The Future is Now: Matt Harvey
The Mets have lost six straight games and are seeing the second shoe drop and the air leaking out of the balloon, so why not call up Matt Harvey?
After suffering six straight losses stemming back from last Sunday, the Mets look as if their ship to October has set sail and will not have the boys from Flushing on board. However, with all of the young talent and first year players on the team, why not see what the future holds and call up the prized prospect that Mets scouts have been raving about.
After hearing rumblings of a possible call-up for Saturday’s spot start at home against the Dodgers, Matt Harvey’s name was thrown around to take that spot. Coming off of an impressive outing Monday afternoon, Harvey hurled 6 2/3 innings of three hit, two run ball in Buffalo’s 4-2 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens. On the year Harvey is 7-4 with a 3.34 ERA and 106 strikeouts. His breaking stuff has was impressive against Toledo in which he struck out 4 mud hens but produced a steady diet of fly balls,6, and used both sides of the plate to baffle Toledo hitters.
After a solid performance in Buffalo, Mets GM Sandy Alderson confirmed that Harvey will not be making the start on Saturday, the start will go to journeyman Miguel Batista. Batista, 41, is coming off a rough relief appearance in Washington, a game in which he pitched 2/3 of an inning allowing two runs on two hits in the Mets 4-3 loss to the Nationals. After the game Batista called the Mets, “the best team in baseball”. It’s great that Batista feels so highly of what looks like the last Major League team he’ll ever pitch for, but who are we kidding? At 46-45, the Mets are currently on a six game losing streak and the schedule doesn’t get much easier in the next two weeks leading up to the trade deadline.
The Mets will come home for the weekend and play the Dodgers for a weekend series and then the Nationals for the second time in two weeks before heading out west for a much dreaded road trip, the trip that has never bode in the Mets favor.
With Terry Collins’ background as the minor league coordinator, why not give Harvey a chance, what is the risk? Bringing up Harvey will not only add depth to the pitching rotation but will get the prospects feet wet.
The Mets look as if they will miss the postseason for the sixth consecutive season and reach irrelevancy before the trade deadline for the fourth straight season. This is the perfect opportunity for Alderson to put his money (or lack of) where his mouth is.
If these prospects are all the rave, why not show your fan base that these players are the future. For a franchise that recently said they are in a “wait and see” approach, it appears as if the Mets will fail to make a move at the deadline that will benefit the team.
For a fan base that has had a frustrating couple of years, the 2012 team is a special team in that it is way ahead of schedule. Players like Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Jordany Valdespin appear to be the players of the future, and under Collins have shown that the only way to break into the big leagues is to stare adversity in the face and fight through it. Nieuwenhuis, and Valdespin have shown promise through roller coaster first seasons and will only improve if exposed to the big leagues.
If Harvey were to come up and get shelled, what is the worst that can happen, it seems as if Collins teaches resiliency to his young group and can be beneficial to a young Harvey.
Collins has also preached that once players put on the New York Mets uniform, they are in the big leagues for a reason, to contribute, to win.
Let Harvey contribute.