Matt Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in the MLB through two starts this season. Two games is a small sample size for the New York Mets’ pitcher, but Harvey has been nothing short of dominant so far. The 24 year-old right-hander could be a top pitcher sooner than expected.
It’s tough for Mets fans to get excited about anything the last few seasons. The team is (hopefully) in its last year of a full rebuild after missing the playoffs the last four seasons. While some are still not ready to get excited about Harvey so soon for fear that he turns out to be another Mike Pelfrey or Phil Humber, the fact is that he has already outshined both of those players as a Mets pitcher.
In 10 starts last year Harvey had a 2.73 ERA, which is impressive considering how weak the team was at the end of the season. This season he’s done even better through two starts, with one earned run and 19 strikeouts, including a win against Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies last night.
Harvey’s stuff is remarkable, but his poise is perhaps even more impressive. He exudes confidence with the media and on the mound. Even though he had some command issues last night, Harvey worked through it to strike out nine Phillies’ batters over seven innings. It’s certainly too soon to say that Harvey is a bona fide star in the league, but he is definitely on his way and the Mets’ organization and fans should be excited about it.