Young Pitchers Square Off as Washington Nationals Visit New York Mets

By Justin Söderberg
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of eyes will watching the Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets on Friday night as Stephen Strasburg squares off against Matt Harvey in a serious pitchers’ duel at Citi Field in New York.

Strasburg is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season over 18.1 innings of work. The 24-year-old had a great debut to the season against the Miami Marlins, but struggled against the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves in his last two outings.

The Mets’ Harvey has started the season off in outstanding fashion, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.82 ERA, striking out 25 and only surrendering two earned runs over 22 innings. Similarly to Strasburg, he is also 24-years-old and is a big part of the future of his team.

Both starters are former first-round picks. Strasburg was selected first overall during the 2009 June Amateur Draft, while Harvey went seventh overall in the 2010 draft. The former has more experience, but both have a big future in Major League Baseball.

Harvey has had the better start to the 2013 season and is coming off an outing last Saturday against the Minnesota Twins where he went 6.2 innings before surrendering a hit. However, the Nationals have a much better offensive game which will give them a much better chance of beating the Mets on Friday night.

The three-game series between the Mets and Nationals gets underway on Friday night at 7:10 pm eastern time.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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