With Dillon Gee having surgery on his shoulder, Terry Collins is facing one of his toughest decisions ever as the manager of the New York Mets. Terry’s either going to call up top pitching prospect Matt Harvey or use a subpar talent to fill the void of Gee’s absence. Harvey, who was drafted seventh overall in the 2010 draft, has been pitching at the Triple-A level all year for the Mets affiliate the Buffalo Bisons. The twenty-three year old, has a 7-4 record with a 3.38 ERA in eighteen starts this season. He’s a flamethrower that delivers a fastball that sits in the 95-97 mph range, which helped him strike out 102 batters in 98.1 innings pitched this year.
Matt Harvey is unquestionably a great pitcher who looks to have a very bright future in the Major Leagues. He’s young, he’s got great stuff, and he’s on the right track for success. That track wasn’t supposed to be stopping at Flushing in July 2012. Now, with Gee out for what looks to be almost the rest of the season, Harvey might have to come up sooner than expected. Wally Backman, Harvey’s Manager in Buffalo, has made statements acknowledging that Harvey is not ready for the big leagues just yet. Harvey who has logged 158 innings of minor league ball has the makeup to be the corner stone of a rotation. He is not supposed to be used as a spot starter, which can ultimately end up derailing his progress.
Manager Terry Collins finds himself in a major pickle. He does not want to bring up Harvey and see him fail and go back into the minors. It can hurt his mental state and he can lose confidence. Though, we have all seen what Miguel Batista, Jeremy Hefner, and Chris Schwinden have done with their opportunities to start throughout the first half of the year, and we all could agree we do not want to see it again.
Terry has done a sensational job this season. He has put the Mets in a position that no one would’ve imagined during the days of spring training. He’s pressed all the right buttons to this point. Now, with the start of the second half upon us, this will be the biggest button he has to make a decision on.