The Mets are four games up on the Washington Nationals in the lead of the NL East, and on the road to their first playoff birth since 2006. Since the dramatic trade deadline, they've had one of the best records in all of baseball. But fans and journalists have been FREAKING OUT over the last 72 hours because of the behind-the-scenes arguing over ace Matt Harvey's innings limits (and because all Mets fans know nothing can go right for the Mets).
Harvey tried to quell the panic today in an essay for The Players' Tribune: "There has never been a doubt in my mind: I will pitch in the playoffs. I will be healthy, active and ready to go," Harvey wrote. "I am communicating with my agent, my doctor, Sandy and the entire Mets organization. I can assure everyone that we’re all on the same page."
Harvey, who is identified as the "New York City Bureau Chief" on the site, continues:
Together, we are coming up with a plan to reach an innings limit during the season. It will be a compromise between the doctors and the Mets organization to get me, and the team, to where we need to be for our postseason run.
I understand the risks. I am also fully aware of the opportunity the Mets have this postseason. Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal.
Once we are there, I will be there.
It seems like things should get back under control now: general manager Sandy Alderson said that he's spoken with the pitcher and his doctor Dr. James Andrews, and it sounds like Harvey will be skipped a few times before the playoffs (...assuming they make the playoffs). "I'm hopeful over the next day or two we can get this all resolved in the best interest of Matt and in the best interest of the Mets," Alderson said. "We're trying to resolve this. I can't even tell you what I've proposed is going to be acceptable. Let's wait and see what happens."
End of the story, right? Welp: the Mets being the Mets, they did the most Mets thing imaginable today and subtweeted Harvey.
— New York Mets (@Mets) September 7, 2015
Maybe quoting a legendary Hall Of Fame pitcher who "threw 350 innings per year without crying" seemed like a savvy move, but maaaaaybe picking a pitcher who was itching to leave the Mets wasn't that smart? And maaaaybe subtweeting one of your stars amidst a tense weekend isn't the best way of moving forward? Maybe?
Anyway, if you're a fan of Mets Hot Takes, this was a truly spectacular weekend: Matt Harvey is a hypocrite! Is David Wright snubbing Harvey? Harvey is no Dark Knight! Don't blame Harvey, this is his career! Harvey should be thanking his agent for looking out for him! On second thought, Harvey has no one to blame but himself! Trade the bum! There can be no forgiveness!
i think that matt harvey should go to prison
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) September 7, 2015