This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
Some really tough news for Mets fans this week with the news that Matt Harvey could be headed for Tommy John surgery. We'll touch on that, a trade and other roster moves in this week's edition of Bats and Balls.
Who is going to "replace" Matt Harvey?
If not for the dominant presence of Clayton Kershaw, Harvey would have been firmly in the running for the NL Cy Young award. That, of course, is out the window with the awful news that Harvey has a partially torn UCL in his elbow, a condition that seems to point toward the Mets' ace undergoing Tommy John surgery. Harvey has a 2.27 ERA (2nd-NL) in 26 starts this year with 191 strikeouts (1st-NL), numbers that Kershaw now appears to be a lock to lead the league in. Hopefully, he's able to avoid surgery, but that seems unlikely. As for who replaces Harvey, no one truly can, but this probably means that both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Carlos Torres will be part of the rotation. As a comp, this is like the Dodgers losing Kershaw and replacing him with Matt Magill.
On the bright side, the Mets do have one of baseball's top prospects in Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard has taken a bit step forward since arriving in the deal involving R.A. Dickey, as he has a 133:28 K:BB and 3.06 ERA between High-A and Double-A this season. He doesn't have Harvey's ceiling (few do), but if he can stay