Final Score: Rockies 5, Mets 2
The Mets had been killing it against the Rockies in recent seasons. Before last night, they had won 11 straight against them. And Jon Gray had been awful at Coors Field before his impressive performance last night. Gray gave up 2 runs over 7 strong innings. He had 8 Ks including David Wright three times.
No Bats: We didn’t see the Dark Knight yesterday, and we sure as hell didn’t see our bats do anything. In the second inning with two outs, Jon Gray walked Neil Walker, hit Asdrubal Cabrera, and gave up a two run double to Kevin Plawecki. But that was all the offense we could muster. We left a couple guys on base as the game went on, but we really didn’t threaten to score much at all. We didn’t hit any dingers either. Slumps happen so I’m not going to kill the Mets offense for slumping. But the feast or famine, live by the dinger, die by the dinger lifestyle is going to take some getting used to. I’m sure we’ll hit 6 bombs today and I’ll be “used to it” yet again.
Season Of Trash: Matt Harvey gave up 5 runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings pitched. His velocity evaporated yet again checking in at 91-92 MPH. We didn’t help him on the defensive end. In the fourth inning Nolan Arenado led off with a single and then Michael Conforto misplayed a Gerardo Parra hit that went by his glove and all the way to the wall. It was scored a triple but it was a clear error. Then Mark Reynolds singled to score Parra and the game was tied at 2. Harvey then gave up another run in the 5th and two more in the 6th. Jerry Blevins technically gave up the hit that led to the final run charged to Harvey, but it was all Harvey’s mess.
I’m scared to even talk about the terrible season Harvey has had to date. I have no answers, and he sure as hell has no answers. All I keep thinking is the last time he sucked like this, we were informed his UCL was torn and that was that. I believe him when he says he’s healthy, and he’s just dealing with mechanical issues. He’s slumping, and he’s searching for answers. But I live in Panic City man. I can’t help but expect the worst.
Setting The Bar: For all you hard workers and high achievers out there, let this Harvey situation be a lesson to you. Never set the bar this high. As Homer Simpson once said, “you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is never try.” Matt Harvey achieved such a high level of success so quickly that the fans can’t possibly accept that this is the first slump of his career. He set the bar so high with his impeccable command and nobody can process that this freak of nature is dealing with some adversity on the field. It happens, and we are seeing it in a very public fashion. I feel bad for Matt because you can tell he’s lost and upset.
Harvey ShirseyGate: On a positive note, my Matt Harvey shirsey that was stained by the laundromat, is officially clean. The bleach stains are now somehow gone. That has to be a good omen right?
NL Reality Check: This loss moved us back into second place in the NL East. But we are still in the elite class of NL teams. We haven’t lost a damn series since that April 11-13 series against Miami. That being said, we have six games against Washington coming up this month, and the outcome of those games could completely alter the conversation about where we stand in our division and the NL overall.
Today: Let’s hit some damn home runs today. The Mets have me hooked on the long ball, and I need my fix. I just want to melt into the couch and watch the balls rain into the stands at Coors Field.