New York Mets: Why Now Is the Time to Bring Matt Harvey to the Big Leagues

Billy DunnContributor IJuly 21, 2012

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Matt Harvey #70 of the New York Mets pitches during a preseason game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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With Dillon Gee's return this season in jeopardy, it is time for the Mets to call upon top prospect Matt Harvey and his services. The seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft has had a great two years in the minor leagues, compiling a 20-9 record and a 3.33 ERA. 

This past season, with Triple-A Buffalo, Harvey is 7-4 with a 3.34 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 19 games.

Now that Dillon Gee has joined Mike Pelfrey on the DL, the Mets are starting to run thin on starting pitching. Chris Young has not enjoyed much success filling in, posting a 2-4 record with a 4.11 ERA. Also, Miguel Batista, who has been chosen to start Saturday over Harvey, is not really a reliable option, posting a 4.33 ERA this season.

So, with question marks all over the fourth and fifth spots in the Mets rotation, why not let Harvey get a chance? He has enjoyed success in each level of the minor leagues, and the only way he can get better is with major league experience.

In his last three minor league starts, Harvey allowed only four runs while striking out 19 batters, and went at least six innings in each start.

Also, with the way Johan Santana has been struggling since his no-hitter, the Mets starting rotation is looking weaker as the season progresses.

With the team struggling since the All-Star break, losing all but one game, they could also use some fresh energy to jump start them and help them halt the free fall.

The Mets have been struggling mightily of late, and with their starting rotation weakening by the day, calling up Matt Harvey may just be the panacea to help them bounce back to their early season successes.