What was not surprising, however, was the outings that the Mets’ young star pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler had.
By now, everyone has come to expect Harvey to pitch a gem every time he takes the mound, and game 1 of the doubleheader was no exception. For the third time this season, Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and won a start for the first time in an entire month because the Mets finally gave him enough runs to work with, even though they tried their best to blow another win for him as the team took the game 4-3.
This now improves Harvey’s record to 6-1, and even though that record shows he has pitched very well, it still sells Harvey’s masterful work this season short, as he can easily have nine or 10 wins if the Mets hitters decided to give him more than one or zero runs to work with on a constant basis.
For the night game, Zack Wheeler made his major league debut with the Mets, and with all the hype around Wheeler, no one was shocked that he pitched six innings and gave up zero runs in his first start with the team. Now, Wheeler did not pitch as nearly well as Harvey did as he struggled to locate his pitches and walked five, but made up for it by striking out seven.
What impressed me the most about Wheeler was his ability to bear down with runners on base and get out of innings unscathed. Like Harvey, Wheeler picked up the win, helping the Mets complete the sweep of the doubleheader against the Braves.
The Mets pitching staff, with both Harvey and Wheeler at the helm, sure looks bright for years to come. Now if only Mets management can do something about their pathetic hitting …