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Mets confirm they’re going with Miguel Batista

Jul 17, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

Miguel Batista Reuters

The Mets have decided to favor experience over youth, at least for one weekend. They announced that Miguel Batista would initially fill Dillon Gee‘s rotation spot and start Saturday against the Dodgers.

The 41-year-old Batista will be making his first start since May 19. He’s 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in four starts this season. A mop-up man of late, he’s allowed three runs — two earned — and seven hits in four innings out of the pen this month.

The alternative to Batista was Matt Harvey, and the Mets gave enough thought bringing up their 2010 first-round pick that manager Terry Collins felt the need to call him when he wasn’t chosen. Harvey was put on schedule to pitch Saturday when Triple-A Buffalo set its rotation following the All-Star break. He allowed two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings in his start for the Bisons last night.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Yea it sucks but Alderson made the right call. Can’t gamble the future for a shot at the present, the team doesn’t need a farm hand turning into Mike Pelfrey 2.0.

  2. hushbrother - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Miguel Batista, the only active member of he last winning Pirates team (1992)

    Miguel Batista, who pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series against the Yankees but was denied a victory when Byung-Hyun Kim blew his second straight save with two outs in the ninth.

    Miguel Batista, who after filling in as a last-second starter for injured rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg, said after the game, “Imagine, if you go there to see Miss Universe — and you end up having Miss Iowa.”

    The guy has had quite a career.

    • butchhuskey - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Miguel Batista, who wrote a fiction novel called “The Avenger of Blood’

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