I know that nmig, but you know how some fans can get. They see a 24-year-old who's been dominant for most of the season and think that somehow the guy is only going to get better, or will at the very least, somehow maintain. This won't happen with Harvey. Like I've said, we've very likely already seen his best. If he can keep up his July-August numbers (or slightly worse than that) for a number of seasons, we should all be thrilled, as that is ace-level performance, but some will say things like "Why isn't he striking out as many guys?" or "How come he's allowing more hits or why is he giving up more runs?", etc. You are too young to remember, but this is what Dwight Gooden went through after '84 and '85...obviously, there was a LOT more going on behind the scenes and it's only really come out in detail what a mess Doc really was in his memoir, but in the six years after '85, he went a solid 91-40, with a 3.28 ERA in that time. He won 17+ games three times. Even his last two full seasons as a Met, despite him having 10-13 and 12-15 records, really weren't that bad: he had ERAs of 3.67 and 3.45...not great for '92 and '93, but far from awful. He had a 3.05 ERA as a Met from '84-'93. But for Dwight, it was '85-'85-'85, and that's all anyone wanted to talk about...he was always compared to that version of himself, even when he was still clearly an effective pitcher and still one of the very good ones. After '84-'85, he could never give up few enough hits or strike out enough guys...it was like no one could handle him being good-to-very good...he needed to be dominant, all of the time.
I just hope that fans can accept that Harvey can still be plenty terrific, even with ERAs approaching 3.00 and less Ks and more hits allowed (I know there are better numbers than these to measure performance, but a lot of fans still aren't saber-nerds, and many of them never will be), and that they won't continually say "Yeah, Harvey's been good, but in 2013..."
It's just so damned hard to be dominant year after year, especially as a pitcher.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 19 August 2013 - 02:29 PM.