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Miguel Batista Designated for Assignment, Matt Harvey Set to Start on July 26: Fan's Reaction

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According to an report, the New York Mets designated 41-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista for assignment to clear a roster spot for Elvin Ramirez.

Honestly, this move was a long time coming. Batista tallied a 4.82 ERA with a 1.80 WHIP in 30 appearances this year for the Mets, not exactly the lockdown effort you look for from a reliever.

Batista got his season ERA down to 3.45 by June 12, but it was a horror show ever since. He finished up his Mets career on a sour note, giving up at least one earned run in six of his last 10 appearances.

End Of The Line

Batista struggled mightily once the calendar turned to July, as he imploded on July 18 by giving up two runs to the Washington Nationals in a tight 4-3 loss, and followed it up by allowing four runs in three innings of work just three days later against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I give Mets GM Sandy Alderson credit for holding guys responsible for their actions, and showing them the exit when they don't get the job done.

The Mets have a roster chock full of young, exciting talent, and Batista was the one piece of the puzzle that didn't fit. He wasn't going to be a part of the Mets future plans, so this was a move that had to be made.

"It was very tough, Miguel has done a great job here," Mets manager Terry Collins said of the move. "Of course he's a first-class guy and he brings a lot to the party as far as a clubhouse presence. He's done a great job -- whenever you call his name he pitches. It was tough."

Calling On Harvey

Matt Harvey, who was passed up for Batista to earn the spot start against the Dodgers on July 21, will be called up to start July 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mets fans can only wonder if this move is too little, too late, as the team lost nine of 10 and fell under the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Harvey will be a nice shot in the arm for the fan base and you have to like the youth movement heading down the stretch. Catching up to the Washington Nationals, who are 8.5 games up in the NL East, may be a pipe dream at this point, but there's still time to catch up to the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates for one of the final two Wild Card spots.

It's not all that unreasonable to think the Mets have a realistic chance at chipping away at the Braves' five-game Wild Card lead with two months still left on the season. Giving Batista his walking papers and calling up Harvey was the first step in the right direction.

Did the Mets make the right move by calling up Matt Harvey and designating Miguel Batista for assignment? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

Sources, MLB, player and team stats

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