No, you don't have to check your
calendar. There is no presidential election this year and it is not February.
Instead, there is a much more important Super Tuesday happening tomorrow. The New
York Mets face the Atlanta Braves in a double header tomorrow at Turner Field
in Atlanta. Normally, this would be a day just like any other for Mets fans,
but tomorrow is different. Tomorrow Mets fans will see two shining glimmers of
hope for their organization take the mound – Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
Harvey has already proven himself
this year. His win-loss record does not do him justice. Harvey is currently
5-1. However, in his last 10 starts he is only 1-1 with eight no decisions! The
one loss came against the St. Louis Cardinals, who are arguably the best team
in the majors. However, even in his one loss Harvey was still phenomenal, allowing
only one earned run in seven innings, but with the Mets sub-par offense that
was enough. Harvey's 2.04 ERA ranks third in the majors and second in the
National League. Harvey has also struck out 102 batters, sixth most in the
majors and third in the National League. His WHIP ratio ([walks+hits]/innings
pitched) is best in the National League at 0.91, and hitters are only batting
.197 against the young right-hander, also ranking third in the NL. Harvey would
perhaps be in the hunt for the Triple Crown if he were on a team that knew how
to swing the bat. Regardless of his win-loss record, the rest of the numbers
don't lie and we will definitely be seeing Harvey at Citi Field for the
All-Star Game on July 16th. Harvey has become a hitter's nightmare
and is just as much of a threat as any other pitcher in the majors.
Wheeler has not thrown a single
pitch in the majors. However, most Mets fans who have been looking for
something to look forward to have placed all of their eggs in Wheeler's basket.
He has been the glimmer of hope that many fans are hoping will emerge and save
the Mets from having a 100-loss season. In Las Vegas pitching for the Mets AAA
team, Wheeler is 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA. He has struck out 73 batters in only 68.2
innings and hitters are batting only .236 against the 23-year-old. With the
Mets season on the verge of a total collapse, this start will prove vital in
making a good first impression on New York. If Wheeler wins, we will all praise
him and hope he turns out to be another Matt Harvey. If he loses, relentless
Mets fans like me will continue to sink deeper in their sorrows.
Some people that read this are
going to ask one question – Who cares? The Mets right now are 25-39 and 13.5
games back in both their division and the Wild Card race. It would take a
miracle for the team to make the playoffs, and with the lowest batting average
in the National League, those dreams are more or less unrealistic. However,
true Mets fan like myself are used to this type of disappointment, yet we stick
with our team. We true fans have to find the ray of sunshine that beams through
the cloud always hanging over our heads. This season may be lost, but as we are
very used to saying, there is always next year.