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Harvey on the hill for Bisons

Red-hot right-hander Matt Harvey, the Mets' No. 1 pick in 2010, is on the mound tonight as the Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs in Coca-Cola Field. Harvey is 2-1, 4.85 in five starts this season -- but 2-0, 2.08 with 15 strikeouts and just three walks over 13 innings of his last two.

Chris Schwinden blew up again today for the Mets in an 8-1 loss in Houston and the rotation up top needs help. What about Harvey? I say that would be waaaaaaaaaay too soon. Harvey enters tonight with just 86 pro innings above Class A ball. SNY broadcaster and ex-Mets starter Ron Darling shot down any move with Harvey, or Jeurys Familia, on this afternoon's postgame show when he said, "Don't you dare touch them yet."

I would agree. We need to see more from Harvey and especially Familia, a lot more. From a selfish standpoint, it would be nice to see more of them here. This is just Harvey's second home start of the season; and he lasted just 3 2/3 innings of his first one, the 10-9 win over Pawtucket on April 15. And his next two figure to be on the road as well, Monday at Gwinnett and May 12 against Charlotte. We don't figure to see him here again until May 17 against the G-Braves.

Elsewhere on the Buffalo roster, catcher Rob Johnson has returned from a stint on the disabled list after a sprained knee and will catch Harvey tonight. Vinny Rottino carries a 12-game hitting streak into the game. As for Syracuse, St. Francis product Jim Negrych is not in tonight's starting lineup. Here's the Buffalo lineup:

Bobby Scales, 2b
Vinny Rottino,  lf
Valentino Pascucci, 1b
Fred Lewis, rf
Zach Lutz, 3b
Dustin Martin, cf
Rob Johnson,  c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Matt Harvey, p

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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