Matt Harvey is NOT the Savior

WOW that was a helluva Big League Debut! 

Met 1st round draft pick announced himself to MLB by posting a line of: 0R, 3H, 3BB and 11K in 5.1 IP on 106. pitches.

I’ve really AMPED UP about what we might have in Harvey but I caution and plead with all Met fans to take a deep breath and NOT burden this kid with too much pressure.

He’s a kid he’s gonna have bumps in the road. That’s just what happens to young pitchers but when you’re in NYC the hype can jump to hyperspace, both good and bad pub.

So can we try and let the kid develop up here w/o the burden of needing to save the Mets?

But lets get back to that 11K debut! 

Damn the kid had guys swinging and missing at high heat, curveballs inside as well as low and away.

Harvey looked like a vet the way he commanded the mound. Getting staked to a 2-0 lead before he left the dugout was wonderful gift in your 1st game in the Bigs but Harvey was so relaxed he roped a triple in the top of the second.

OK, so Parra took a bad route but Harvey still got into one pretty good.

I couldn’t be happier about having him in the rotation but considering he was struggling at AAA I would expect some less than stellar performances sooner than later.

Btw great job by Alderson to have vet backstop Rob Johnson working with him at AAA and then promote him to catch his debut. That plan sure did work to perfection.

18 Responses to “Matt Harvey is NOT the Savior”

  1. metfan88 Says:

    no, he wont be the savior this year, but he looked like he COULD potentially be top 1-2 of the staff in years to come, he had stuff thats almost as good as strasburg, if not better! they should have brought him up earlier over the washed up batista ( I dont know what exactly they were thinking, just gave away that game)

  2. Joba Chamberlain Says:

    Best of luck, kid. You’re gonna need it.

  3. Howard Says:

    The scouts who said Harvey is a 3 or 4 in the rotation are crazy. That guy has 1 or 2 stuff.

  4. Metsfan88 Says:

    Scouting reports can be overrated sometimes, who thought Lincecum would’ve 2 Cy young considering the way he was built or not built! People changed in the big, let’s hope he can keeps up & next year wheeler too! Go mets!

  5. Lord Charles Says:

    And just think, Zack Wheeler’s stuff is even better. Long way to go with all of them, but it’s certainly nice to have a group of young pitchers (including Niese) who all have legit, big-league arms.

  6. BlondiesJake Says:

    What an exciting debut (tho for me it was watching and refreshing the scoreboard on When I watched the hilites he looked awesome. Of course every outing won’t be like that, but it was a great first one and the team won, so all is good for a day!

  7. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Howard: I don’t think many scouts pegged Harvey as a 3/4 starter. All the reports I’ve read, give him at least a legit chance to develop into a number 1 in time.

  8. Howard Says:


    I went to a gathering during the offseason and a former Mets beat writer (I will not mention his name since he seems to be dead wrong about this one) told the group that many baseball scouts had Harvey as a 3 or 4 in the rotation.

  9. JoMama Says:

    Is he in the rotation now? Or are we talking spot starts?

  10. Patrick Says:

    Remember Zambrano? I don’t even know if I’m spelling it correctly since it’s been so long.

  11. BlondiesJake Says:

    Howard, did the former beat writer tell you that in confidence? If not, why won’t you tell us who said it?

  12. Howard Says:

    He told us in confidence. But he was adamant that the word from scouts was that Harvey was not a top of the rotation pitcher.

    I am just hoping we can get on some type of winning streak and maybe somehow get back in wildcard contention.

  13. JoMama Says:

    Bay is in the lineup again? Man…

  14. Howard Says:

    Did anyone catch the postgame interview with TC making the most ridiculous excuses for Jason Bay not performing. Unbelievable!

  15. foxster Says:

    the team is one game post Harvey and still another one game win streak lies broken and bleeding on the floor. i am now covinced that The Bard of Avon was a baseball fan and must have followed the slings and arrows of the Mets.

    this quote from Macbeth not only applies to the current Met season, bu can easily be applied to ANY Met season:

    “tis a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, yet signifing NOTHING”

  16. Howard Says:

    I think even BMF has had enough. No new post from him regarding last nites game.

  17. BlondiesJake Says:

    Howard, a beat reporter told the fans something in confidence? I promised JoMama I would play nice so I guess I’ll just let that question hang out there for others to evaluate.

  18. Howard Says:

    The beat writer is a nice guy so I dont want to expose his name. He is well known though.

    Does anyone know the record for AB’s without a hit? I wonder if Bay can get in the record books.

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