Matt Harvey did a terrific job of throwing batting practice to the Marlins tonight, surrendering 12 hits in just four innings. In case the Marlins needed more work, Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles were there to take the baton, allowing another five hits and five runs in a brutal fifth inning that required four Mets pitchers to get through. Harvey got off to another rocky start and the wheels completely came off after he surrendered a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth inning.If the idea of implementing a Little League-esque mercy rule in the majors comes up at the winter meetings this year, this game might serve as exhibit A.
Since it’s September, Terry Collins had a lot of extra arms in the bullpen to finish out the game. Otherwise, this would have been a good opportunity for Kevin Plawecki to show off his 80 mph heat. Offensively, the Mets somehow only mustered a single run despite eight hits (three by Nori Aoki) and six walks.
Matt Harvey’s season ERA now stands at 6.59. He’ll likely get two more starts in his nightmare season. Mets’ fans meanwhile, have a dozen more games to watch before the long off-season begins. This diehard, fan would rather watch the Mets lose than any other team in any sport win. At least a few of you reading this feel the same way. Why do we do this to ourselves? Who knows, but as the saying goes, misery loves company.