There hasn't been much to be happy about in the second half of the Mets' season — there hasn't been much that hasn't made Mets fans want to smash their face with something heavy — so we wouldn't want the end of Matt Harvey's season to pass without proper notation. The Mets had already announced that last night would be Harvey's final start of the season, so ending it with 7 IP, 7 K, 1 ER, 1 H is an ideal way to do it. All right, the ideal way might not have been to have the Mets blow the lead in the ninth and lose to the Phillies, but hey, it's been that sort of second half.
Yeah, it was another frustrating loss for the Mets last night, thanks to a Ryan Howard homer (his first off a lefthander all season) that assured the Mets their fourth losing season in a row. They actually need to go 12-4 in their last sixteen games to avoid having a worse record than last year. Pretty rough for a team that was only two and a half games out of first on June 30.
But let's not focus on the negative; there's enough of that. Let's look instead at Harvey, the centerpiece of the Mets' future and potentially the team's No. 1 starter for the next five or six years. You couldn't have asked him to do much better this season. In nine starts, he went 3-5 — which just means he pitched for the Mets — with a 2.92 ERA. He still walked a few too many guys (4.0 per nine innings) but that strikeout rate (10.8 per nine innings) is mighty tasty. He threw 52 1/3 innings in the majors this season and 169 1/3 total. It was the right time to shut him down. It would have been perfect had the Mets held on to win. But let's not get greedy.
So, no matter how down you are on the Mets, they have their top young starter healthy and looking like he'll be ready to rock on Day One next year. Not many teams have that. That's something to be happy about. That's something to help you get through the winter. Progress!