Matt Harvey

Zack Wheeler
The New York Mets announced Sunday that they will not be shopping right-handed starter Zack Wheeler despite having a fearsome foursome in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard.  Personally I was hoping they’d shop Wheeler back in July. Wheeler, 25,  is coming off of having had Tommy John surgery last summer and they ALMOST did. Remember Wilmer Flores crying on the field after he thought he’d been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (giving him two reasons to cry – their record and leaving the Mets)? Well that was over Wheeler. The Brewers were prepared to send Carlos […]

Mets not shopping Wheeler is a disappointment

2015 Players' Choice Awards, Josh Donaldson, keep Gray,
Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson dominated the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards. Winning not only Outstanding American League Player of the Year, Donaldson took home the top honor as the most Outstanding Player of 2015.  These awards seem to mean more to the winners than even the awards given out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), Baseball America or the Sporting News Awards because they’re being honored by their peers. The other players in the league believe them to be the best and that truly is a real compliment to in most cases their skill on the […]

Josh Donaldson dominates the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards

As I KNOW you’ve already heard the Kansas City Royals are your new World Champions (thank goodness! Even though I wasn’t rooting for them at least it isn’t the gnats anymore! whew! – actually that is part of the reason I wasn’t rooting for them. Couldn’t they have done this last year?? Thanks a lot Royals!). Naw, regardless Congrats to the new World Champion Royals. I am not going to go through the game play-by-play, but I’ll lay it out for you.  The New York Mets held a 1-0 lead through six innings on a lead off home run by […]

Royals are your 2015 World Champions

Game One
Royals walk-off in the 14th inning to take Game 1 of the World Series You can’t say that this hasn’t been a strange postseason. From New York Mets’ David Murphy‘s six home runs in six straight games to the insanity that ensued in the seventh inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series (ALDS). Almost every postseason game in 2015 has had something special, different or interesting occur (most of which will be in a series of columns I will soon be running on Today’s Knuckleball – likely at the conclusion of the World Series). Game 1 of […]

Craziness continues in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series

Keuchel and Kazmir
When you think of the best front of the rotation starters in baseball, who comes to mind? If you’ve watched baseball at all within the last five years, then the first pair of pitchers your mind should go to should be the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.  They are undoubtedly the best one-two punch in baseball. It’s not even worth questioning. However, there are other good combinations out there such as the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. While they may not involve a three-time Cy Young Award winner who is also the reigning […]

How do Astros’ Keuchel and Kazmir compare to competition?

Dillon Gee
Dillon Gee frustrated by Mets’ move New York Mets’ manager Terry Collins apologized to Dillon Gee for the news he was about to give him. Gee, one of the Mets’ longest tenured players was being demoted from the starting rotation to the bullpen. The Mets were going to try and use a six-man rotation that included Gee, to shave off the number of innings pitcher like Matt Harvey, who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, and Jacob deGrom, who is just in his sophomore season, would pitch over the course of the season.  Why they changed their minds is […]

Dillon Gee sent to the bullpen, Mets go back to ...

Noah Syndergaard
With starter  Dillon Gee on the disabled list the New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs and baseball fans everywhere will get to see the Major League debut of 22-year-old starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Many expected the right-handed phenom to be in the Mets’ rotation in 2014, after he made quite an impression in the Grapefruit League two spring trainings ago. The Mets however made the decision to get the young right-hander a little more seasoned and have kept him at Triple-A Las Vegas, until now. Syndergaard was ranked baseball’s 11th top prospect going into the 2015 season, he was ranked […]

It’s Noah Syndergaard’s day as the Mets take on the ...

mlb newsworthy moments
Alright I admit it, I dig Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale as much as I dig Matt Harvey – well almost! It’s a close call between the two. It’s a good thing that they are in different leagues so I can predict Chris Sale as the AL Cy Young Award and Matt Harvey to beat out Clayton Kershaw for the National League Cy Young. So you can imagine that I was quite excited that Chris Sale was back in action Sunday after having fractured his right foot early in spring training, Without Sale the White Sox were 0-4. They […]

Chris Sale returns in top form, breathes new life into ...

bartolo colon
Update: September 6, 2015 5:15 am PT Originally this little blurb was written in April (as you’ll see below) but this season, Bartolo Colon has become even more likable around the Major Leagues and with both leagues’ fans. Whether it’s that he’s tied his career high in RBI (3) or his career-high seven hits this season or the fact that he is still getting guys out using basically just a fastball – you can’t deny that Colon is fun to watch and very likable. The 42-year-old right-hander made New York Mets history Saturday as he became the oldest pitcher from […]

Why it’s so easy to be a fan of Bartolo ...

I had just written about the possibility of the New York Mets needing to keep and not trade starting pitcher Dillon Gee, even though he had been moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. I mentioned that there may be an issue with starter Zack Wheeler. Originally picked for the starting rotation were Wheeler, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Bartolo Colon. Now it appears that Gee will be needed in place of Wheeler. Wheeler, who complained of elbow soreness last week, recently underwent an MRI. He’d had two clean MRI’s over the offseason, after some soreness last season, […]

Tommy John surgery likely for Mets’ Zack Wheeler

Matt Harvey may have pitched only two innings but they were a huge two innings. Harvey, making his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2013, retired all six Detroit Tigers batters he faced in front of a sell-out crowd in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Friday. Reportedly the atmosphere was one more like that of a playoff game than that of one in early spring. This was a moment that not only Harvey had been waiting for for the last year and a half, but the entire New York Mets’ team, executives, fans and just fans of […]

Matt Harvey is perfect in return to Mets

New York Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey had Tommy John surgery in October of 2013 and he was far from what you might call a “happy camper” or even a remotely cooperative one about it. Initially he attempted rehabbing his torn ulnar collateral ligament but reluctantly opted for the procedure as it is, on the whole, much more effective. As soon as Harvey was out of surgery he was talking about returning at somepoint during the 2014 season. The Mets wanted Harvey to rehab at their Florida facility but Harvey argued into a compromise with Mets executives in which he […]

After 18 long months Mets’ Matt Harvey finally faces batters