harvey cespedes mets WBC
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Remember how we got a little Mets nostalgia on Wednesday thanks to some stellar play in the World Baseball Classic from Ruben Tejada? Well, it’s gone into overload for the Italy-Cuba matchup.

These two squads faced off in Taiwan as a part of Pool A action. This matchup is Italy’s first of the tournament, while Cuba is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Netherlands. There was plenty of Mets flavor right off the bat, as Mike Piazza is Team Italy’s manager.

It also looks like he brought back his patented mustache for the competition, too. Check out this picture of him and Matt Harvey from a couple of weeks ago:

Clearly got the goatee going on. And now, here he is during Team Italy’s opener:

But wait, the Mets nostalgia got better, folks. Harvey started this game against Cuba, which quickly led to a matchup that’ll make any 2015 Mets fan’s brain explode:

That matchup led to a groundout for Cespedes, who is hitless through his first five at-bats of the tournament. You can see the result of this battle below:

He also dropped this ball in left field, which led to another run for Italy:

So, yea — the results just haven’t been there yet for Cespy in the WBC.

Meanwhile, Harvey produced three scoreless innings before exiting. He induced six ground-ball outs while surrendering two hits and one walk with no strikeouts. As Metsmerized’s Mike Mayer notes, the right-hander averaged 89 mph on his fastball and topped out at 90.

At the time of this article’s publishing, both squads are locked in a 2-2 tie as they head to the ninth inning after Cuba tied things up in the bottom of the eighth.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.