New York Mets: Porcello, Lugo Shut Down the Nationals in 3-1 Victory

New York Mets, Rick Porcello

The first two starts of Rick Porcello‘s New York Mets career could only be summed up by one word: atrocious. Porcello rebounded in his third start and pitched like the 2016 Cy Young winner he once was. He only needed 81 pitches to get through seven innings, holding the Washington Nationals to one run.

He kept the ball out of the middle of the plate, working in. Porcello also pitched inside more than he did in his first two starts combined. After allowing two hits and a run in the first inning, he only allowed three hits in the following six innings.

Porcello left the game prematurely with 81 pitches, but Seth Lugo picked up where he left off. Lugo shut the door, striking out two batters and retiring all six he faced to record the two-inning save. Porcello and Lugo combined to retire the last 16 Nats to finish the game.

Defense All-Around

The biggest play of the game came in the fourth inning, where Michael Conforto threw out Juan Soto at third base. Soto tried to test the arm on an Asdrubal Cabrera single, and it was the last scoring chance the Nats had as Porcello cruised from there.

J.D. Davis received his first start at third base since June 16, 2019. He showed no rust, making plenty of great defensive plays and showing why he originally was a third baseman. Luis Guillorme and Andres Gimenez also stabilized the defense up the middle. With the success of a defensive driven lineup tonight, it will be interesting to see if Luis Rojas opts for more defensive centric lineups.

The major story for the Nationals was Max Scherzer‘s exit after one inning due to a hamstring injury. It was clear his velocity dipped, but it was also noticeable that his arm was trailing behind him. Scherzer usually has a rapid arm motion, but it was slow from the start.

Erick Fedde warmed up with Scherzer before the game then replaced him in the second. Scherzer calls the injury “minor,” but any injury to him is a significant concern with Stephen Strasburg already injured.

Yoenis Who?

Dominic Smith showed why he deserves to be the everyday designated hitter. Smith drove in two of the three runs on the night. His sac fly opened up the scoring in the first and then provided an insurance run with his RBI double in the seventh. Guillorme’s RBI single was sandwiched between Smith’s RBI hits.

Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto also set the table at the top of the order once again. Despite only hitting .227, Nimmo’s three walks moved his on-base percentage to .424. Conforto record a single which continued his on-base streak and kept his average above .300.

The Mets receive a day off on Thursday before playing 17 straight games without a day off, starting on Friday with the Miami Marlins.

 

New York Mets: Dominic Smith could be the biggest beneficiary of Cespedes’ absence

New Yor k Mets, Dominic Smith

The New York Mets just lost their primary designated hitter. Yoenis Cespedes, who had hit a couple of home runs this season but couldn’t truly get going at the plate, opted out of the season on Sunday in controversial fashion.

The slugger didn’t announce his decision until after Sunday’s New York Mets game against the Atlanta Braves had already started, and he did it, according to reports, through his agent. The team even released a statement explaining that they hadn’t heard from Cespedes.

Anyway, the Mets need to move on, despite the fact that they had basically planned their entire designated hitter spot plan around Cespedes. He was their top option, and now, they will have to replace him without so much of a talent dropoff.

The Mets’ in-house candidate

Fortunately for the Mets, they have a quality in-house candidate to pick up most of the slack in Cespedes’ absence. Dominic Smith, the talented slugger who was the team’s first round draft pick back in 2013, figures to receive an expanded opportunity following the Cespedes’ controversial opt-out.

And Smith, a natural first baseman who the Mets tried in the outfield in the last couple of years in an attempt to look for playing time, has the talent to return good numbers. Last season, he mashed to the tune of a .282/.355/.525 line with a .368 wOBA and a 133 wRC+: that means he was 33 percent better than your average hitter.

Smith belted 11 home runs, scored 35 runs and drove in 25 in 89 games and 197 plate appearances. Many of those timely hits were as a pinch-hitter, a role in which he also excels. The Mets haven’t said anything regarding the future of their DH spot, but Smith is a favorite of manager Luis Rojas and will, no doubt, see an increase in playing time.

This season, Smith has already a home run in five games and 16 plate appearances, slashing a healthy .250/.375/.500 with a 142 wRC+.

It’s tantalizing to think about what Smith can do with ample opportunities.

New York Mets: The Home Series Preview Against the Boston Red Sox

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets got themselves back on track in Fenway Park with back to back victories to open up their four-game, home and home series with the Boston Red Sox. They revived their offense and received two good starting pitching outings from the back of their rotation. The Mets try to take the series as it shifts back to Citi Field.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Wednesday, July 29 @ 7:10 p.m. ET: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Thursday, July 30 @ 7:07 p.m. ET: Martin Perez (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

The Mets are 3-2 thanks to two solid starts from Michael Wacha and David Peterson. After Rick Porcello struggled against the Atlanta Braves, significant questions were surrounding the starting rotation. Though those questions still linger, they have quieted thanks to Wacha and Peterson combining to allow three runs over 10.2 innings pitched.

Take the Sweep

The Mets have an excellent opportunity to sweep a struggling Red Sox team, who has lost four straight. The best two starters in the Mets staff will throw the final two games and were both impressive in their two starts against the Braves. deGrom has a career 3.46 ERA against the Red Sox, his highest against any American League team (min. 10 IP). Matz is making his first career start against the Sox.

The Mets are changing their lineup around for game one of the series as Andres Gimenez makes his first start at shortstop, and Rene Rivera does the catching for deGrom. Dominic Smith also makes his first start of the season in left field as manager Luis Rojas opts for offense over defense in the outfield.

Also, keep a lookout for the defense of Jeff McNeil at third base. He already has three errors through five games, the most he has made at any position in his career. Throwing has been the issue for McNeil, and despite Pete Alonso messing up a couple of scoops, his errors come when he does not put enough on his throws.

Matchups to Lookout For

Nathan Eovaldi vs. Yoenis Cespedes: 4-for-12 (.333), Double, 2 RBIs

Martin Perez vs. Yoenis Cespedes: 5-for-15 (.333), Double, Triple, RBI, 2 Walks,

Dellin Betances vs. Xander Bogaerts: 3-for-21 (.143), Double, 2 RBI, 8 Strikeouts

New York Mets Find Their Offense and Wacha Shines in 7-4 Win

The New York Mets only needed four innings to surpass their scoring total from the first three games of the season. They did all of their scoring during innings 2-4 and used three home runs to fuel their 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The win was also Michael Wacha‘s first in a Mets uniform.

Two-run home runs from Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso in the second and third inning got things started. Both were monster shots but in different ways. Conforto’s traveled 434-feet while Alonso’s was a missile coming off the bat at 116 mph. Dominic Smith added a three-run homer in the fourth to extend the Mets lead to seven. Wilson Ramos also added a double and single to the Mets offense.

Splendid Debut

Michael Wacha had an opposite debut to Rick Porcello. He gave the Mets five strong innings, allowing five hits, striking out four and the only run coming on a Mitch Moreland home run. Wacha kept the Red Sox off balance throughout his start, using his changeup and cutter very effectively. It is a good sign for the Mets rotation, which had significant concerns after Porcello’s disastrous start.

Chasen Shreve pitched two innings following Wacha with the only blemish coming on a Xander Bogaerts home run. The line for Jeurys Familia was uglier than it was during the game. Outside of a Rafael Devers double, the Red Sox did not do too much damage.

A groundball Jeff McNeil could have thrown home in a closer game resulted in an out, and the other hit came on a seeing-eye single up the middle. Familia’s control was not as sharp as it was during his first outing, but his slider was very sharp.

Seth Lugo cleaned up the mess in the eighth and carried the momentum to the ninth inning to retired all four batters in his four-out save. Through the first two outings, it is evident that Lugo is already the best Mets reliever.

For Tuesday’s matchup, the Mets still have not named a starter as of 11 p.m. on Monday. The likeliest option is either David Peterson to make his MLB debut or a bullpen game. Whoever pitches will be opposed by Matt Hall from the Red Sox. The first pitch is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Dominic Smith wants to ‘put pressure’ on the New York Mets

New Yor k Mets, Dominic Smith

New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith, a former top prospect, has been in and out of the big leagues since his 2017 debut. Last season he was unable to play his natural position due to Pete Alonso, who won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award, manning the corner infield position.

Smith wants to “put pressure” on the Mets to get his bat in the order this season (quotes per Dan Martin of the New York Post).

“Especially with the way the season is laid out, it’s definitely a different season,” Smith said of the 60-game schedule. “I just want to come in, play hard, show what I can do and put pressure on the team to make a tough decision.”

Smith has played both first base and left field with the Mets; he has made 110 appearances at first base and 45 appearances in left field.

Smith accepts that J.D. Davis, who hit .307 and posted an .895 OPS last season, is manager Luis Rojas’ likely left fielder this season.

“I had two months off with the injury and sometimes you can get lost,’’ Smith said. “J.D. Davis did a great job and is now the left fielder because he played so well. That’s just how it goes.”

Smith appeared in a career-high 89 games with the Mets last season. He hit .282, posting an .881 OPS and 134 OPS+ while totaling 11 home runs and 25 RBIs.

Smith views the 2020 Major League Baseball season as an opportunity to remind the Mets what he’s capable of.

“For me to come back and remind them they have a pretty good young player in me was definitely icing on the cake,’’ Smith said. “I want to continue to show the world, show the league what I can do.”

Smith has no doubt about playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For me, personally, no,’’ Smith said. “I love baseball and I hadn’t played baseball [regularly] since last year in July. … I’ve been dreaming about baseball every day. I’m very excited to be back on the field and can’t wait to get out there.”

New York Mets: Second Base Options Without Robinson Cano

New York Mets’ second baseman, Robinson Cano’s absence from summer camp, is a growing issue each day. The Mets have no timetable for his return, and they will need to figure out a replacement if he is not ready for opening weekend in just ten days.

Jeff McNeil

The obvious choice comes in moving Jeff McNeil to second base. Though his best defensive position is at third base, his production at second base would rank with the best in baseball. With moving McNeil to second, third base needs a replacement.

For the best offense, J.D. Davis moves to third, which allows the combination of Yoenis Cespedes and Dominic Smith to play a majority of the time in left field. Defensively, a healthy Jed Lowrie moves to third, allowing Davis/Cespedes to split DH and left field.

Jed Lowrie

If Jed Lowrie is ever healthy enough to play consistently, he is the simplest option. Lowrie has been a second baseman since 2016 and allows McNeil to remain at third base. He is likely the only switch hitter to stay on the Mets 30-man roster when camp breaks. With his damaged legs, at an older age, it is safe to assume his defense is not what it used to be but could hold the position if Cano is only out for a short period.

Andres Gimenez

Things get interesting with Andres Gimenez. The natural shortstop and top prospect is a long shot at earning a starting job in 2020. He has only played 26 games at second base throughout the minors but is a high upside option should the Mets turn to him for a 60-game sprint.

Due to the Mets’ “win-now” mentality, he needs a very impressive summer camp for the Mets to give him the nod to play every day at second base. During the 30-man roster period, he should see a couple of games there, without Cano, but anything more is unlikely at the moment.

New York Mets: Dom Smith opens up about ugly episodes with racism

New York Mets first baseman and outfielder Dominic Smith has already provided his thoughts about what happened to George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter movement. However, in a heartfelt interview with Steve Gelbs, in a clip released Thursday on SNY.tv, he went a little deeper and even told some ugly racist scenes he has had to witness.

“I just had to really get my words together because I’ve been through it and I see it on an everyday basis,” said one of the very best young players in the New York Mets roster. “It really means a lot to me that the world is taking notice.

“I’ve grown up in South Central L.A., close to Compton. My grandma grew up and lives still in L.A., in the city, close to Crenshaw High School where Darryl Strawberry went. I still go back to those places every year. It’s something that I noticed after I got drafted and traveled the world, got to see the world, and see how other people grow up and live. I saw how growing up in the inner city, we just didn’t have the same chance, the same opportunities.”

Spring was rough for the New York Mets’ young hitter

Even during this year’s spring training, the Mets’ slugger had to tolerate both direct and indirect racism. He told a painful, ugly story about a trip to a restaurant in Florida with teammate J.D. Davis, in which they waited to hours and workers of the restaurant failed to provide a meal, or so much as a glass of water.

“Me and J.D. (Davis), we went to eat in spring training this year. We went to eat at a relatively close restaurant in (Port St. Lucie), and we sat there, ordered our food, we waited, nobody in the restaurant, waited 30 minutes, no food. More people come into the restaurant now, maybe about five, six, seven people come in, they order. An hour goes by now, still no food. Other people who came in maybe 15 minutes ago get their food. An hour and a half goes by, still no food. The restaurant’s not even packed. They don’t bring us bread, they don’t bring us water, they don’t bring us anything. So I’m like ‘J.D. are you seeing what’s going on?’ and in my opinion, people obviously can be verbally racist or show racism verbally as much as they did back in the day, but I feel like indirectly you can show some prejudice. And I don’t understand how I’ve been sitting here for an hour and 45 minutes, and people have been popping in and out for the last hour. We waited for two hours and I said ‘J.D., come on, we have to leave. I’m not waiting any longer.’ So we finally left, and I mean, they apologized on the way out, but in my opinion, I just felt like they didn’t want us there. They were staring at us crazy since we walked in the door, and that’s one little aspect.”

The Mets’ pinch-hitting star also told a story when he was driving his car this spring and another motorist honked and directed a racial slur at him.

“Another aspect, driving in Port. St. Lucie in my nice car. I’m driving down the street, and the streets in (Port St. Lucie), they have a lot of one-lane streets, so the street shifted off to a turning lane and a single-lane street. So as soon as it shifted off, I got in the left-hand turn lane. Somebody’s honking at me, honk, honk, honk. I pull up to the light and he pulls up next to me. I rolled down my window and he said ‘Turn on your f–king blinker.’ He was… verbatim, word-for-word he said, ‘You probably f–king stole that car, you n—-r ‘ to me.”

There has been no shortage of support for Smith. New York Mets’ teammates, such as Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto, often reach out to him to see how he’s doing. Smith says they want to learn and understand everything, the pain they have had to endure so far.

“I think, as a group, we don’t see skin color, complexion, anything like that. We treat each other with respect, and I guess (we’re) a brotherhood, really. We’re wearing Orange and Blue together, we’re brothers. So we’re going to battle with each there for 162 games so you’ve got to be able to trust each other. I think that’s the bond we built. Those guys are very understanding about the issues and struggles I go through,” Smith said.

New York Mets: Looking at the Designated Hitter Candidates

New York Mets, Yeonis Cespedes

The designated hitter is here to stay during the 2020 shortened season, and the New York Mets are full of options. From injury-prone stars to bench players who do not have a role, the candidates are endless for the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes is the front runner to be the designated hitter. Reports say he will be fully healthy for Opening Day, and putting him at DH would preserve his legs for the entire season. Over 81 career games as a DH, he is hitting .287/.328/.524 with 18 home runs and 60 runs batted in. Cespedes has the highest potential to carry the team when healthy, and Mets fans would love to see him contribute every day. Despite the injuries, he still possesses a lethal arm in the outfield and is a former Gold Glove winner.

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith also dealt with injuries during 2019. He lost playing time at first base due to Pete Alonso earning the job for himself. Smith only has one previous game as a DH and but is a potent left-handed hitter. He is coming off his best year in the big leagues, and he is a better option than Cespedes. Considering that Smith will be with the team in 2021, they should be getting him ready for the DH role going forward.

J.D. Davis

It seems J.D. Davis days at third base are limited and is mainly a left fielder. The most likely situation for Davis to end up at DH is if the Mets opt to put Cespedes in left to keep a strong lineup. They could also put Jake Marisnick in center field and put Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the corner positions. The main reason Davis could be a DH is due to his defense in the outfield.

Robinson Cano

A healthy Robinson Cano is someone the Mets would like to play all 60 games of the season. At 37-years old, it is unlikely for him to play all of them at second base. To keep him fresh/healthy moving Jeff McNeil to second and Davis to third base would allow the Mets to DH Cano and keep his bat in the lineup. He is still a solid defensive second baseman, so do not expect him to be the everyday DH.

Wilson Ramos

Much like Cano, Wilson Ramos is someone who needs to play in all 60 games. He will not be able to do that at catcher, but the Mets hope to keep their best hitter with runners in scoring position in the lineup. Instead of giving Ramos an entire day off from catching, moving him to DH and putting Tomas Nido/Rene Rivera behind the plate would balance the drop in production from the catching position. Despite the hitting loss, the catching defense would upgrade during Ramos’ turn at DH.

Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie has no fit on the roster and is only an option because he has nowhere to play in the field. The last time Lowrie played every day, he was an All-Star, but he has gone a year and a half since the last time he made a starting lineup. The most significant trait for Lowrie as a DH is his switch-hitting ability.

The Mets DH options are abundant, and it would be no surprise if they had the most players swap in at DH throughout the season. Everything is analytics driving in modern baseball, and combining that with keeping players fresh is going to be a major challenge for Luis Rojas in year one.

New York Mets’ Dominic Smith writes deep personal note on systemic racism

After the death of George Floyd, a black man, in the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis named Derek Chauvin – who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes – America has protested for weeks, asking for equality and no more racism. Several sports figures have stepped up and defended the cause, and the latest to do it was New York Mets‘ first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith.

Smith, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, went to his personal Twitter account to post a long, meaningful message on Sunday afternoon, telling his own experiences with systemic racism in the country. He knows what it is to be a black man in America and in th world of baseball.

His tweet had the message “Silence kills” and the hashtags of some of the victims of racism, violence and death.

The Mets’ star has a message for you

“As a black man in America, you encounter racism on every level,” he wrote. “Your parents prep you for it. They prep you for routine police stops. They prep you on how to talk to people with respect. When you have one strike against you (your skin color), you have to make the people you come across like you, and you do it with respect, with a smile, with love.

“I didn’t understand it as a kid. I went to predominantly black schools my whole life, so when I got into the real world, it hit me. I saw how we were oppressed firsthand. Whether it’s education, job opportunities, healthcare, mass incarceration, social programs, financial hardship, and more. I saw how I wasn’t equal and treated unfairly because of my skin color.”

One of the New York Mets’ most talented young hitters, Smith is just beginning life in MLB baseball.

He also explained that it’s a duty for people to speak up when they encounter injustice at any level.

“The system has been killing African-Americans and minorities for hundreds of years, and enough is enough!” he said. “I don’t want to fear being stopped by a police officer or looked down (on) because of my skin color! It shouldn’t have taken the death of so many innocent men and women for the world to take notice. And if we didn’t have social media or smartphones, how many more innocent lives would we have lost?

“Silence kills.”

New York Mets First Round Picks in the Last Ten Drafts

New Yor k Mets, Dominic Smith

The slightly modified MLB Draft takes place today as teams search for their future stars. The New York Mets’ success on their first-round picks in the past was solid. Some contributed with the Mets, and others found success across the league.

2019: Brett Baty, Third Base (12th Overall, Lake Travis High School) 

The 20-year old first-round pick had his ups and downs during his first season in professional baseball. Through 56 games, mostly at rookie ball, he slashed .234/.368/.452 with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in. Baty’s struggles at the plate were primarily due to fatigue, but his power/walk potential is very high. He already ranks as the fourth-best prospect in the Mets system, according to MLB.com.

2018: Jarred Kelenic, Outfield (6th Overall, Waukesha West High School)

Kelenic was a rising prospect in the Mets system before they dealt him in the infamous Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade. During his first season with the Mets, he slashed.286/.371/.468 at only 18-years old. In 2019, he set the bar even higher, hitting .291/.364/.540 with 23 homers and 31 doubles between A, A+, and AA. Kelenic is the 11th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, and each day the trade stings the Mets more.

2017: David Peterson, Pitcher (20th Overall, University of Oregon)

Peterson is currently the 10th ranked prospect in the Mets system. He was on track to pitch in Triple-A during the 2020 season. There were also talks of bringing him up to supplement the lack of rotation depth. With Binghamton last season, he had a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts with 122 strikeouts. At his highest potential, Peterson projects to pitch in the middle of the rotation.

2016: Justin Dunn, Pitcher (19th Overall, Boston College)

Dunn was also part of the Kelenic trade to the Seattle Mariners. After two good seasons in Double-A during 2018 and 2019, he earned an opportunity to pitch for the M’s. They used him as an opener during his four 2019 outings. After allowing two runs in his debut, his next three opens were all scoreless.

2016: Anthony Kay, Pitcher (31st Overall, University of Connecticut)

Kay underwent Tommy John Surgery before he ever threw a pitch for the Mets. He understandably did not pitch to his full potential during his first season in professional ball. Kay had a 4.26 ERA over 122.2 innings but averaged about one strikeout per inning. During a stellar 2019 season in Double-A, the Mets moved him to Triple-A, where he struggled. They traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman, and he made his MLB debut in 2019. Kay had a 5.79 ERA over three outings but should be an excellent addition to a young Blue Jays roster.

2015: No First Round Pick

2014: Michael Conforto, Outfielder (10th Overall, Oregon State University)

The Mets struck gold with Conforto. It only took 133 games for him to make it during the big leagues. He helped the Mets make it to the World Series in 2015 and became the fifth rookie to homer twice in a World Series game. After a rough 2016, which involved his demotion, he has produced in the last three seasons, including an All-Star selection. Conforto is hitting .257/.363/.492, averaging 29 homers, 81 RBIs and plays all three outfield positions.

2013: Dominic Smith, First Base (11th Overall, Serra High School)

Smith has overcome plenty to become a contributing member of the Mets. He was on track for stardom after hitting over .300 throughout the minors. Dealing with sleep apnea, injuries, and weight issues caused a stunt to his journey of becoming a solid big leaguer. In 2019, all three points were no longer problems, and it allowed him to have his best season so far. His playing time tougher to find due to Pete Alonso at first base, but Smith showed the versatility to play the outfield as well.

2012: Gavin Cecchini, Shortstop (12th Overall, Barbe High School)

2012 was the only year where the Mets missed on a quality big league prospect. They had two first-round picks, and Cecchini was the first one. Known for his bat more than glove, it took a couple of years for him to figure things out at the plate. Two straight seasons above .300 in the minors earned him a 2016 promotion. Cecchini went 2-for-6 with a double and waited some time to return in 2017. He struggled with the bat, only hitting .208 but off Clayton Kershaw for the only one of his career. Cecchini remained stranded in the minors for the last two seasons and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks before spring training. Unfortunately, he was released in May as teams across baseball were cutting players to save money.

2012: Kevin Plawecki, Catcher (35th Overall, Purdue University)

The combination of Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud was supposed to carry the Mets catching corps through the next decade. Neither of them hit successfully at the big league level. Plawecki only hit .218 with a .330 slugging percentage with the Mets. He was also known for his abundance of groundouts to the left side of the infield. The Mets traded him before 2019 for Sam Haggerty and Walker Lockett.

2011: Brandon Nimmo, Outfielder (13th Overall, Cheyenne East High School)

The Mets took a risk on the Wyoming native, but it has paid off so far. The Plawecki/d’Arnaud combination is what Nimmo/Conforto became. Nimmo’s grit and grind make him a fan favorite with the Mets. He broke out during 2018 when he received everyday action for the first time. Nimmo’s propensity for getting on base led to his career .254/.387/.440 and is a very underrated player.

2011: Michael Fulmer, Pitcher (44th Overall, Deer Creek High School)

Fulmer was another pitcher who never saw time with the Mets. They dealt him in the Yoenis Cespedes trade during the 2015 playoff run. Fulmer ended up winning the rookie of the year award and becoming an All-Star during his first two seasons with the Detroit Tigers. His disappointing 2020 ended early when he learned that he needed season-ending Tommy John Surgery.

2010: Matt Harvey, Pitcher (7th Overall, University of North Carolina) 

The Matt Harvey story is one that draws the same intrigue as the one of Dwight Gooden. A fantastic young arm, destined to be the next Tom Seaver but ran into an obstacle they could not overcome. Harvey had the excellent rookie campaign, then the 2013 All-Star Game start with a 2.27 ERA, which succame to the dreaded Tommy John Surgery. An excellent 2015 season led to a rough 2016, which led to Thoracic-Outlet Surgery. Harvey never returned anywhere near his Cy Young quality form and has a 5.89 ERA over the last three seasons.