Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/22/12

I know the Mets didn’t have many options when it came to spot starters but seeing them march Miguel Batista out there on Saturday was completely disheartening.  Sure enough, the the 41-year-old did exactly what one would expect him to do; not pitch well.  Batista was knocked around for 4 ER over 3 innings pitched to bring his ERA for the month of July to 8.32.  Like Manny Acosta and D.J. Carrasco before him, the Mets waited as long as they possibly could before giving into the fact that the 17-year veteran cannot get major league hitters out consistently.

I know, I know, they simply didn’t have any other options.  Well I would have much rather watch Matt Harvey get knocked around on Saturday in the majors than in the minors (the 23-year-old gave up 6 ER in 5 innings for Buffalo yesterday) and at least he might have been able to take something away from the experience.  In fact, it could have been any young starter that the team wanted to give a taste and who knows, maybe a Dodgers team getting a first look at a rookie pitcher would have struggled.

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At this point the Mets have done an overwhelming job of limiting the hype of their prospects to the point where fans are not crazy enough to view any of these kids as saviors.  In fact with the way the front office has held Harvey back I’d completely expect him to struggle through some growing pains and I think most fans would be more than willing to accept that.  Instead it was Batista that pitched on Saturday and set the tone for another losing effort.

This morning the team finally designated the journeyman for assignment.  If Miguel clears waivers the Mets can keep him at Triple-A but the veteran righty does have the option of refusing the assignment and declaring free agency (fingers crossed).

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