Mets spring training is half way over and let’s put aside their record of 4-7 and focus on the positives.
Matt Harvey had his second strong outing of the spring Monday. He shutout the Detroit Tigers for three innings. Harvey looked very comfortable throwing 48 pitches. His fastball was up in the mid-90s but, more importantly, he had good control of his other pitches which, to me, is going to be key to his comeback.
Since 2013, Matt has had to deal with heath issues on the field and has been shut down for extended periods. He has struggled to regain control of his repertoire of pitches and in doing so he tinkered with his mechanics to no avail. At the same time, he has had to deal with the hype that had built him up to be the Dark Knight. He has had to deal with the emergence of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard as the aces of the starting rotation.
We have all heard, “there is no crying in baseball,” but there is most certainly the psyche of the game. I can remember my Little League coaches telling a bunch of us 12 year olds that the difference between a good player and an All-Star is what is between your ears.
Harvey has to come to grips with the fact that he is not the pitching staff. He is just an important cog, at best, the number three starter of an injury plagued group. He needs to get as comfortable with this role as he does with his fundamentals. Both will go hand in hand and will help him to deliver what the Mets need from him. I think he needs to start 25 games, pitch between and 125-140 innings and win 12-14 games.
Brandon Nimmo Photo: newyork.cbslocal.com
From what I see Brandon Nimmo is playing himself into the opening day starting lineup. He is looking more and more like a leadoff hitter. Nimmo is showing good patience at the plate, getting on base and has some pop in his bat. He has speed, plenty of range in the outfield and can play both center field and left field.
In yesterday’s game he hit a long home run, his second of the season and he is one of the team leaders with five RBIs over seven starts.
The Mets will need both Harvey and Nimmo to stay healthy and get out of the gates strong in April to set the tone of competing and winning if they expect to win more games than they lose this year.
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