If you haven’t heard of Matt Harvey by now, it brings me great pleasure to introduce the two of you. Meet the best pitcher on the New York Mets roster and the man who is responsible for one of the greatest starts to a season in Major League Baseball history. Harvey was off and on last season but this year he has been completely dominant from the opening bell until his latest start.
Take a look at these numbers. Harvey is 3-0 with 22 innings pitched over three games. In that time frame he has given up only six hits and two runs for a 0.83 ERA officially. As if that weren’t good enough he also decided to add 26 strikeouts to the stat-line. Just glance at those numbers and ask yourself how good this guy must really be. Watching him pitch, you see just a guy with good stuff that knows how to pitch.
In other words there appears to be no danger of his gimmick fading away or players getting used to a strange delivery. All he his is good nasty pitches that are extremely difficult to hit so far. Harvey is the perfect leader for the surprisingly good Mets team. Next up on his hit list is the struggling Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.
Before the season you would have had no problem thinking Strasburg would have stats like Harvey currently has. It just goes to show you that pitching a good controlled ball from the same position with the same delivery and arm speed is even harder than it looks. Harvey seems to have it figured out right now though. We’ll see how well he does against the tough Nationals.