If anything, Matt Harvey has proven that he can stand up to pressure. Under scrutiny with a rotation spot open on the Mets, Harvey took the mound in Buffalo Monday night and pitched very well.
With J.P. Ricciardi in attendance and watching closely, Harvey took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Toldeo Mud Mens. He ended up giving up three hits and two runs (one scored after he exited) in 6.2 innings. He did, however, walk four batters.
“Obviously I’m not happy with this many walks, but I feel like my last couple starts have been pretty good. I’m feeling confident with all my pitches,” he said after the game according to The New York Times.
When asked if he thinks he is ready to join the Mets, he said, “I do. I do.”
Ricciardi downplayed his presence at the game.
“This is not like I’m here to see him pitch, and he goes to the big leagues,” Ricciardi said before the game. “He’s had a good year, he’s doing a good job, and we’re going to keep monitoring him.”
The Mets will next need a fifth starter on Saturday against the Dodgers at Citi Field. At this point it is either Harvey or 74-year-old Miguel Batista. Seems like a simple choice to me.