Tuesday was one of those days that baseball fans in this town will remember for years to come.
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst, Mets fans were in for a treat Tuesday as their future was on display in a double header against the Atlanta Braves. Matt Harvey, the Mets young ace, took the mound for game 1 of the double header and got the day off to the right start. Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Atlanta, which was broken up by a Jason Heyward squib up the first baseline that ended with Harvey flipping the ball to an empty first base which Lucas Duda never covered. Harvey improved to 6-1 on the year, allowing three earned runs on three hits with a career high 13 strikeouts and three walks over seven plus innings.
Then it was on to the main event as Mets prospect Zack Wheeler was poised to take the mound for the first time of his big league career.
Wheeler, who struggled early with his command, got himself under control in a hurry, attacking the Braves lineup with his powerful fastball. In the end the Wheeler showed Mets fans exactly what they wanted to see - throwing 102 pitches over six strong innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven on his way to his first major league win.
Mets manager Terry Collins was impressed with the performance of his two young starters:
For Mets fans, who have long suffered as their team seemingly sought out new ways to disappoint, Tuesday was a long awaited and much needed shot in the arm for the franchise. If Yesterday’s performance from the Mets two young aces was any indication of how the future will look, then Mets fans have every reason to be very optimistic about the teams outlook.
The New York Mets will not be winning any division titles, pennants or world series this year but that wont stop fans some sporting wide smiles today, and having an extra hitch in their step as they go about their days. Mets fans, who have suffered through countless broken promises, finally had something to celebrate.
The promise was that the future was on display Tuesday night. After all was said and done, that future looks brighter than ever.