If you’re a Met fan today, be happy. Yes I know the Mets just got swept by the Atlanta Braves. And yes I’m aware the Mets are three games over .500 and are going through a rough part of their schedule. But put that all aside for now because the Mets should be excited.
Highly lauded Met prospect Matt Harvey pitched last night for AAA Buffalo Bison. Harvey was under the microscope this particular start. Since the injury of Dillon Gee, the Mets are looking for someone to take his spot and ultimately be the number five starter for the Mets. Some of the candidates include Jeremy Heffner, Miguel Batista, and Matt Harvey.
We’ve all seen what Heffner and Batista could do in the starting rotation. Both of them had a couple of moments where they looked like a great pitcher to have in your starting rotation. Other times you just want to turn away from what you are seeing from them.
Met fans have been hearing Harvey’s name for a while now. The young right-hander out of North Carolina was picked seventh. He was known to have electric stuff, but at times could be erratic. Well Harvey has been working on his command and seems to have much more control than what he had once he was drafted.
Matt Harvey has had a spectacular season. This season Harvey has a 2.53 ERA in the minors. He has 106 strikeouts in 105 innings. He’s the type of pitcher that could get out of trouble with his command of his pitches. On Monday, Harvey gave up two runs over six innings pitched. Not to mention he brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Look, the best option to replace Gee with is easily Harvey. I have a lot of faith in the type of pitcher he is. I wouldn’t want Batista or Heffner to start for my team. The organization has been talking about Harvey for the longest time now. Isn’t it about time they gave him a chance to pitch in the majors?
I get that the Mets don’t want to rush Harvey. And neither would I. But he’s ready. Look at the numbers he has put up in the minors. They’ve been impressive. The guy strikes out a bunch of hitters and he’s proven to have much better command of his pitches. Wally Backman agrees that Harvey is ready for the majors. The Mets are flirting with going a couple of games under .500 so Harvey might be the spark the Mets need. Now is the time of season when teams go from contenders to pretenders so the Mets need to stay in the thick of things to make it to October this year.