Saturday was one of the uglier days in the tenure of Terry Collins, now in his third and quite possibly final season as manager of the New York Mets.(1)
Matt Harvey can't really surprise anyone at this point.(2)
Monday night's marathon battle between the Miami Marlins, who have the worst record in the National League, and the New York Mets, losers of five straight, won by the Marlins in 15 innings, 4-3, was uncomfortable to watch.
As Andy Martino of the Daily News put it on Twitter Monday night: "Halladay and Harvey have read everyone's earlies, and I can't stress how classy they are to go along with tonight's storyline."
Expectations couldn't really be higher for Matt Harvey in 2013, with the phenom, on the strength of ten remarkable starts in 2012, likely to be the best pitcher on the New York Mets, and one of the better pitchers on any team.
When accounting for the 2013 New York Mets, it is easier to focus on the things likely to go right, rather than the enormous gaps in the roster that will need to be filled by overachieving, developing or recovering players.
It is worth wondering if Omar Minaya's tenure as general manager of the New York Mets would be viewed differently, or would have lasted longer, if his initial first round draft choice had turned out the way his last one did.
The New York Knicks nearly defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the N.B.A., Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. And there's really only one reason why: J.R. Smith.
The New York Mets are fond, in recent days, of touting their pitching prospects. It is understandable, both because they have a number of notable ones, and because there's not a whole lot of other reasons to get excited about 2013.
Wednesday night's 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox was uncomfortably close, but still a win. The Yankees will take it; the victory allowed them to stay even with the Baltimore Orioles, while both teams moved three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.
This past weekend, the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees played a four-game series that established, for both teams, the ability to take a punch and counter.
The New York Yankees are coming off an awful weekend that leaves them in legitimate peril for the first time of missing the playoffs. And it could have been worse.
The Mets weren't sure about bringing Matt Harvey to the major leagues, just a few weeks ago.