This evening marks the second time in the last calender year that a Grade-A capital-P Pitching Prospect has been recalled by the Mets. And whether you believe TINSTAAPP or not, it will be one of the few silver linings in this horrible sow's ear of a season (mixed metaphor alert!). Last year it was Matt Harvey, who I immediately saw as the future, and then this happened. I stand by my unabashed love of #33 and look forward to every one of his starts; they are usually the highlight of my week - though lately the Mets can't seem to score more than one stinking run for him *sigh* (UPDATE: they actually scored more than one run this afternoon for him and the bullpen tried to give them all back *double sigh*). Tonight during the second game of a day/night doubleheader against the hated Braves we'll see the debut of the spoils of the Carlos Beltran trade, Zack Wheeler.
I have not gone 'all in' the way I have with Matt Harvey, but I have picked up a few of his cards here and there. You will notice that I do not even have a complete page of him (yet) but the three I have in the Mets books share a page with the overflow of Harvey's.
The bottom three are currently in top loaders, but I will be moving them to the books. The middle Bowman Platinum card is a refractor and it is much shinier than the scanner wants you to think. I especially like the high leg kick follow through shown on the Bowman's Best card there.
Are Harvey and Wheeler going to be a 21st Century Seaver and Koosman or the second coming of Generation K (would that be Generation L *pinky to lip*)? Obviously I am rooting for the former and only time will tell. We have seen that Harvey is the goods and on a team with even competent hitting, he would have 9 or 10 wins by now (though his other numbers so far are marvelous). I was very impressed with what I saw from Wheeler in spring training, and while his minor league stats are not overwhelming, one has to remember that he's been pitching in Las Vegas (notorious hitter's haven) and he has been frustrated by the Mets keeping him in the minors to protect his arbitration clock - he is convinced he has long been ready for the big time. I certainly hope he can channel that bravado into some good pitching so I can have two reasons every five days to watch this awful team.