Matt Harvey Pitching Himself Into Elite Class
Matt Harvey was a prospect you heard about from the New York Mets but Zack Wheeler has been the bigger name. Wheeler is still down in the minors and has even been struggling at the beginning of this year. Harvey was called up last year and has never looked back, he continues to get better and could even be an All Star this season. It is his rookie season, his first full year in the majors and he looks like he will be around for a long time to come. Harvey was 3-5 last season with a 2.73 ERA. He started ten games and threw 59 1/3 innings giving up 42 hits. He had 26 walks and 70 strikeouts. This season he is 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA, he has pitched seven games and 49 1/3 innings. Harvey has given up 22 hits and 12 walks with 58 strikeouts. Those are very impressive numbers especially for a young pitcher in New York and not on a very good team.
Harvey has been very impressive and the thing about him is he was kind of the forgotten man with Wheeler getting all the hype. Harvey was a top pick and prospect for the Mets but was overshadowed. He didn’t have great numbers in AAA but the Mets gave him a chance last season and he hasn’t looked back since then. The Mets have an ace now and he plans on being there for a long time. The Mets hope that Wheeler can be as good as him or close to as good as him and they will have a very formidable top of the rotation for years to come. The key now to Harvey is to stay healthy.
Harvey according to the Elias Sports Bureau is the first pitcher in the last 100 years with at least 125 strikeouts and 25 or fewer earned runs allowed in his first 17 career starts. He just turned 24 in March and has just dominated so far this season. Harvey was not thought of as an ace last season when he came up in July but that has all changed now.
The hardest thing to do is develop pitching and it is very important. It is very expensive to pay a free agent pitcher and also a lot of those guys end up signing long term deals with their current teams now. The guys now a days don’t go to free agency as often as they used to. It seems to be reverting back to old times with a lot more guys staying with one team for their entire careers. The Mets sure hope that is the case with Harvey and they will gladly pay him if he keeps this up. I don’t see any reason why he won’t keep it up.
Harvey reminds a lot of people of Tom Seaver, I wasn’t around for that but I can see the comparisons knowing about Seaver. Seaver came to the Mets when they were a struggling franchise and transformed them into winners or at least was a big reason why they became winners. Harvey has a lot of that in him where he just refuses to lose and is going to bring that winning attitude to the team. He is a great guy to build around and looks to rejuvenate the franchise in lots of ways. When Harvey is pitching he is must watch television and there is a buzz in the ballpark, not many guys can have that happen but he is one of those rare ones. Harvey is must see right now and the Mets are very happy about that.