You have to question the Mets' decision to pull Matt Harvey after 8 innings. I'm not here to take anything away from the Nationals' 2-1 win over the Mets on Friday night. But I am here to point out the outcome may have been different had the Mets not yanked Matt Harvey before the 9th.
Harvey threw only 99 pitches over 8 innings. He was dominant and efficient as usual. Hindsight is always 20-20 but perhaps Harvey could have at least started the 9th inning, if not finished it. Four key things jump out at me in this situation:
1. Rendon and Zimmerman began the inning, and both are right handed hitters.
2. Zimmerman is the Nationals' most clutch hitter. The Mets coaching staff should be aware of that.
3. Harvey pitched a 1-2-3 8th inning, showing no signs of laboring.
4. It was a TIE GAME! It's not like the Mets were handing the ball to their closer with a lead. The game was tied. Why wouldn't you want your best pitcher on the mound in a tie game in the 9th?
The Nats will take a win anyway they can at this point. But they caught a break last night, and it's about time.