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One and done (for now): the Mets demote Collin McHugh

Aug 24, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

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Unless I’m missing something, there have been three good things for the Mets in the second half:

1. R.A. Dickey continuing to be R.A. Dickey;

2. The emergence of Matt Harvey; and

3. Yesterday’s spiffy debut of Collin McHugh, who tossed seven scoreless against Colorado.

Number three will be on hold for a while, unfortunately, because the Mets just shuffled him off to Buffalo to make room for Jeremy Hefner, who is coming back from paternity leave.

This is obviously not some problem. The Mets don’t need a fifth starter in the next week thanks to an off day and the rosters expand a week from Saturday. But it does kind of stink that a kid who just did something cool has to leave so quickly after doing it.

  1. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I’m not a Met fan so I’m not too familiar with their famr system, but does anyone know the ETA of Zach Wheeler is?

    • sdelmonte - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Too soon, and not soon enough, like every great prospect.

    • kappy32 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      There was a lot of speculation that he would be a September call-up after Harvey came up sooner than expected, however Alderson stated Wheeler would not join the Mets this year & would finish the year at AAA after being promoted from AA to fill Harvey’s rotation spot. Wheeler will get his first Spring Training invite in February & will most likely compete for a rotation spot. However, with the way the Mets have been lately, he will probably start the year at AAA & come up in June/July so the Mets & their small-market management can control him for another year. Therefore, his ETA is probably around the ASB in 2013. If there are injuries or he dominates in Spring Training, he’ll be here April 2013.

  2. Ryan Almodovar - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Wheeler’s ETA is probably sometime next summer – similar to Harvey.

    • gammagammahey - Aug 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Huh? Harvey’s already in MLB and probably due to start next season with the big team.

  3. dalucks - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Does it really matter since he will probably be on a 160 inning pitch count next season to save his arm for years to come. As a Mets fan, it looks like they have 3 good pitchers coming in Harvey, McHugh and Zach Wheeler. Hopefully our young hitters can continue to improve and hit consistantly so we can be contenders.

  4. ningenito78 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM


  5. The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    They’re bringing him right back up once rosters expand. This is just being done so that he can continue to pitch on normal rest, since if he stayed in the bigs, he’d be on an extra day if they didn’t want to mess with everyone else. So one start in Buffalo, then back up. This isn’t a big deal, and it’s not that the Mets don’t like him, it’s that they don’t want to screw with his schedule.

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Also, you could find a few more positives for the Mets, regardless of their overall futility:

      4) Ike Davis has an OPS about 200 points higher than his first half OPS, and is showing he may be a valid everyday player after all, regardless of what he did in April and May
      5) Ruben Tejada continues to have a strong year at 22.
      6) Umm….It’s that much closer to the end of Jason Bay’s contract?

  6. exibitsman - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    The mets are going to have one of the best. Pitching staffs in the big leagues next year with RA dickey and matt wheeler and mitch Harvey and Joe niese.

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