Last night in Buffalo, Mark Harvey – one of the Mets top pitching prospects pitched in what could be seen by many as an audition to fill the pitching spot that has been open since Dillon Gee underwent possible season ending surgery. Harvey acquitted himself quite well. In 6 2/3innings, Harvey let up 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 4. Technically he only gave up one run but the Bisons middle reliever, Justin Hampson, allowed an inherited run to score.
Harvey threw 5 no-hit innings before surrendering a run in the sixth. He looked like he had very good command of the strike zone for the most part, and the majority of the balls that were hit off him were of the ground ball variety.
But this was against the Toledo Mud Hens – a team that is not known for being a great hitting team. There is a big difference between facing them and the Los Angeles Dodgers – the team that Harvey could next face if he is promoted.
Look I want to see Harvey called up also. He has to be a better option that Miguel Batista. But with that being said I remember back in the mid ’90′s when Jason Isringhausen – then one of the Mets top pitching prospects was rushed up mid season and pitched adequately at best. Who knows, maybe Harvey can thrive under that kind of pressure.
But us Mets fans also will have to be patient with Harvey if he is promoted. He is sure to suffer some bumps and bruises in the transition to the Major Leagues. We can’t expect him to be an amalgamation of Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver coming out of the gate. Look at Mike Pelfrey. He was a highly regarded first round pitching prospect for the Mets. We all had extremely high hopes for him, and sometimes he lived up to those expectations – while many times he didn’t – and the fans let him know their displeasure with him for not living up to the hype.
Ultimately it is Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and Mets assistant G.M J.P Riccardi to decision. They are ultimately the ones who will know if Harvey is truly ready r not – not us the fans.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets manager from the ’75 season, Roy McMillan would have been 83 (1929) .
Mets coach from the ’81 season, Deron Johnson would have been 74 today (1938) .
Whenever Mo Vaughn hears the word buffalo he makes sure to call his Jenny Craig sponsor !!!!