Matt Harvey to start on Thursday against D’Backs

Mets RHP prospect Matt Harvey will start Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, the team said today.

Harvey, 23, is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season. He’s allowed 97 hits, 48 walks, nine home runs, and 45 earned runs while striking out 112 in 110 innings.

In 245 2/3 professional innings over the last two seasons, Harvey is 20-10 with a 3.46 in 46 starts, having allowed 95 earned runs, 222 hits, 95 walks, and 18 home runs with 268 strikeouts.

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Michael Baron: Whether or not you agree Harvey is ready for Thursday’s start, it makes a whole lot of sense to call him up at this point. If the decision comes down to Harvey or Collin McHugh, it’s a no brainer. As I said earlier, the immediate short-term schedule affords him an opportunity to get his feet under him and get comfortable before pitching at Citi Field, as he will have three scheduled starts on their upcoming west coast trip (Thursday in Phoenix, the following Tuesday in San Francisco, and two weeks from today in San Diego).

There’s no telling how his command issues will translate at the big league level, but it would be unfair to expect him to be lights out upon his arrival. He clearly still has work to do, especially with his off-speed stuff. But his stuff is electric, and it should be interesting and exciting to watch how this unfolds and see if he can continue to develop at the big league level. Far too often the Mets have rushed pitchers and put them in uncomfortable spots – see Mike Pelfrey and Jenrry Mejia as the most recent examples. I hope this move with Harvey (who has 1 1/2 years of professional experience in the minors under his belt) is the right decision for both him and the organization. Good luck, Matt…