Right off the start in this article I want to admit that Matt Harvey wasn’t my choice to start the National League All-Star game. Luckily I don’t get a vote or someone else would have gotten the starting nod even though the game was being held at his and the New York Mets home stadium. Regardless of whether he should have been chosen as the starter it is good to point out that he pitched nearly flawlessly over the time he was in the game. It is a summation of his year so far.
Harvey has cooled off a little bit from his great winning start to the season but to be sure he is still one of the five best starting pitchers in the game of baseball. Since the All-Star game was at home for the Mets at Citi Field, I guess it makes sense to put Harvey in the starting role. Though his initial nerves were very visible as he gave up a sharp double to Mike Trout and then plunked Robinson Cano in a bad spot and he had to leave the game. From that point he had three strikeouts over two innings and was dominant.
If you look at All-Star starters as being given the honor because of performance for the entire first half, Harvey is as deserving as anyone that takes to the hill in MLB. He leads a team that is finding it difficult to win games but sometimes that is the best setting for a good young pitcher to be transformed into a great one. Tom Glavine started for a struggling last place Atlanta Braves team before stardom hit and Greg Maddux did the same for the Chicago Cubs.
I don’t want to put those labels on Harvey just yet but we’ll settle by saying he is definitely one of the most promising and dominant young starting pitchers in all of baseball. Look for him to start a few more All-Star games in his life that are not being held at his home ballpark.