If Harvey needs surgery it is a crushing blow for the Mets and will certainly set back the franchise a year or two. The Mets have long talked about 2014 being the year they return to competitive form. All signs pointed to that being the year.
The Mets finally whipped themselves clean from their bad contracts with Jason Bay, Johan Santana and Frank Francisco all coming off the books this off season. The Mets already had locked up franchise player David Wright and partnered him with what they believe is the infield of the future with Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy. They also have what they believe is their franchise catcher in Travis d'Arnaud.
The biggest reason giving the Mets hope was their young arms. Harvey along with Zack Wheeler have already proven they can pitch efficiently at the big league level. Those two teamed up with Jon Niese would provide the team with a strong one, two, three punch at the front of the rotation. Minor leaguers Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero have been very effective. The Mets also have Jenrry Mejia and Dillon Gee who have pitched great this season.
There is perhaps no player the Mets were banking on more for the future than Matt Harvey and with good reason. In his first full season he has posted a 2.27 ERA and 191 strike outs in 178 1/3 innings. He will likely finish as a top candidate for the NL CY Young, perhaps only behind Clayton Kershaw. At the young age of only 24 and in his first full season there was no reason to believe he couldn't get even better.
The Mets 2014 plans may be torn along with Harvey's UCL.