The 23-year-old righty dazzled in his MLB debut on July 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, scattering just three hits and striking out 11 in five and a third scoreless innings of work, while setting a team record for strikeouts in a pitching debut and putting an end to the Mets' six-game losing skid.
Let's be honest here: This was a move that should have been made a month ago when the team was still in serious playoff contention.
As soon as Dillon Gee went down with a season-ending surgery to repair artery damage in his pitching arm, Harvey should have gotten the call up to the big leagues.
He's a name that Mets fans have been hearing about for years, and his minor league stats were good enough to warrant a promotion. Harvey was 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 appearances with Triple-A Buffalo this year, but it took until the last week in July to get him up with the parent club.
Instead of having him here in Citi Field while the Mets were still relevant, we were subjected to the work of 41-year-old journeyman Miguel Batista, who burned out the Mets bullpen by delivering a stinker on July 21 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Batista's Awful Effort
Batista allowed four runs in three innings of work, and the outing was so bad that he was instantly designated for assignment following the game.
Who knows what would have happened if Harvey got that start instead of Batista? The July 21 game sent the Mets into a tailspin that included four losses in the four days that followed, so there was clearly a letdown from Batista's effort.
Harvey provided a much-needed buzz and delivered some energy to a team that looked lifeless over the past two weeks.
"He's lived up to exactly what everybody's talked about," Manager Terry Collins said in a nytimes.com report. "Now we want him to go out the next time and be a little more comfortable and pitch as effectively as he did today."
Harvey Shows Poise
Harvey was impressive because he showed no fear.
There were no rookie jitters and he looked like he belonged out there on the mound. Even when he was in a jam, he remained calm and delivered key strikeouts under pressure.
The Mets may have fallen out of the postseason race after losing 12 of 13, but at least Harvey gives us something positive to watch as we come down the stretch. He's a nice glimpse into our future and I'm excited about our rotation for next season.
What did you like about Matt Harvey's Mets debut on July 26? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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