Matt Harvey needs a grownup to protect him from himself...
Mets management's excuse for getting caught in this predicament: hey, we thought we sucked. The Mets never figured that it would be an issue as it had been for another young pitcher (Stephen Strasburg)...
An arm injury to a pitcher is the single most serious injury that a baseball player can suffer. It ruins his career. The mound is no place for a hero. The grownups need to protect those with childlike aspirations.
Met fans, have you got Matt Harvey's back? Saturday, September 5, 2015, 3:05 PM
What's good for Matt Harvey is good for the Mets...
Come on, Met fans, support your guy! Show some loyalty to the team.
Alderson is now indicating that he will push for Harvey to continue to pitch through the regular season and into the tournament. Alderson sounds like he's going to the mattresses ... against one of his own players. What the heck is that? A writer in the NY Post is calling for Harvey to be traded!
Mets management was too dumb, lazy and unimaginative to anticipate that the Washington Nationals would collapse and that the Mets team would play well enough to essentially have the division title wrapped up in early September. Alderson should have made it his business to know the medical parameters for Matt Harvey's first season back after major arm surgery. That Alderson didn't, is on him, not on Harvey or Harvey's agent, Scott Boras.
Instead the Mets management drifted along and if Harvey needed to be shut down in August, they would simply shut Harvey down. Who would care? By then the team would be out of contention. But the Mets were not prepared for success. That goes for both management and fans.
Met fans. Friday, August 28, 2015
Phillies announcer calls Mets fans “obnoxious” ...
Who am I to disagree?
Matt Harvey and Michael Pineda: shut down like Stephen Strasburg? Wednesday, May 27, 2015
What the New York teams could and probably should have done is what Washington should have done with Strasburg when they knew that he would be limited in innings and pitches. They should have them report at least two months after the normal start of spring training. Then be prepared to begin pitching for the big league team about June 1. That resolves all the issues, including extending them into the tournament.
I'm guessing that the teams know this but that they just don't have the gumption to act on it. Too bad. Everyone would be better off.
In fact this type of scheduling could be used as a regular sort of super rotation. Have starting pitchers begin preparation every two months, with the first wave scheduled to shut down in early August, replaced by fresh arms.
Think about it.