"He's not ready."
It's a pretty simple sentence that I don't find to be too complicated to understand. But for some reason, there is an alarmingly large group of Mets fans out there that can't comprehend this fact about prospect Matt Harvey.
Sandy Alderson has said himself that Harvey is not ready, and that the organization is not even looking to bring him up any time soon.
With the loss of Mike Pelfrey to Tommy John surgery, and the disaster that followed with Chris Schwinden, I still see fans asking about Harvey.
Right now the Mets need a stopper. Someone who can fill the void until someone is ready to be in the starting rotation long-term.
If I had to guess, I would say Chris Young will get the spot in the rotation as soon as he is done rehabilitating his shoulder.
To date, Harvey has just 30 innings under his belt at Triple-A. His first few starts for Buffalo were ugly, and he has just recently found his groove.
The same thing happened last season when he was called up to Double-A Binghamton. He struggled in his first few starts before finding success.
I don't know about you, but I'm sensing a pattern here.
If Harvey were to get called up now, I'd bet that this pattern continues. He'll probably get shelled in his first few starts, and hopefully straighten things out.
He still has things he needs to work on, and I think we can all agree that the Major Leagues is not a place to learn as a young player.
I understand that fans want to see him pitch, but now is not the time.
He's not ready.