If this is what the future holds for Mets fans, there are going to be many happy people out there. Yesterday’s baseball-filled day gave the Mets and their fans a glimpse into what the future will look like with their one-two punch of Harvey and Wheeler. And we could not have asked for anything better than their amazing performances and the first doubleheader sweep of the Braves since 2006 and the first DH sweep of the Braves in Atlanta since July 7,1987…
Matt Harvey started off the day on a very high note, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning. And it looked highly possible from the way Harvey was throwing. Every pitch was on point, especially his fastball that was topping in the high 90s and one that was even recorded at 100 mph! From the moment he stepped out on the mound, there was something electric about his pitching and presence, even more so than usual. He was hungry for a win! It was as if Harvey resolved to not giving up any runs since giving up only one or two meant a no-decision/loss for him in his last few games. A dribbler towards first base from Heyward (that Harvey grounded and tossed over to first, but Duda had already vacated the base so no one was there) ended his no-hit bid. Although the second no-hitter in franchise history would have been amazing, Harvey threw what was one of the best games of his short career in the Major Leagues and one of the best pitched games I have seen in a long time. With all the hype and excitement around Wheeler’s debut, Harvey made it a point that he is still the man around here no matter what. His day finished in the 8th with the bases loaded and no outs as he handed the ball over to the bullpen. He admitted to being tired and was upset with himself for not letting Terry Collins know this, giving the Braves a chance to get back in the game. But thankfully Bobby Parnell came in with a 4-3 lead and got the 4 out save. Harvey recorded that elusive 6th win and finished with this line- 7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (all of which scored after he left the game), 3 BB, and a career-high 13 K!! He threw 116 pitches, 74 of which were strikes. Check out Harvey’s dominant start here.
Following Harvey’s incredible performance, Zack Wheeler took the mound for the night game of this doubleheader with lights shining and all eyes on him. He started off a little shaky, which was to be expected, walking his first batter, but showed why he is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball as the game went on.
Wheeler went after this strong Braves lineup and didn’t even flinch about making his pitches. His control could have been better, but this was his first start and no one could have asked for a better start. After throwing six of his first seven pitches for balls, David Wright came to the mound to calm Zack down and it seemed to help. Wheeler threw six scoreless innings of four hit ball with seven strikeouts. Of his 102 pitches, 55 of those were thrown for strikes. It was also great to see Wheeler get out of tough situations. He used his pitches wisely and showed that he could get out of trouble. That is important to see in a young pitcher! Once Wheeler finished his night in the sixth, it was up to the Mets offense in the top of the 7th to give him a chance for the win. Cue Anthony Recker and a two-run blast to dead center! I was skeptical about Recker catching Wheeler, but boy did that pay off! With Wheeler in position for the win, the Mets offense got some things going following a great hustle play double from Marlon Byrd. The Mets bullpen and offense were able to get the win for Wheeler in his MLB debut and Mets fans couldn’t have been happier with yesterday’s events! Congrats to Zack on a great debut! Check out Wheeler’s stellar start here.
With all the excitement surrounding yesterday’s Super Tuesday, another milestone was kind of overshadowed- David Wright’s 1,500th career hit! It came in the top of the ninth in Game 2 off of Cory Gearrin as his second hit of the game. He is only the 2nd NY based player to reach 1,500 hits with a .300 BA and over 200 home runs for his career. The other six who have achieved this feat are all in the Hall of Fame including Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth! What an honor this must be for David! He just continues to give the Mets and their fans something to be proud of! Congrats to David on a much deserved milestone! #VoteWrightNow
IN OTHER NEWS… **Scott Atchison is most likely headed to the DL after being brought up following Justin Turner being placed on the DL with a left intercostal injury. While warming up in the 7th yesterday in relief of Zack Wheeler, Scott sustained a groin injury that looked pretty painful. Judging from his walk off the field, the DL is probably impossible to avoid. **The Mets top draft pick, Dominic Smith, will officially sign with the team today for a reported $2.6 millon. As a senior out of Serra High School in California, Smith hit .493 with 38 RBIs and seven homers. He will most likely report to the Gulf Coast League Mets to begin his time with the organization. **In an effort to improve our outfield, the Mets have acquired Eric Young, Jr. from the Colorado Rockies late last night in exhange for Collin McHugh. Young plays all three outfield positions as well as second base and is known for having some speed. This seems like a smart move for the team. **Collin Cowgill was designated for assignment, pretty much cutting ties with the center fielder who did not work out for the team.