Matt Harvey Makes MLB Debut with Mets in Tough Situation

Bradley Smith@@Bradley_Smith88Contributor IIIJuly 26, 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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The New York Mets can try to quell expectations all they want, but Matt Harvey is already under a lot of pressure.

The 23-year-old right-hander will make his major league debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday. Harvey will take the mound trying to stop the Mets skid as they have lost their last six games and 12 of their last 13.

After trying to protect Harvey by keeping him in the minors, the Mets now call upon him to pitch in a situation where even the most experienced veteran pitchers fail.

"It is what it is," Mets skipper Terry Collins said. "He's going to have to realize there's lots of things that come with pitching in the big leagues, and one of them might be to stop a losing streak." (h/t

Injuries to starting pitchers Dillon Gee and Johan Santana opened the door, and the ineffectiveness of Miguel Batista broke it down. The time is now for Harvey.

Harvey has breezed through the minors and has pitched well at Triple-A Buffalo. His record this season is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA and 112 strikeouts. The cause for concern is his command and control.

His 48 walks in 110 innings of work will make anyone cringe, but that is something he will have to continue to work on.

"I can't do what I can't do. All I can do is go out and do the best I can and see what goes from there," Harvey said. "Minor adjustments are going to be made. I'm not going to change my whole repertoire." (h/t Newsday)

Harvey is saying all the right things. He is not trying to make the situation any bigger than it is. He is mindful that this is a process and he cannot be Superman.

It would be unfair to Harvey and the Mets for fans to pin their hopes of salvaging the season on his right arm. Rather, they should look at his debut as the start of something special.

Whether or not Harvey succeeds against the Diamondbacks amidst this current skid, the future is bright and the future is now, and that should be enough to get any Mets fan excited.