Just when New York Mets fans thought we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we were all thrown back in the pit of darkness.
We all heard the news that Mets star pitcher and future of the franchise Matt Harvey has been put on the DL for a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, and will miss the rest of the season. Okay, so the Mets aren’t going anywhere anyway, so Harvey should just rest his elbow and be ready for next year right?
With any type of tear to the UCL in a pitcher’s elbow comes the three words nobody ever wants to hear, and that is Tommy John Surgery. Harvey will most likely need surgery in order for his UCL to heal and if that is indeed true, then that will cause him to not only to miss the rest of this season, but all of next season as well.
With the Mets planning on spending money this free agency in order to make a push for the Wild Card next season, all of those plans are now put on hold for another year. Whether the Mets go out and sign free agents this offseason is not going to matter because without Harvey, the Mets aren’t even close to being a playoff team.
Now I’m not knocking Zack Wheeler or anything, but I still think he is not good enough yet to be the no. 1 pitcher on anyone’s starting staff, including the Mets.
Who knows what will eventually come of this. Some pitchers get even stronger and throw harder after Tommy John Surgery, and some become just a shell of their former selves. Obviously we all hope the former proves to be true with Harvey.
Only time will tell what the Mets’ future holds, but I definitely know for a fact that next season is going to be yet another long and boring one for Mets fans.