Young Guns: Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg Ready For Battle
Two of the game’s premier young pitchers are poised to face off against one another tomorrow evening in the first if a three game set at Citi Field. Washington National ace phenom Stephen Strasburg will climb the bump against the New York Mets prized pitching possession Matt Harvey, which is slated to be one of the best match-ups of this young season.
Both hurlers are former 1st round draft picks for their respective teams, Strasburg went 1st overall in the 2009 amateur draft while his counterpart Harvey went 7th overall a year later in 2010. Both pitchers breezed through the minors and have been dominating major league hitters ever since their call-up to the big leagues.
Harvey has arguably been the most dominating pitcher of the season in either league posting a 3-0 record with an invisible 0.82 earned run average in three starts. The 24-year-old has surrendered only two runs in 22 innings pitched while fanning 25 batters for the middle of the pack Metropolitans.
The Nationals ace right hander has had a slower start to the season owning a 1-2 record with a respectable 2.95 earned run average while surprisingly only striking out 15 batters in his 19 innings pitched. Strasburg is attempting to prove his durability over the rigours of a full major league season after his controversial shut down in the playoffs last season.
Citi Field will be the place to be tomorrow evening for a glimpse of these two young guns trying to better one another. The BHC betting line gives Harvey the edge over the “Stras” as he has been untouchable and will have a little something extra to prove against Strasburg and the media entourage that follows him. The Nationals however are the better team, so bet accordingly.
Batting averages are sure to hit an all-time low tomorrow night, good game to ask the Manager for a night off.