first –round pick is leading the majors in wins (4), WHIP (0.69) and he’s second in Ks with 39. Those are Strasburg–type numbers and impact.  The Mets haven’t seen this type of mound-presence since Dwight Gooden had the K-corner popping in the ‘80s.

Just a year ago Strasburg was so coveted and irreplaceable that the Nats couldn’t even let him pitch in the playoffs. While he chilled, the script changed a bit. Harvey’s already out-dueled him in a head-up this season. Moving forward, it appears Strasburg’s “Golden Arm” may have to share that space of greatness with Harvey.

Repoz Posted: April 28, 2013 at 03:15 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4427495)
Yuk. I made the mistake of reading the article. Harvey is apparently the "new Flashburg" with a "pimp smooth" delivery for the "Humpty Dumpty Mets."

The author took the worst attributes of Stuart Scott and Chris Berman and somehow made them worse.
   2. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 28, 2013 at 05:34 PM (#4427587)
There is no Humpty in Mets.

Naturally this comes out after Harvey gets hammered in his worst start of the seas...

Oh. It was still a quality start (if just), with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk. Harvey's going to make the next six seasons a lot more fun to watch.

The NY Mets have been the Humpty Dumpty of the National League since missing their shot at greatness in ’06, when Carlos Beltran’s frozen mime impersonation on a called third strike ended the NLCS against St. Louis.


For anyone thinking of reading TFA, that's the first paragraph. That's all it took for me.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: April 28, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4427613)
Anyone who watches Beltran's at bat and comes away with anything other than "Wainwright's pitch was filthy on strike 3" doesn't understand baseball.
   4. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: April 28, 2013 at 06:53 PM (#4427615)
I thought it was funny when, during one of the Fox games earlier this year, they talked to Wainwright during an inning and asked him about that pitch and if there was anything said about it between him and Beltran since he joined the team. And Wainwright said he called him to ask how they should handle it and Beltran said it was in the past and to leave it there.

"So Carlos, remember that one time I froze you on a curve to end the NLCS six years ago? What do you think about that? Wanna talk about it?"
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 28, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4427690)
pimp-smooth


If by the reference you mean being a petty criminal who beats the sh*t out of any girl who doesn't produce enough income for him on a daily basis, then yeah, that's what you want to be...

leading the majors in wins (4)


I haven't time lined it, but doesn't Buchholz have 5 wins?
   6. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 29, 2013 at 12:33 AM (#4427797)
"So Carlos, remember that one time I froze you on a curve to end the NLCS six years ago? What do you think about that? Wanna talk about it?"

Yeah--I'm pretty sure NOT calling Beltran was the right move.

@5: Yes. Let's please turn pimp back into the perjorative it deserves to be.
   7. Ben V-L Posted: April 29, 2013 at 04:20 AM (#4427830)
The story, according to Tyler Kepner

“I told him I was happy he was here and couldn’t wait to be a teammate,” Wainwright said. “I told him, ‘The media’s going to ask us about that game, probably,’ and he just stopped me and said, ‘Hey, that’s in the past, let’s just put it behind us and move on. We’re teammates.’ I said, ‘Hey, you’re preaching to the choir, man.’”


Doesn't really look like Wainwright was out of line.
   8. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: April 29, 2013 at 05:46 AM (#4427834)
Anyone who watches Beltran's at bat and comes away with anything other than "Wainwright's pitch was filthy on strike 3" doesn't understand baseball.


This one.
   9. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 29, 2013 at 07:22 AM (#4427844)
Doesn't really look like Wainwright was out of line.


In that context, it does sound like Wainwright brought up gently something he understood would have to be dealt with.

It's extraordinary that Beltran has come back so completely as a hitter since 2009 and 2010. 145 games combined in those two years, with only slightly above average hitting in 2010. I thought it was almost certain he was done. I've also figured he's the kind of extremely well rounded player without a key, signature skill he's identified with who will have to top 70 WAR to have a solid shot at the Hall of Fame. It looks like he may very well get there. I don't know if he has enough juice to get to 1500 runs, 1500 rbis, and 400 homers, the kind of gaudy numbers that impress dull voters, but with WAR catching on 70 wins makes for a much easier sell if it hadn't.

Great to see him off to a strong start this year. One thing I'm skeptical of is the Cards not giving him a game off. It doesn't make sense to me.
   10. Publius Publicola Posted: April 29, 2013 at 08:28 AM (#4427858)
The author took the worst attributes of Stuart Scott and Chris Berman and somehow made them worse.


Sounds like they're trying to resurrect Ralph Wiley's shtick.

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