Is New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Best Starting Pitcher in MLB?

By Michael Terrill
Is New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Best Starting Pitcher in MLB
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After Matt Harvey’s one-hit gem Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, is there any question as to who is the best starting pitcher in Major League Baseball this season?

The 24-year-old has posted a 4-0 record in seven starts this year. He is first in all of baseball in opponent’s batting average (.133), second in earned run average (1.28), second in strikeouts (58) and fourth in innings pitched (49 1/3). He has also posted 10.58 strikeouts per nine innings, 2.19 walks per nine innings and a 4.83 strikeout to walk ratio.

The New York Mets starter carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the White Sox on Tuesday after he sent down the first 20 batters that came to the plate. Unfortunately, Alex Rios recorded an infield single with two outs in the inning.

“Everything was obviously working,” Harvey said after the game, according to “When I can throw my slider for a strike and also bounce it when I need to, that’s when it starts getting fun. That was definitely the best I’ve felt all year.”

Since White Sox starter Hector Santiago pitched a brilliant game as well, Harvey did not get to record the win after tossing nine innings and striking out 12 batters. However, the Mets did come through in the 10th inning to win the ball game.

Harvey has pitched only one bad game all season, but has yet to record a win since April 19. The second-year player struck out seven batters and surrendered three earned runs on four hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 24. Other than that, the right-hander has given up no more than one run in a single game.

More importantly, New York is 6-1 in his seven starts this season. It does not matter how much time Harvey has in between outings, or he does not have his good stuff every time he steps on the mound. The Mets believe they have a chance to win every single time he steps on the field, and that is a very dangers team to play.

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