Matt Harvey Applesauce: Harvey set to debut tonight as the Mets look to actually win

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Matt Harvey #70 of the New York Mets pitches during a preseason game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

The trade deadline is fast approaching, and the Mets managed to lose out for their entire homestand yesterday as they spiral out of the race. Yet today I wake up feeling extremely excited. Funny how that works, isn't it? We'll look at a lot more Matt Harvey further down the applesauce, but for now let's start with yesterday's game. Here's the box, here's the recap, now let's never speak of it again.

There were a few other items that involve the Mets to get to as well. Tim Byrdak and Josh Thole had a little bit of a communication issue in yesterday's game. It happens. Byrdak and Scott Hairston seem to be the popular Mets floating around the TRAID rumor mill at the moment as well. I doubt either will net much in the way of a return, but it does make sense to listen if the right offer comes in. Finally in the non-Harvey news, the Mets made a roster move. Mike Nickeas was finally sent down to AAA, and the almost equally unimpressive Rob Johnson was called up. It might be worth adding a catcher this winter.

Matt Harvey:

With Matt Harvey making his debut tonight, I thought we'd take a trip down memory lane. Here's a few articles from the past as we watch the excitement build around Harvey:

Around Baseball:

The Braves managed to top the mid-firesale Marlins yesterday by a 7-1 scoreline. I'd imagine we'll see an awful lot more losing in south Florida as the season winds down. Attendance will be fun to watch, won't it?

Unfortunately, Ryan Dempster will not be joining the Braves to bolster their pitching staff. I was really excited that they were willing to ship out as good a prospect as Delgado for a handful of starts, but unfortunately Dempster doesn't want to play there. It's hard to blame him I guess.

With the minnows in full firesale mode, questions naturally arose about Jose Reyes. Howard Megdal still contends that Reyes did not make a mistake in choosing Miami. I'm not so sure, as I really thought this was easy to see coming from Miami, but it's hard to fault the logic here that the Mets weren't a reasonable fit either.

The Phillies won. They're now only 9 games under .500. They also gave Cole Hamels a lot of money. Dave Cameron gives us is take on it here. Grant Brisbee did the same here. In case you were interested, here's what the Phillies payroll situation looked like going forward before the Hamels signing.

Finally for today, Hideki Matsui was DFA'd by the Rays. The Mets shouldn't have even passing interest.

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