Mark Your Calendars: Wheeler, Harvey Could Start Both Ends Of Double Dip June 18
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — So the Mets have finally sent down first baseman Ike Davis, as well as outfielder Mike Baxter and relief pitcher Robert Carson.
But we’re willing to bet that Mets fans aren’t too excited about who general manager Sandy Alderson called up to replace them: first baseman Josh Satin, outfielder Collin Cowgill and reliever Josh Edgin.
Both Cowgill and Edgin were demoted earlier this season due to poor performance, and Satin has struggled in 16 games at the big-league level.
But there is one impeding callup that Mets fans are eagerly awaiting. And that, of course, is the promotion of top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
The 23-year-old could make his major-league debut in grand fashion, as part of a doubleheader against the Braves on June 18.
“This probably has some accuracy,” Alderson told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Monday when asked if Wheeler would start on that day.
And who would start the other game of the double dip? None other than ace Matt Harvey.
In this incredibly glum season, it’s something for Amazin’s fans to get excited about. Ace following ace. The future No. 1 and No. 2 starters for potentially the next decade.
Plans could always change, but both starters are in place to take the hill a week from tomorrow. Wheeler is expected to make one more start in the minors before joining the big club.
And Harvey, who left Saturday’s game with lower back tightness, said that he won’t miss a start.
“Everything is fine,” Harvey said on Sunday. “I woke up today and felt good. They told me that I’m starting on Thursday, so I’m ready to go.”
In 12 starts this season for Triple-A Las Vegas, the former first-round pick is 4-1 with a 4.14 ERA. He has struck out 66 and walked 25 in 63 innings pitched.
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