New York Mets: Why Did Sandy Alderson Wait so Long on Matt Harvey?

Alex Giobbi@@alexgiobbiAnalyst IOctober 16, 2016

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Matt Harvey #70 of the New York Mets meets with catcher Josh Thole #30 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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Top prospect Matt Harvey will finally make his ascent to the big leagues on Thursday, pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For most, if not all Mets fans, the collective response is: "It's about damn time!"

Harvey, who skyrocketed from Double-A to Triple-A, has been nothing short of impressive. Considered the first part of the Mets' "Big 3" of prospects, along with Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia, Harvey has the stuff to be a staff ace for years to come.

Harvey, however, comes as a knee-jerk reaction to Miguel Batista's unsurprisingly ineffective start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Many had expected Harvey to make his big league debut then, considering the losses of Dillon Gee and Johan Santana to injuries.

General manager Sandy Alderson is the one who is responsible for keeping Miguel Batista in as a starter and delaying Matt Harvey's debut. Insignificant as it may seem, having Harvey pitch Saturday may have made a big difference.

Let's start off with Batista. Long removed from his good days—which happened 11 years ago in the Arizona desert where he won a World Series ring—he has pitched like a geriatric this year.

It's a wonder why Alderson has kept him, and has not gone for a younger option from Triple-A, like Garrett Olsen. Anybody could have done a better job then Batista, who is way past his prime, and should have retired maybe a few years ago.

With the Mets in a free fall, maybe Harvey could stop the bleeding, if only for one game. Look at Dillon Gee, when he made his September debut back in 2010, he had a solid stretch, even if it was during meaningless games.

Whether or not Harvey makes an impact is to be seen, but having him up now may be a good way to keep fan interest on the rise. Maybe if Harvey does work out, then Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia might contribute as well in September. Let's hope so. And let's hope the Mets get out of this funk.