One night after Bobby Ojeda sang the praises of 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey, the right-hander suffered his worst outing as a pro. Harvey allowed a first-inning grand slam, a two-run homer in the third inning, and before he could get out of the fourth-inning he had given up a total of seven earned runs.
His final line was as follows: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.
Shake it off kid.
Original Post 5/10 – Bobby O Says Matt Harvey Could Help Mets This Season
Tonight during the Geico Postgame Show on SNY, Bobby Ojeda was asked how the Chris Young injury impacts the rotation going forward.
“Obviously this is a devastating blow to the rotation, you could say he was the Mets best starting pitcher this season. Now they will have to turn to Dillon Gee who has done an outstanding job for the Mets so far. Throw him out there and see what he can give you.”
He then switched gears and said, the Mets have two pitchers in the minors who could probably help this team at the major league level. One of them he said was Mark Cohoon who is pitching in Binghamton. “Solid pitcher, good stuff, could probably make the jump and handle it okay.”
He then said, “but the best option the Mets have is their 2010 first round pick, Matt Harvey. He’s 23 years old and they have him pitching at St. Lucie, he’s too old to be down there and too good. Why the hell are they letting him pitch in St. Lucie for? He’s a big college kid and very refined. ”
Actually, Matt Harvey is still 22, so he misspoke there, but the rest of his argument was very compelling.
The big right-hander hails from the University of North Carolina and has been absolutely dominating at Class A St. Lucie, where he has a 4-1 record and 1.10 ERA in six starts, while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings.
Ojeda also said, “Harvey has overpowering stuff and great control, they should have started him at Binghamton and by now he would probably be knocking on Buffalo’s door and then the Mets soon after that. And by they way, this is not rushing him. Harvey should be in Double-AA being challenged and he’s good enough to move through the system this season at an accelerated pace and he wouldn’t be the first pitcher ever to do that.”
In a way I’m pretty excited to hear a savvy veteran like Bobby Ojeda speak so confidently about how good Harvey is and his enthusiasm and argument for moving him up was very surprising and caught me off guard.
I have a lot of respect for Bobby O, and I look forward to seeing how the Mets handle Matt Harvey as the season wears on. One look at his numbers does indicate that Ojeda is probably right about having Harvey start the season in Binghamton rather than St. Lucie.
I wonder if anyone in the front office was tuned in to SNY and listening to Bobby Ojeda tonight?
I will add this, another injury to a starting pitcher would really mean dire straits for the Mets and they will most likely have to turn to one of their pitching prospects. Unless of course they make a trade for a starting pitcher. D.J. Carrasco is pitching terribly since being demoted to Buffalo and that 2-year deal he signed is starting to look like a waste of money.