Thursday, June 13, 2013

How Good Is Matt Harvey and How Bad Are The Mets (Part 1)?

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There's no question that New York Mets ace Matt Harvey is one of the best young arms to come along in a long time. The 24-year old right-hander has a spotless 5-0 record with a 2.10 ERA in 13 starts thus far this year. But his record is not indicative of how good he really is because, well, his team just can't muster more wins for him. Harvey leads the team with 10 Quality Starts but has posted 8 no-decisions in his last nine starts. In other words, he has pitched well enough to win but his run support is atrocious.

During his 8 no-decisions in 9-starts span, Harvey has posted a 2.66 ERA which is historical. Here's how ESPN via the Elias Sports Bureau summarized it:

Matt Harvey started Saturday's game, and allowed one run over seven innings before leaving with an injury. While Harvey kept his record intact - he has not been the losing pitcher in any of his 13 starts this season - Saturday's game marked the eighth time in his last nine starts that he had no decision. Harvey's sequence marks the 29th time in major-league history that a starting pitcher has reached no decision eight times within a span of nine straight starts within one season (with no relief appearances during that streak); that was most recently done by Roy Oswalt four years ago. But Harvey's 2.66 ERA over those nine starts is by far the lowest in any of those 29 sequences; the previous low was a 3.07 ERA by Cincinnati's Erik Hanson from June 12 to July 28 in 1994. (Like Harvey, Hanson was 1-0 with eight no-decisions over that span.)

The fact that the Mets rank 25th in the major leagues in runs scored is (most definitely) a detriment as to how good Harvey really is. What a shame!

Sports Illustrated
Read "How Good Is Matt Harvey and How Bad Are The New York Mets (Part 2) HERE.

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