When the New York Mets selected Matt Harvey with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, they were hoping that they found their ace of the future.
For Harvey, the future was not too far in the distance. In 2011, he posted a 13-5 record with 156 strikeouts in only 135.2 innings across High-A and Double-A ball. The next season, he went 7-5 in Triple-A with more than a strikeout-per-inning before being called up to the majors in the second half of 2012.
While there, Harvey posted a 3-5 record; however, that was more a product of pitching on the Mets than of Harvey. He posted a 2.73 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in only 59.1 innings.
This season, Harvey has been nothing short of phenomenal. In his first six starts of the season, Harvey is 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA (good for second in the National League), a microscopic 0.82 WHIP (also good for second in the National League), is sixth in the National League with 46 strikeouts and has posted quality starts in five of his six starts, giving up more than one run only once.
Harvey has been the lone bright spot for the Mets this season as the team has earned five of their 12 wins when Harvey is the starting pitcher. The Mets pitching staff holds a 4.32 ERA, good for 24th in MLB despite Harvey’s success. They also have not been helped by their poor hitting as the team is batting .234, good for 27th in MLB.
Luckily for the Mets, they get to face an equally light-hitting team in the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are the worst hitting team in the American League in almost every category (runs, batting average, on-base percentage and more), and will send Hector Santiago out on the mound this evening.
Santiago made his first start of the season last week, pitching 5.1 innings and only giving up one earned run on two hits. He was incredibly effective this season out of the bullpen, not conceding an earned run until April 27.
The White Sox take on the Mets at Citi Field in Queens, New York tonight at 7:10 p.m eastern.