The New York Mets are not a baseball team any longer, but are now a circus.
When the organization is not mishandling player injuries, they are taking snapshots using sex toys as props and when they are in desperate need of healthy pitchers they suspend one.
Former New York ace Matt Harvey, who at one time was the centerpiece of the franchise, was at the center of the latest circus act.
The Mets front office suspended Harvey and sent him home for three days without pay due to violating club rules.
Team manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson would not divulge to the public any details about Harvey’s suspension, although Fox Sports said Harvey was suffering from a migraine on Saturday and failed to report for clubhouse work.
Collins told the media in the Mets clubhouse that the information about Harvey would be kept in-house where it should be. He called the decision a difficult one but one that needed to be done.
Collins did say that rules had been broken and the organization took a stance.
If there was anyone siding with Harvey, they certainly did not express their thoughts, with a number of players saying the suspension was understandable.
It is not known if Harvey will be filing a grievance for being suspended but regardless it is just the latest in a line of stories that have caused the Mets to become a circus of sorts.
The Mets were on a roll, winning three straight, scoring five runs or more in 9 straight games and then came Sunday. Harvey did not start and the Mets started Adam Wilk a journeyman who was rocked for six runs on eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings in the Mets loss of 7-0.
The New York rotation is already an infirmary and now with Harvey suspended becomes all the worse. Jacob deGrom is the only starter from the quintet that opened the season who remains.
Ace Noah Syndergaard will miss up to three months due to a lat tear; Steve Matz and Seth Lugo have yet to pitch this season; and Harvey with an ERA of 5.14 has been told to sit.
It is not surprising Tommy Milone was claimed by the Mets from Milwaukee on Sunday. The everyday lineup for the Mets, which is the oldest in all of the majors, is also a mess.
Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, David Wright and Travis d’Araud are all on the team’s disabled list and Asdrubal Cabrera was injured Saturday and will likely join them.
On Wednesday, casinos and sportsbook sites updated its odds for teams to win the World Series and made a big change for the Mets. And from the looks of things it may not be a bad play this summer. Stay tuned it could be a summer to remember for New York fans and followers.