Upper Minors Saturday: Matt Harvey Struggles with Command

AAA: Charlotte Knights 11, Buffalo Bisons 0 

With a yawning chasm of a hole in the Mets rotation that Miguel Batista cannot fill, Matt Harvey is not making this an easy decision for the Mets. While Batista struggled with his command in the big leagues, Harvey did likewise in triple-A. Batista in the big leagues in an 8-5 loss to the Dodgers: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Harvey in AAA: did not make this easy on the Mets: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP. Harvey’s last two starts since Dillon Gee’s blood clot: 11.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 BB, and 10 strikeouts.

If the Mets decided last week that Harvey was not ready, it’s hard to argue that after Saturday’s results he is now. And yet, calling Harvey up could still be the right play.

Harvey would struggle in the big leagues now. Even so at the moment, the team is choosing to roll with Batista, who is struggling in the big leagues. Do the Mets prioritize winning games in 2012 less now than a week ago? How does the team’s 3-9 slide in their last 12 games change the calculus? How about the team’s roughly 1-in-5 chances of making the playoffs? Does Harvey even offer an upgrade on Batista at this point? Would Harvey benefit more developmentally from facing big league hitters or more AAA hitters?

The Mets know Batista cannot help now. Even if Harvey performs at roughly Batista’s level and takes his lumps, that could be an investment in 2013 and 2014 so he gets his big league baptism out of the way now and is more prepared to help next year.


AA: @ Bowie Bay Sox 7, Binghamton Mets 5

Hey, look help for the big league team: Mike Baxter was 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

CF Juan Lagares was 2-for-5 to lift his July line to .333/.355/.456 ans his season total to .282/.333/.378 in 96 games.

Gonzalez Germen: 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. Yuck.

Armando Rodriguez: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Yuck.

CJ Nitkowski made his 2012 B-Mets debut with a scoreless inning with two walks. Do with that information what you will.

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