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    His stuff was better than advertised. Great movement on his fastball and the slider looks hard to hit. He was mostly around the zone, too. As a Mets fan you're always looking for the catch - where's the downside? - but it really looks like Omar picked a winner.

    I've seen video of Wheeler and he does not look better than this. Scouts do seem to give him a slight edge, however. How much better could he be? I guess we'll see for ourselves soon enough. The potential downside with both these guys is command, and with Harvey there are issues about his secondary stuff. He's still developing. Let's hope being in the Major Leagues doesn't interfere with the final stages. I'm also leery of any Generation K type marketing. From a team perspective I can easily see the Wilpons using success from Harvey and/or Wheeler to further ignore the rest of the team and continue to spend nothing. Like I said, as a Mets fan you always look for the cloud in the silver lining, but Harvey looks like a real talent. 16 outs recorded, 11 by strikeout, no runs allowed and two hits of his own. A nice debut.

    Also, Harvey's family in attendance seemed to consist largely of attractive women. If one of them is his mom - hell, even if both are his sisters - we need to set up a Ralph Kiner interview, like the one with Lenny Dykstra's mom back in the day. Having Ralph interview and hit on attractive female relatives, is a Mets tradition that needs to return. Bring back Kiner's Korner.

    By the way, post 1980. The Magic is Back.


    "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

  • #2
    Omar did pick a winner. I also like the confidence in the fastball (which Seaver always harps on, correctly), the quick pace of work, and apparent big league make up. And he can hit - like so many great Mets pitchers before him.
    Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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    • #3
      Wow, this didnt take long.
      unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
      unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
      unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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      • #4
        He looked very good. His slider was nasty at times, and he made some of the hitters look foolish with it.

        Because this is who I am I have to say it. Can we please as a group of Met fans temper expectations? FOR ONCE. He is a young pitcher that is going to go through a bunch of ups and downs (hopefully more ups). Lets let him pitch a few times and watch the hitters adjust, and watch him re-adjust with success before we crown him 2013's #1 pitcher.

        I was as impressed as anyone last night, and I am actually looking forward to his next start.


        Something else to keep in mind - Harvey is at 115 innings this year including last nights game. He pitched 135 innings in both 2011 & 2010. They probably wont let him get too far past 160-170 innings this year. I am guessing somewhere around 8 more starts.

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        • #5
          Its always good when a front office does not squander the 7th overall pick in the draft. He should be a solid #3 for us for a while as long as he stays healthy. With Neise, Harvey and Gee, we have a nice back end of the rotation. Now all we need is a #1 and #2 starter.

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          • #6
            Let's give him a couple games...or seasons...before we start passing any sort of judgement on the guy. Remember, Tyler Yates looked really good in his major league debut with the Mets as well (6 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K).

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            • #7
              Harvey took one look at the Diamondbacks lineup and said "I see you showed up wise guys".(Honeymooners reference)
              and just dominated them.But I know it's only one major league start but so far so good and I am looking forward to see
              what he can do in his next start.
              "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
              at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

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              • #8
                Matt Harvey is having an excellent spring:

                http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ba...icle-1.1292284

                Matt Harvey holds St. Louis Cardinals to two runs on six hits in longest spring training outing for NY Mets
                The Mets young righthander has struck out 24 batters in 18 1/3 innings this spring, but he's learning to balance that with his desire to pitch over 200 innings this season.
                By Kristie Ackert / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
                Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:13 PM

                JUPITER, Fla. - Matt Harvey struck out six and limited the Cardinals to two runs on six hits and a walk in the Mets 3-2 win Monday.

                The Mets young righthander has struck out 24 batters in 18 1/3 innings this spring, but he's learning to balance that with his desire to pitch over 200 innings this season.

                "Obviously a strikeout is good here and there," Harvey said, "but I am starting to learn a groundball is just as good. Going deep into the game is on my mind. If I got seven or eight inning with three strikeouts, that's seven or eight innings. If the strikeouts come, they come."

                Harvey was more pleased with the fact he went 5 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the spring and that his curveball has been working.

                "I was really happy with my curveball," Harvey said. "Unfortunately I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I'm healthy and feeling good. The biggest thing from last year was not having my curveball. I threw a lot of good ones 0-0 and was able to throw it in the dirt when I needed to. That's a big pitch for me."



                He looks to be one of the few bright spots on the team this season.

                I think, if healthy, he'll have a very good season. I can see him winning 15 or more with decent run support and a bullpen that holds leads. Who knows if he'll get either, much less both. As it stands I'll predict 12-10 with a 3.30 ERA. A strikeout an inning. FIP of maybe 3.50.

                Any other predictions?


                "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                • #9
                  If you're looking for a single Mets bright spot, one real story of potential greatness - it's Matt Harvey. The real deal, by far their top young player.
                  Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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                  • #10
                    Maybe it's because I'm listening to HMS Pinafore right now, but I'll be the Dick Deadeye killjoy and say...

                    Just wait.

                    Just wait...a bone chip or oblique strain...or hamstring...or his arm turning to jello in a freak run in with Harry Potter--

                    NOTHING is impossible when it comes to the Amazing(ly Injured) Mets.
                    "Ya Gotta Believe!" -Tug McGraw ... "How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life." -James T. Kirk ... "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -Sherlock Holmes ... "It is out of the deepest depth that the highest must come to its height." -Friedrich Nietzsche ... "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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                    • #11
                      Matt Harvey sure does look like the real deal. Seven innings, ten strikeouts, one hit allowed in his season debut.


                      "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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                      • #12
                        That first inning or two were masterful. Bang bang bang strike one two three (or thereabouts). The next five were damn good as well.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
                          That first inning or two were masterful. Bang bang bang strike one two three (or thereabouts). The next five were damn good as well.
                          He's the Mets with the best 5 years ahead of him (and that includes Wright and Ike).
                          Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Strawman View Post
                            He's the Mets with the best 5 years ahead of him (and that includes Wright and Ike).

                            Agreed. Hopefully we are both wrong because of someone is going to exceed Harvey we are in for a nice surprise as Met fans.

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                            • #15
                              7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 9 strikeouts tonight.

                              On the season so far, 14 IP, 19 K, 3 BB, 4 hits, 0.64 ERA. Not bad.


                              "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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