Friday, July 27, 2012

Harvey Wall-Banger!: Mets Rookie Rocks D'Backs In ML Debut


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The much awaited debut of Mets 2010 first round draft pick Matt Harvey was one to remember. The 23 year old Mets rookie pitcher had his Major League debut last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and when his night ended 5.1 innings into the game, the D'Backs were left scratching their heads.

Harvey set a Mets rookie record by striking out 11 batters in his first start, breaking the previous record of 8 held by none other than Tom Seaver and Bill Denehy, both in 1967.

Not only was the tall righthander mowing down Arizona batters, but he was also 2-2 with a double. Not bad, a 1.000 winning percentage and a 1.000 batting average. On this pace, he will be undefeated for his career and bat 1.000. Sure fire Hall Of Famer (relax, only kidding).

In our poll, 88% of our readers felt that Harvey should be called up. In all honesty, I was not one of the 66%. I felt from what I had read that Harvey didn't have enough command of his secondary and tertiary pitches to get Major League hitters out. Last night all of his pitches were working well and it showed. His fastball was clocked at 96 MPH.

According to Elias, Matt Harvey is the first pitcher since 1900 to have 10+ strikeouts and two hits in his debut.

Not a bad start for the kid, and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Mets have been reeling after losing all but one game since the All Star break. Might the Mets have caught lightning in a bottle with their #1 pick? Only time will tell, but he is off to a great start, and it's nice to have positive news concerning the Mets.

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