Terry Collins told reporters this morning Jeremy Hefner will start against Stephen Strasburg in Wednesday’s series finale against the Nationals.
Collins did not say who might start Thursday’s series opener against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, although both Collin McHugh and Matt Harvey are considered options for that start.
Harvey allowed six runs and seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in five innings to the Charlotte Knights in his start for Triple-A Buffalo last night, and has a 3.68 ERA for the season.
McHugh is 1-3 with a 4.54 ERA in seven starts for Buffalo, having allowed 19 earned runs, 35 hits, and 16 walks in 37 2/3 innings.
Michael Baron: If the Mets decide to promote Harvey, it makes a lot of sense to give him a few starts on the road before pitching at Citi Field. The immediate short-term schedule affords him that opportunity, as he could theoretically get start three times on the road before making his first start at Citi Field (Thursday in Phoenix, the following Tuesday in San Francisco, and two weeks from today in San Diego). That could help him ease into the big leagues, iron out his initial nerves, and hopefully get him into some kind of rhythm before pitching at home for the first time.
Toby Hyde: Harvey certainly is walking too many batters. However, in doing so, to be intellectually consistent, you must acknowledge that McHugh is less ready to help the Mets. He’s walked more batters, struck out fewer, given up more hits and almost two runs per game more in fewer innings. The argument for calling up McHugh would essentially be: Harvey is so valuable to the Mets that the team cannot afford to let him struggle in the big leagues.