Harper: It's clear after Zack Wheeler's latest strong outing that Mets should hold on to up-and-coming starter

Harper: It's clear after Zack Wheeler's latest strong outing that Mets should hold on to up-and-coming starter

In other words, he wasn’t apologizing for anything, and, who knows, maybe there is some intangible issue with him and the Nationals. They’ve never been able to get over the hump in the postseason, and with Harper limping toward his ballyhooed free agency, their season is in trouble as they lag behind the Phillies and Braves in the NL East.

Harper: Top 5 trade deadline deals of the century as the Yankees and Red Sox search for their midseason game changer

Harper: Top 5 trade deadline deals of the century as the Yankees and Red Sox search for their midseason game changer

We’ll probably never see a more selfless player than Sabathia was during his two months in Milwaukee, as he pitched the Brewers to their first postseason since 1982. An impending free agent, Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA, threw seven complete games, three of them shutouts, and made each of his last three starts on three days rest, pushing his innings total to 253 for the year.

Harper: Jose Reyes is still starting for Mets while Jeff McNeil is hitting .393 in Triple-A, and it's just downright absurd

Harper: Jose Reyes is still starting for Mets while Jeff McNeil is hitting .393 in Triple-A, and it's just downright absurd

The Mets had evaluated him as “a lefthanded-hitting T.J. Rivera” going into this season, according to one person, and that’s not such a bad thing in itself, considering Rivera, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, forced his way to the majors as a contact-type .300 hitter, even though he didn’t walk enough to have the high on-base percentage that Sandy Alderson preferred.