Hearing Harvey and Wheeler Talk About Fatigue, Leaves Me Queasy

 

I turned on Mets-Tigers late yesterday, just in time to see LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison pitch batting practice to those ferocious Detroit Tigers. For a team like the Mets, the Tigers are a most unwelcome opponent they can face; with no automatic outs in that lineup our battered bullpen hasn’t a chance. In fact when it comes to playing good teams, as in a .500 record or better, the Mets are an atrocious 27-41.   

With another loss yesterday, the 4th loss in a row, the Mets are close to that slippery slope of the last five seasons, meaningless games in September. On Friday night with a 3 ring circus of events;Social Media Night, 3rd Eye Bind concert and of course the Mets-Tigers game, the vibe coming though my TV was one of indifference. Folks at the game, said via social media, that there was a big crowd for the game but it seemed a very subdued crowd at that. I mentioned it was the same way watching on TV where it was the first time in a very long time I got the sense that Gary Cohen wished he was anyplace else than the TV booth. It seems this happens ever September, Mets fan suffer losers fatigue.

IT’s not just the fans and broadcasters that suffer from this malaise, both of our young stud starting pitchers, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have said they are running on fumes as well. If that’s the case then why are the Mets looking to run both of these solid foundation pieces out to the mound again this season. If I’m the GM and my two young studs are going public that they have hit the wall, I have to think about shutting them down so not to risk injury. My biggest fear with the two talking about fatigue is that it will alter their mechanics and if that happens, injury will follow.  I’d much rather endure starts from Chris Schwinden and Carlos Torres than risk the very valuable right arms of Harvey and Wheeler.

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  1. Said it before, I will say it again, these guys don’t throw ENOUGH. I am aware the days of 300 innings are gone, but Harvey is 6-4, 240, the only reason these guys are saying is bacause it has been drilled into their heads, they’re supposed to be tired. Just like the BS term, quality start. Since when is a 4.50 ERA quality? Average maybe, but quality? No way in hell is that quality.

  2. Sidd Finch says:

    It sounds like they have hit a wall mentally. It kind of reminds me of Strasburg’s last couple of starts last year. Agree with the 4.50 ERA comment.

  3. Still feel that way? They don’t throw enough, clearly not the case with Harvey

  4. Yes. If you heard Terry Collins speak, then you heard him say Dr. Jobe told him that all the caution and plans don’t mean a thing. If the injury is going to happen, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. To build stamina and strength you have to work the body parts, not avoid it.

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