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Matt Harvey Starts Tonight

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) Matt Harvey, pitching in a preseason game.

Well, this is less than ideal. Typically, an organization would like to invite its 23-year-old, unproven pitching prospect to make his MLB debut in a comfortable, relaxed setting, with plenty of support around him and ample room to err. This is not the case for Matt Harvey, who will take the mound for the Mets tonight in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

Sandy Alderson made it clear a couple months ago that Harvey wasn't ready and that the Mets weren't likely to call on him. That was, of course, before New York entered a post–All-Star break swoon and exhausted every conceivable alternative with Johan Santana sidelined. The Mets have lost six straight, they're desperate, and they're turning to Harvey whether he's ready or not.

Mets fans are hopeful. Terry Collins is doing what he can to talk the guy up. Rob Johnson, a familiar face, is back in town and likely to catch for Harvey tonight. Harvey himself sounded confident and ready to go when speaking to Steve Serby of the Post.

Hey, New York's got nothing to lose here. Let's see what happens!

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