Matt Harvey is having a tremendous start to the 2013 season. With 32 strikeouts and a WHIP of just 0.66 in 29 innings this year, he is proving to be one of the best draft picks the New York Mets have made in recent memory.
Harvey is just 24-years-old and is already an ace in the making. As of now, he’s in the top-five in several categories in not just the National League, but the entire MLB. Harvey is in the top-five in strikeouts, WHIP, HR/9, wins above replacement, ERA and also leads the majors in wins with four, tied with Clay Buchholz. It’s about time the Mets finally have a pitching prospect that they can do something with.
Over the last few years, the Mets have had to deal with inconsistent pitching from the likes of John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Chris Young and many more. Now, they at least have one pitcher that can actually contend for the Cy Young award. Imagine the Mets having pitchers winning the Cy Young award in back-to-back seasons? That would be something wouldn’t it.
Harvey’s strong start is rather amazing. If he wants to continue to thrive, he’s going to have to make sure that he doesn’t let the confidence get to his head. There are going to be points this season where he will struggle just like every other pitcher. He’s going to lose some of his velocity over the course of this year if the Mets overuse him.
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case as Terry Collins hasn’t let Harvey toss more than 110 pitches in any of his first four starts. Harvey is looking strong this year as his combination of pitches with an elite fastball are messing with the minds of batters each time he’s on the mound.
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