The Mets had the 7th pick in last night’s amateur draft, and they used it on Matt Harvey, a pitcher from UNC Chapel Hill. Harvey is from Mystic, Connecticut and has just finished his junior year. His career record is 22-7; and he has a 3.73 ERA in 54 games (he started 43 of these games) and a WHIP of 1.44. The W/L sounds good, but the ERA and the WHIP don’t do much for me. His strikeouts to walks ratio, however, at 2.12:1 is very good. Metsblog has a discussion about this pick. Maybe they’ll assign him to St Lucie and I’ll get to see him play the Marauders at McKechnie Field (a girl can hope!).
Who knows how long it will take him to sign — his agent is, after all, Scott Boras (a.k.a. $cott Bora$). Boras is Pelfrey’s agent too, and it took him almost a year to sign. And many of us remember the agita he gave us during the Carlos Beltran saga.
And then there’s the Alex Rodriguez soap opera. I think the less said about that, the better. If you don’t know or don’t remember, check out the Wikipedia entry. I don’t normally quote Wikipedia, but this one is worth reading.
Today’s NY Post has an article echoing what I said the other day, namely that a team cannot have such a horrible road record and expect to be taken seriously as a playoff contender. The article does make a point of saying, however, that they have a chance to win some games on the road — their next road trip includes stops in Baltimore (16-21 overall, 10-16 at home) and Cleveland (21-35 overall, 8-15 at home). Unfortunately, however, playing a bad team hasn’t stopped the Mets from being horrible on the road — they did lose 2 of 3 to Milwaukee at Miller Park. Milwaukee’s home record is 8-16 — and 2 of those wins came against the Mets.
And, last but not least, SI’s Jeff Pearlman has a column on the Mets’ most selfish player, Oliver Perez. His ERA’s over 6 and he refused to go to Buffalo to try to work things out. What a putz.