The New York Mets (25-18) entered the season as favorites to win the NL East but have been unable to create separation with Washington. In fact, the Nationals (27-17) lead the Mets by one-and-a-half games in the division.
Comedian and longtime Mets fans Jim Breuer isn’t worried.
“We’re fine right now,” Breuer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We’re exactly where we want to be. Let the Nationals get all cocky. They can’t live at this pace for a while. It’s only a matter of time before it even outs. I’m loving (Yoenis) Cespedes. He’s fine. I’m loving (Michael) Conforto. (Asdrubal) Cabrera, huge. He is this year what (Curtis) Grandson was last year.”
Cespedes, Conforto and Cabrera rank first through third, respectively, on the team in batting average and have combined for 24 home runs, 74 RBIs, 28 doubles and 62 runs.
The pitching, meanwhile, has been solid as expected, but Matt Harvey is struggling. The 27-year-old is 3-6 with a 5.77 ERA.
“Here’s what I think is wrong with Harvey – just me as an outsider,” Breuer said. “People think, ‘Oh, it’s his arm.’ No, it’s head. He’s a star. He’s not on the headlines. He’s got this beautiful blonde 6-6 boy (Noah Syndergaard) stealing the headlines. Last year, (Jacob) deGrom was stealing the headlines.”
Potential jealousy issues aside, Breuer also questions Harvey’s nutrition.
“The chin is not from chicken,” he said. “It doesn’t look like late-night snacking (on) nachos. It looks like something else is going on there. He’s a little thick. I get a little thick whenever I have a little (alcohol). I’m not making accusations, but maybe he should talk to CC (Sabathia). I don’t know. Who knows?”
Breuer, 48, believes athletes and entertainers are similar in several ways. They usually have a lot of handlers and a lot of people telling them how great they are.
Sometimes that clouds the big picture.
“Here’s my true advice (to aspiring comedians),” Breuer said. “Are you doing it because you know and you love it and you got the passion and you’re in for the long run? Or do you want some leather pants and a kangaroo and a pet puma? Are you doing it for that? Because that burns energy real quick, so you better wrap your head around what you really want. The money will come.”
While Breuer believes Harvey can turn things around, he wouldn’t be too upset if the Mets moved him for another bat. Brandon Tierney asked Breuer if he would trade Harvey and deGrom for Mike Trout.
“No, no way.” Breuer said. “No way. You just depleted your pitching staff.”
Perhaps, Tierney said, but you’d still have Syndergaard and potentially the best player in baseball.
“Doesn’t matter,” Breuer said. “You still got to pitch and hold the other team down. That’s insanity. That’s moronic. That’s slicing your own throat.”