New York Mets v Atlanta Braves - Game Two

We have to get it out of the way early: the 2013 Mets are bad. Very bad. Tied with the Astros in the win column bad. That’s bad. That might even be Bad, were they not the Mets.

Things won’t always be like this for the Mets. Things, after yesterday’s doubleheader sweep of the Braves, look like they won’t be too bad for long. No matter your feelings on the elusiveness of young pitching, the Mets have the sort of talent in their starting rotation to bring around even the most ardent lolMetser.

The first game of the doubleheader featured the present and future king of Flushing, Matt Harvey. Matt Harvey did Matt Harvey things to the Braves lineup, striking out 13 and carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Harvey lost his no-no bid on a controversial scoring decision on a rather hilarious play. lolMets indeed.

Despite that play and the ugly machinations of the bullpen (via Terry Collins), nobody will be loling at Matt Harvey’s final line.

Pitching IP H R BB SO HR ERA BF Pit StS GSc
Matt Harvey, W (6-1) 7 3 3 3 13 0 2.16 26 116 23 69
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Generated 6/19/2013.

As if that dominant performance by Matt Harvey wasn’t enough, the Mets other blue chip pitching prospect, Zack Wheeler, made his big league debut in the nightcap. Wheeler came to the Mets just over two years ago in a trade with the Giants for Carlos Beltran. The Giants tried to push their way back into the playoffs and gave up a single-A pitcher to get him.

Now that single-A pitcher is ready for the big leagues, as his 97 mph fastball proudly attest. Wheeler wasn’t perfect but he kept the Braves off the scoreboard for six innings, striking out seven along the way.

With Wheeler and Harvey, the Mets look to have as good a future top of their rotation as anyone. David Wright isn’t going anywhere, Jon Niese was once a solid middle of the rotation arm.

If the Mets wanted to, I mean really wanted to, they might be able to field quite the competitive club next season. Spend some money on the likes of Shin-Soo Choo and/or Jacoby Ellsbury…maybe they’re closer to respectability. Maybe they’re already there.

If it was that easy, everybody would do it. But the Mets look to have taken care of the hard part – they have front line pitching and maybe more on the way. They have a franchise player locked up long term. Maybe the pieces fall in for the Mets and they rise up to challenge the best of the NL East. Or maybe they Mets it up. Considering all their talent, even the Mets shouldn’t be able to screw this up.

And the rest

The Wall Street Journal suggests there is still a lot of lolMetsery to go around. [WSJ]

How Clayton Kershaw broke ZiPS (hint: it’s because he’s very good.) [ESPN Insider ($)]

Speaking of the Wall Street Journal, they kicked it old school yesterday in honor of the Dodgers and Yankees playing in New York. [Extry Extry]

A closer look at Giancarlo Stanton and his 100 home runs. [SI Strike Zone]

Keeping it in the NL East, the Nats are apparently zombies now?

Wil Myers made his big league debut yesterday, picking up his first hit and striking out twice in seven at bats across both ends of a doubleheader in Boston. Here’s how the Rays can build a better batting lineup with Myers in the mix. [DRays Bay]


Looking at Hisahi Iwakuma’s splitter, the best in the game question mark [Lookout Landing]

You like GIFs? HAVE ALL THE GIFS IN THE WORLD, ALL AT ONCE! [Fangraphs on Dickey]

The Uptons! Fridays at 8:30, after Community, on NBC!

The San Francisco Chronicle has all the latest on San Jose’s decision to sue Major League Baseball. Yikes. [SF Chron]