The New York Mets were initially reluctant to promote their first-round draft pick from two years ago, but desperation is setting in.
The free-falling Mets are calling up highly touted Matt Harvey, hoping that in his major league debut the right-hander can help the team to its first victory in seven contests Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
New York (47-51) arrives in Arizona to open a season-high 11-game road trip after losing 5-2 to Washington on Wednesday to cap an 0-6 homestand. The Mets, who last dropped seven in a row overall in April 2011, have lost 12 of 13 to fall seven games out in the NL wild-card race.
"Losing is one thing," third baseman David Wright said. "The way that we're going about it right now is unacceptable."
Wright finished the homestand 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts, and New York was outscored 13-5 from the seventh inning on in its last four.
"We're going to get through it," manager Terry Collins said. "You ...