Matt Harvey was the right choice to start the 2013 MLB All-Star game, because it’s a game all about the fans. Harvey was the hometown favorite with great numbers in the first half, and therefore he got the nod over Clayton Kershaw, who’s having an equally good season.
The ASG was a chance for Harvey to really establish himself as one of the game’s bright young stars, but his night didn’t get off to a good start. The 24-year old pitcher gave up a lead off double to Mike Trout on the game’s first pitch, then proceeded to drill Robinson Cano in the knee with a fastball to put runners on first and second. Cano was hit in a vulnerable spot on his quad and eventually had to leave the game. It just flat looked bad for Harvey at that point.
As Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate you thought, oh he’s in for it now, but the young hurler rebounded by striking out the triple crown winner. Next he got regular season home run leader Chris Davis to pop up, and then fanned Jose Bautista to end the inning. Harvey saved a potentially disastrous first inning.
In the second inning Harvey was a completely different pitcher. He retired the side in order, recording two K’s in the process.
Overall, it was a great night for the young right-hander. It’s pretty clear that nerves got the best of him early on, but he showed his mental toughness over the next six outs. Bruce Bochy‘s call to start Harvey was backed up and the hometown favorite got to shine in the national spotlight while keep the AL off the board.
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