For a day, at least, Mets Nation was on the edge of panic for Matt Harvey. Luckily, a mystery illness turned out to be a minor blood clot that was passed, and the Dark Knight will be on the mound to kick off the season Sunday night.
Still, there are questions to be answered. Yes, Harvey looked incredible last season, not including the innings-limit B.S., finishing with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
He’s a special talent, but the talent looked very on-edge during the preseason. Whether it can be attributed to the UTI or some other distraction, a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched is never a good sign.
But, don’t worry…yet. When there’s one ace struggling, there will be another two or three to pick him up.
How’s that for reassuring a fan-base?
It’s hard to put the face of the Mets franchise on a list of question marks, but I wouldn’t be doing my job by leaving him out.
The Captain missed all of four months last season due to his degenerative back condition known as Spinal Stenosis.
Wright returned to the lineup in a late August matchup against the Phillies, where he mashed a two-run bomb on the first pitch he saw.
Still, there are concerns that go along with the talented third baseman. He didn’t look extraordinary, other than that first AB in his return, and he looked straight-up terrible in the 2015 playoffs, save for a critical RBI single in the NLDS against the Dodgers, and a Game 3 World Series home run.
In short, Mets fans need to hope and pray the power that the 33-year old Wright who used to be able to create through the torque of his swing does not completely vanish.
The goal from Mets GM Sandy Alderson is for El Capitan to play around 130 games this season. In all honesty though, nobody truly knows how fair an estimate that is until opening night comes around.