Monday was a huge day at Citi Field, a potential turning point for the season. And it’s not just because they beat the White Sox 1-0. It’s because two key pitchers hopefully turned their seasons around.
Matt Harvey has been pitching terribly all season before turning in a gem — seven shutout innings, two hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
“This isn’t going to mean anything unless I continue this and stay with what we’ve been working on,” Harvey said, looking forward to the rest of the season.
And then there’s Jeurys Familia, who despite being perfect in save situations has been anything but automatic all season. The bottom fell out over the weekend against Los Angeles, when he blew a four-run ninth inning lead, only to be saved by Curtis Granderson, and Sunday, when he came into a tie game in the ninth and allowed two runs. His ERA, which had been at 2.01, more than doubled to 4.07.
He came into a 1-0 came on Monday and came away with the save. It was crucial for him to regain his confidence in himself, and for the Mets and their fans to regain their confidence in him.
Hopefully this will be the start of the dominant Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia to which we have become accustomed. Because without them, a repeat October performance is in severe doubt.