Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kudos to Matt Harvey!

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As a New York Mets fan, I must say,  I'm not too disappointed with the team's mediocre 7-7 start thus far. With all the injuries and internal problems surrounding this team-- a .500 season would actually be a (somewhat) success. But even with all their problems the Mets do have some weapons. Daniel Murphy, David Wright and John Buck are off to solid starts. Veteran journeyman Scott Atchison is pitching well out of the bullpen and Lucas Duda seems to be finding his groove.

But their biggest weapon and perhaps the National League's biggest weapon is starting pitcher Matt Harvey who seems to be getting better with each start he makes. Harvey is off to a torrid start (3-0 W/L, 0.82 ERA, 25 K, 6 W, 0.55 WHIP) thus far in this young season. He's pitching like a seasoned superstar rather than a young 24-year old playing in his first full season.

In fact, Harvey has been so good that his first 3 starts have been of historical proportions. According to the Elias Sports Bureau:  Harvey is the first pitcher in modern major-league history (since 1900) to win each of his first three starts of a season, with at least 25 strikeouts and six or fewer hits allowed over those three games.

Take that to the bank! That's pretty amazing considering we are talking about 113 years of baseball. In other words, the likes of Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Lefty Grove, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and on and on and on.... never accomplished this feat.

That, my friends, is pretty impressive!

Here are Harvey's mammoth (first) 3 starts:

1. Apr 3 vs. SDG - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 10 K

2. Apr 8 vs. PHI - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 9 K

3. Apr 13 vs. MIN - 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K

There may not be a whole lot to cheer about with these 2013 Mets-- but one thing is certain-- their young ace looks like he's on his way to being something special. Keep an eye on this kid.

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