Should the Mets promote Matt Harvey?

In 18 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season, Matt Harvey is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA, having allowed 37 earned runs, 87 hits, with 42 walks and 102 strikeouts in 98 1/3 innings.

Harvey pitches tonight against the Toledo Mud Hens, which you can watch live on SNY at 7:00 pm.

This past weekend, Terry Collins said that, in all likelihood, Harvey or Miguel Batista will start next Saturday’s game against the Dodgers at Citi Field.

According to Collins, tonight’s start is essentially an ‘audition,’ since, as Andy McCullough said on Twitter, “A plethora of Mets officials will be there.”

Last week, Wally Backman had the following to say about Harvey’s progress in the Daily News:

[jbox color=”white”]“He’ll take a lump or two if they call him up. But his fastball command is much improved. He can help them. … He’s gotten better at getting the ball down in the zone, hitting his spots with the fastball instead of just overpowering guys at this level. His curveball is major-league quality and he’s getting better with his changeup.”[/jbox]

Over his last 10 starts, Harvey is 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA. He’s allowed 44 hits, 24 walks while striking out 64 in 56 1/3 innings, holding opponents to a .210 average over that span.

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Toby Hyde: Lets be clear, Harvey’s development would be best served by a few more starts in Triple-A. He has improved dramatically over the course of the year in nearly every respect. If you want to make the argument that the Mets should call him up now, it rests on the progress he has made over the course of the year. In particular, his fastball command is better; he is avoiding the middle of the plate; and he’s working down in the zone. The velocity is there, working 93-94 mph and touching higher marks, but he’s learned he can not live on velocity alone. He was hesitant to use his changeup earlier in the year, but he has begun to use it more lately and with good results.

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Mike Nichols: Look, I understand the development concerns and the affect immediate failure may have on him going forward. But Harvey has pitched 158 minor league innings during the last two years. Add that to the 238 plus innings in college and you have a young pitcher with plenty of experience under his belt. We are not talking about a junior college pitcher that was drafted last month. Yes, pitching in the the Major Leagues and for a team in New York during a pennant chase is much different animal, but I don’t think he needs to be coddled. If, as Toby suggests, Harvey needs a few more minor league starts to further his development, then perhaps the best spot to call up Harvey is during the Mets 11-game West Coast trip that starts later this month. Starting his major league career away from the big lights of New York might be the best scenario.





7 comments
Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

What? He scored during the reg ssn, including a key tying goal in one game, and had 6 assists during very limited sporadic playing time. Reg ssn playing time that is. More importantly, he didn't give the puck away as a 19 yr old nearly as much as the aged 28 yr old has a habit of doing.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

Aged? Yandle is 28! We shouldn't have thrown in the picks but damn give it sometime St. Louis needed to adjust. Duke didn't do anything in the regular season when he had the chance. He only lit it up in pre-season.

bleednblue
bleednblue

I mean he still is a hell of a lot better than john Moore. Obviously we gave up a huge skilled player like the duke, but if you guys think we could have gone on that run when Henrik was out then please check your head. Of course Yandle needs to be better with the puck but Just like we jumped on St. Louis last year, let's give some more games to get that swag. You can tell that he loves this team already. Last night after the Minnesota game he was hooting and smiling with pride as they walked down the tunnel. He is really excited about winning these games. The swag will come.

Victor Kucharew
Victor Kucharew

Hey, he's a high-risk, high-reward d-man. Let's wait until at least the playoffs are over.

Marc Weissman
Marc Weissman

Or perhaps Glen Sather needs to make better decisions with Anthony Duclair. ;)