As a starting pitcher, winning games for the New York Mets
is not an easy thing to do. However, Matt Harvey
is making it look easy. The 6’4 right hander has started 6 games for the Mets this season and is responsible for 4 of their 12 wins so far. Harvey has made 6 starts this season, posting a 4-0 record with a sparkling 1.56 ERA. Harvey has also struck out 46 while only walking 12. With these numbers, it is hard to say he’s not a star.
When asked about his future, Harvey said, "We don’t look at it as two years from now, three years from now, like everybody’s been saying. We’re here to win now, and we’re going to do everything we can with what we have to win. Every time I take the ball, it’s go time".
Harvey is the type of player who wants to win and will do whatever it takes despite his own personal achievements. The former first round draft pick was not always as dominant as he seems. The Mets were worried about his control problems. Harvey finished his minor league career with a total of 95 walks over a 2-year span. That was over shadowed by his unreal strikeout total which was 268.
The Mets called up Matt Harvey from Triple AAA ball in the middle of the 2012 season. He made his debut in Arizona against a mediocre Diamondback team. Harvey lasted 5.1 innings striking out 11 and giving up no runs on 3 hits. The 11 strikeouts set a new Mets’ record for strikeouts by a pitcher during their debut. Harvey made 10 starts last season, posting a 3-5 record.
In the early goings of the 2013 season, Harvey has really proved himself. This is mostly because he has perfected his secondary pitches. Harvey has developed a slider he throws at 90 mph and a changeup that’s down at 85 mph, and can throw them for strikes at will. He has the stuff that could make him the best pitcher in Mets’ history.
SNY’s Matthew Cerrone once said, "My bet is Harvey never win a Cy Young". Well at this moment, Harvey is making Cerrone eat his words. Although very early in the season, Harvey is on pace to win the NL Cy Young and start the All-Star game at Citi Field. Like I said, it is still much too early to tell, but if anyone can keep it up, Harvey can.
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