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Matt Harvey finishes strong, joins elite company before being shut down by Mets

Sep 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Matt Harvey‘s final start of the season was delayed one day by a rain and the Mets rookie tossed seven innings of one-run, one-hit ball against the Phillies last night before being shut down to limit his workload.

Harvey finishes with a 2.73 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 70/26 K/BB ratio in 59 innings, which along with his at times overpowering raw stuff has to have Mets fans awfully excited.

He also joins some pretty elite company by making double-digit starts and striking out double-digit batters per nine innings as a 23-year-old, which had previously been accomplished by just seven other pitchers in baseball history:

                      YEAR     SO/9
MATT HARVEY           2012     10.6
Stephen Strasburg     2012     11.1
Scott Kazmir          2007     10.4
Mark Prior            2004     10.5
Johan Santana         2002     11.4
Bobby Witt            1987     10.1
Sam McDowell          1966     10.4
Sandy Koufax          1959     10.2

That’s a pretty interesting mix of pitching phenoms.

Counting his work in the minors Harvey threw a total of 169.1 innings this season with 182 strikeouts versus 139 hits allowed. His control still needs plenty of work, but Harvey sure looks like he has ace potential.

  1. sknut - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Between Harvey and Wheeler looks like the Mets have some good starting blocks for years to come.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    At least pitching wont be a question for next season.

    • gammagammahey - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      The Mets may need to trade from that depth to fill in the holes at nearly every other position.

  3. Gobias Industries - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Quick! Trade him for Victor Zambrano while his stock is high!

    • baseballisboring - Sep 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I heard the Sugarland Skeeters are interested…

  4. sicklife1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    As a Mets fan, I’ve heard this story too many times before to get excited. Paul Wilson, Bill Pulsipher, & Jason Isringhausen were supposed to lead us to glory years ago. How’d that work out? And Isringhausen was only good AFTER he left the Mets, and started to close games. Most recently Pelfrey was the next “ace”. Lets see Harvey do this for a full season before we start singing his praises.

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