5 Reasons Why New York Mets’ Matt Harvey Should Start MLB All-Star Game
5 Reasons Why New York Mets Pitcher Matt Harvey Should Start MLB All-Star Game
With a little more than two weeks left before the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, things are starting to clear up a bit with regards to who’s going to be playing in the game and more importantly, who’s going to be starting the game. One player that deserves strong consideration to be an All-Star starter for the National League is New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
Being the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game isn’t quite as glamorous as it used to be, but it’s something that Harvey certainly wants. He is as competitive of a person as there is as he’s always striving to the best, and so he would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to be chosen as the National League’s top pitcher and get a chance to start the All-Star Game. There are more than a few good reasons for why he should he the first pitcher to get the ball for the NL in the game, and the following slides will illustrate a few of them.
Of course, Harvey faces some stiff competition for the right to throw out the first meaningful pitch in the All-Star Game. He has certainly taken the National League by storm in his first full season in the big leagues, but there are a few more established veterans who are also eyeing the honor of getting the start in the Midsummer Classic. It may be far from a guarantee that he’ll get the nod as the starter, but he has as good a chance as anybody else. Here are five reasons why Harvey should be the All-Star Game starter for the National League.
5. He'll Be Pitching At Home
Yes, it’d be a little unfair for player to get the start just because of where the game is being played, but how great would it be if Harvey could start the All-Star Game in front of his home fans? There hasn’t been a lot to cheer about at Citi Field this year other than Harvey, and taking the mound to begin the Midsummer Classic would symbolize how important he has been to the Mets this year. If Harvey starts the game, there’ll be a definite buzz around the ballpark leading up to it, and isn’t that exactly what baseball wants from its All-Star Game?
4. All of Baseball Deserves To See Him
With the Mets being so bad this season, they haven’t been on national television a lot, and so not everyone has had a chance to see Harvey pitch. There’s no doubt that Harvey is one of the top young pitchers in the game, and baseball fans everywhere deserve a chance to see him perform. Starting the All-Star Game will be the perfect stage for him to pitch for all to see.
3. He'll Help The National League Win
Apparently this game means something, and putting Harvey on the mound to start the game is a move that will help the National League win. No one in baseball has flirted with a no-hitter more frequently than Harvey has this season, so surely he can keep the American League All-Star Team at bay for two or three innings, putting the National League in good position to win the game.
2. He Leads The National League In Strikeouts
Yes, chicks dig the long ball, but with pitching starting to take over the league once again, it’s all about the strikeouts — and no one has racked up the strikeouts in the National League this year like Harvey. He mows down opposing hitters with great regularity, and nothing could be more exciting at the start of an All-Star Game than a pitcher who can light up the radar gun and make the world’s best hitters look foolish on swings and misses against high heat and a devastating curveball.
1. He's Earned It
There are good arguments that can be made in support of Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright and a few other guys, but those guys aren’t as deserving as Harvey. Aside from his lack of wins (because he plays on such a bad team), Harvey is near the top in every statistical category, doing so with tremendous amounts of pressure every time out knowing that he probably won’t get much run support. He’s been the most consistent pitcher in the National League this year, and his ERA is an even 2.00; he deserves to start the All-Star Game.