It is fair to say that people enjoy watching spectacles. A spectacle catches the eyes of its audience. It makes the viewer pay closer attention through well-deserved admiration and respect. When Matt Harvey takes the mound every six days or so for the New York Mets, the audience begins to routinely admire the visually striking performance that he brings to the diamond start after start, eventually leading to a path of success for an organization.
After soaring to his eighth victory of the season Sunday afternoon, it is fair to say that Harvey is the new word for spectacle. The Mets ace put together another magnificent line of work, pitching seven innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, and recording 10 strikeouts. The 24 year-old dazzled his audience once again with another outstanding performance from one of the newest sensations in the sport.
Proving to his fan base that he always tries his best, Harvey especially does it when it matters the most. Coming into the rubber game of this series with the Phillies, the Mets knew that a win would be key for momentum heading into a four game series with the Atlanta Braves. Harvey knew that importance just as much, giving his all on the mound and providing his team with the best chance to win against Cliff Lee and the pesky Phillies.
As usual, Harvey was not the only Met on point in the victory. The bats of David Wright and Marlon Byrd also contributed to the win, going back to back with first inning home runs and giving their ace a much appreciated cushion to work with. Wright hit his 15th dinger of the year and Byrd hit his team-leading 17th homer of the season, ever so increasing his stock value for the trade deadline, something that possess a great deal of interest for the Mets' front office.
The Mets now find themselves at 43-51 and eight games under .500 for the first time since May 31st. With the opportunity to gain a ton of ground on the first place Braves, New York realizes that this is their time to be most productive on the field. For a ball club that has a lot to gain and a little to lose, they could not ask for a better opportunity to climb in the standings with Atlanta coming into town for four games.
The Mets are hoping that this can turn into the beginning of a new chapter in this franchise's history books. This chapter consists of a long awaited successful second half to a season and a successful string of seasons for years to come. In order for the Mets to turn things around as they try to catch a spark before a long, cold winter, it all begins and ends with their ace Matt Harvey.
Harvey, now 8-2, leads the National League with 157 strikeouts and is just third with a 2.23 ERA. His numbers are stellar, but the most important category for such a modest pitcher and a team player is the number of wins he earns for his team. With expectations on the rise, Harvey knows that he is being counted on giving his team the best chance to win every time he steps onto that rubber.
Along with the determination of this ball club, a spectacle on the mound is an essential piece to a rebuilding team's path towards success. A spectacle provides an audience. An audience provides admiration and respect. Admiration and respect provides excitement, eventually leading to a team that is expected to win. Harvey has opened the door to the desired excitement and success that this Mets organization craves. With this pathway in the distance, the New York Mets are beginning to move in the right direction.