The Davidson Wildcats are the darlings of this year’s college baseball tournament, and by rights they have no business being in the super regional round. But here they are.
Davidson came into No. 2 overall national seed North Carolina’s regional in Chapel Hill as the 4 seed. They beat the second-best team in the country on the tournament’s opening day, 8-4. Center fielder Cam Johnson blasted in three RBI, and the Wildcats needed not a single home run to best their hosts.
In the first winners bracket game, they faced down hard-hitting, pesky Florida Gulf Coast, 2-1, in a game that doesn’t feel as close as the score would indicate. Slinger Evan Roberts gave eight stellar innings on the mound, earning just the one run and throwing 67 strikes on 90 pitches. Again, no homers were required to hand FGCU its first loss of the round.
Injuries are always bad news, but Harvey has also struggled plenty in 2017, and this isn’t the first instance of his velocity dropping or performance suffering due to health, either. So a few weeks of rest might be good for Harvey in the long run, even if it’s a negative in the present. Who knows how long and in what ways this scapula bone issue was manifesting itself before this literal breaking point: Maybe it’s tied into his drop in strikeouts, the rise in walks and homers, and his 5.25 ERA.
It also might have nothing to do with any of that, but we’ll have a better idea of just what Harvey’s issue is after he’s recovered from this injury and can get on the mound again. Both Harvey and the Mets need to figure it out soon, though, whether you think 2017 is a lost cause or not.